Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Phils' Aces Need Some Run Support

Blog by Haz Bey
Phillies are struggling at the Plate
The Philadelphia Phillies has the best pitching staff the MLB has seen since the '90s Atlanta Braves.  So there is no surprise that the Phillies have the best record currently in the NL.  So should Phillies' fans, like myself, have any concerns about this years Phillies?  Absolutely we should.  The Phils are struggling out the gate and are failing to score runs.  Scoring no more than 2 runs in all, but 1 game so far.  This is only putting more pressure on the starting pitching staff to basically pitch shut-out ball.  That's too much to ask for from batting line-up that is missing a former MVP in Ryan Howard and an elite ball player in Chase Utley.  Even an all-time pitching staff deserves 4 to 6 runs a game from their line-up.  Grant it, the Phils are legendary for having slow starts with this current group that has won 1 World Series Championship, 2 National League Titles & 5 straight NL East titles, but the Phillies need to let this terrific starting pitching staff of Halladay, Lee & Hamels play with a lead to oppose to just keeping the Phillies in the game.  This team has the ingredients to win another World Series Title, but they have to play better offensively to stay afloat until Ryan Howard and Chase Utley return to the line-up.  The Braves, Mets, Marlins & Nationals are all gearing up to end the Phillies reign on top the the NL East and if the Phillies can just change their approach at the plate from looking for big hits to playing small ball and manufacturing runs.  This team is older and do not have the "Pop" in their bats that they used to and haven't really had it for the last 2 years.  So it is Charlie Manuel's job to get these guys to put the ball in play rather than trying to smack balls out of the park.  Former MVP Jimmy Rollins must control the clubhouse and make sure everyone is buying in to Charlie Manuel's game plan.  The Phillies resume has been fantastic the last 5 years, but there is still more to accomplish with this group.  Lets just hope they can generate some offense to not fall too far behind the elite teams in the National League to give the city of Brotherly Love a fighting chance at another World Championship.

Can't blame the staff for their problems...

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