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Philadelphia Phillies: The Phloundering Offense

Posted By Adrian Fedkiw On Apr 19 2012 @ 8:22 pm In Philadelphia Phillies | 1 Comment

As the Pittsburgh Penguins kept ripping the back of the net in a 10-3 thrashing of the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night, a question was proposed amongst my colleagues.

Can the Philadelphia Phillies score 10 or more runs in a baseball game this season?

My initial response was of course, once Ryan Howard and Chase Utley come back.

And then the question became, what if they don’t return this year?

“I’ll get back to you,”  I said.

Then I did the research and realized how preposterous the original question was.

But before I get to my findings, here’s a little tidbit… the Phillies tallied double-digit run totals at least 10-or-more times in each of the last five seasons.

2011: 12 times

2010: 18 times

2009: 18 times

2008: 10 times

2007: 12 times

So I did a quick little experiment and here’s what I proceeded to find.

Of the three teams that scored fewer than 600 total runs in 2011 (Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco), each scored 10-or-more runs in a game at least once.

In fact, San Diego did it eight times, San Francisco five and Seattle four.

So to answer the original question?

Yes.

But I know why the question was asked.

It’s no secret, as Ruben Amaro continued to stockpile aces in the starting rotation, the offense has slipped over recent years. The power has dipped and the crooked-number innings have decreased.

This year, without Utley and Howard in the order, the only consistent power threat is Hunter Pence.

That was evidenced in a 5-2 loss to the Mets where the Phillies registered 11 hits — but only two were for extra bases.

So far through 12 games, Philadelphia has tallied 35 runs, half their total over the course of 12 games last year.

In the end, we must also remember that it’s still the first month of the season.

Charlie Manuel has tinkered with the lineup every night, trying to find the right solution.

He’s shuffled first baseman in each of the first four games, and has platooned Juan Pierre and John Mayberry Jr. in left field.

 

 

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