Just Like Old Times
Do we detect life from the Phillies offense?
They scored 10 runs last night in a victory over Florida. It had been a while, hadn’t it? Phillies fall behind, slowly come back, lose the lead, come back again and win. It felt like forever, which is why somebody asked Jayson Werth if it reminded him of an “old style” win?
“Old style?” he said. “You mean like ’50s and ’60s?”
Good answer, but the Phillies hadn’t had a night like this since they beat the Pirates on May 17, 12-2.
There were some encouraging signs:
- Raul Ibanez went 4-for-5, his first four-hit game since May 15, 2009.
- Chase Utley had a couple hits. I’ve been told Utley is healthy. He’s just slumping.
- Ryan Howard had two hits and homered.
- The offense has scored five or more runs in three of their last four games. They went 12 consecutive games scoring three or fewer runs before that.
The middle of the lineup has been an abyss in recent weeks. Little to no production. I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails and questions from people via Twitter and Facebook about the Phillies’ problems and how they can solve them. The short answer: the big guys need to hit and they need Jimmy Rollins healthy. Shaking up the bench won’t do anything. If the Phillies think adding a new bench player is going to save the offense they’re nuts. They simply need Utley, Howard, Werth and Ibanez to start hitting. And they need Rollins back. It’s that simple. Well, it’s not simple. Hitting a baseball is hard, but you know what I mean.
The Phillies are very close to signing first-round pick Jesse Biddle. An announcement could come as early as today.