The Others …
The Phillies have scored just eight runs in four games. Their 2.0 runs per game average and .492 OPS each rank 29th in baseball. (Only the Twins are worse in both categories.) The Phillies also have just four extra-base hits, which is last.
Charlie Manuel sounds more than a little concerned about his team’s inability to hit the ball hard, and it’s easy to see why after watching these last four games.
But it got me wondering how many other hitters would sell their first-born child for a multi-hit game right about now?
Here are some notables:
- Jayson Werth: 1-for-14, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts.
- Dan Uggla: 1-for-13, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts.
- Todd Helton: 1-for-12, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout.
- Jacoby Ellsbury: 2-for-17, 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts.
- Michael Bourn: 2-for-15, 1 double, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts.
- Joe Mauer: 2-for-14, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts.
- Aramis Ramirez: 2-for-14, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts.
- Mark Teixeira: 2-for-14, 1 double, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts.
- Joey Votto: 2-for-13, 1 home run, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts.
This list isn’t supposed to make you feel better because these are individual players on teams that are producing better than the Phillies (other than Mauer). Although some teams like the Rockies, Braves, Reds and Nationals aren’t lighting the world on fire with their offenses, either. But maybe it will make the Phillies rest a little easier tonight knowing there are a bunch of MVPs, All-Stars and other successful hitters off to dreadful starts as well.
David’s Book Talk interviews Jim Salisbury about The Rotation. Give it a listen here.
Jim Salisbury and I co-authored the book The Rotation, which is now available. Check it out here!
Here are our upcoming book signings:
- April 26: Barnes & Noble in Marlton, NJ, 7 p.m.
- May 10: Tredyfrrin Public Library in Stafford, PA, 7:30 p.m.