Phils Start Slow, Lose 2 out of 3 to Bucs
Coming into the 2012 Phillies season we knew this offense wasn't going to be that good with Chase Utley and Ryan Howard out of the lineup, well....against the Pirates, we saw how bad it actually is. In the first two games of the series, the Phillies mustered just 2 runs, 1 in each. Game 1 we saw Roy Halladay dominate the Bucs to pick up the opening day win, in game 2 Cliff Lee held the Bucs to one run, the problem was, the Phils couldn't score more than a run that night. Alex Presley beat out an infield single to give the Pirates a 2-1 lead which set the stage for the rubber match on Sunday. The Phils were up 4-1 in the 7th with big hits from Hunter Pence and Juan Pierre, in the bottom of the 7th, the wheels fell off. The Pirates would score 2 in the 7th, 1 in the 8th, and then 1 in the bottom of the 9th on a walk off single by Andrew McCutchen giving the Pirates the series win.
If there is a bright spot from this series, it's that the Phils have always struggled against Pittsburgh and this isn't something new. There are many signs of concern though, looking up and down the lineup, frankly, it's just not that good. The outfield is solid, but with an infield consisting of an aging Rollins and Polanco, the rookie 2nd baseman Galvis, and then the mess at first base consisting of Thome, Nix, Wigginton, and Mayberry, the Phils could be in trouble.
The argument to that is, well with the pitching we have we should be fine. The problem is, if this series is any indication, our pitchers are going to need to be almost perfect to win games. This is a great staff, but with little offense, we're relying on these guys way too much to carry us to another NL East title.
Today is the Phils home opener as Cole Hamels gets the start for the Phightins against the new look Miami Marlins. Anibal Sanchez is on the mound for the fish.
Hey, who knows? Maybe playing in front of a sold out CBP will light a fire under the offense and we'll see a big day from them. LET'S GO PHILS!