Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Offense Down

With their losing ways, the Phillies (7-10) have quickly begun to draw negative attention, related to their lackluster offense.  As the club struggles to find a remedy (the team has used 13 different lineups, from the 1 through 8 spots, in 17 games), analysts and fans alike have begun to pick apart the club's weak efforts at the plate.  To understand just how poorly the team has performed, take a look at some noteworthy stats and rankings...

The Phillies rank 29th out of 30 Major League Baseball teams in runs scored.

The Phillies rank 15th out of 16 National League teams in OPS.

The Phillies are 29th out of 30 MLB team in extra-base hits.

There are only 2 teams in MLB with fewer homeruns than the Phillies.

There is only 1 team in MLB with fewer triples than the Phillies.

There are just two teams in MLB with fewer doubles than the Phillies.

Carlos Ruiz's .760 OPS leads the team.  That's good enough to rank 38th in the National League.

Shane Victorino's 3-run homerun in the 9th inning against the Diamondbacks on Monday night was the team's only homerun with runners on base this season.

The Phillies are last in the National League with just 1 pinch hit.  The team is 1-for-21 (.048 avg) in pinch hitting situations.  What was supposed to be an improved bench has been forced into starting assignments due to some disabled stars.

Many folks missed injured stars Chase Utley and Ryan Howard weeks ago, when the Phillies began their season with the same high hopes that they always start out with.  But, now, after watching this kind of ineptitude with the bats, everyone is sure to realize exactly what the club lacks without the presence of their two best known All-Stars.


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