Ah, There’s the Offense
Honestly, after watching the way this trip started, 5-5 seems like quite an accomplishment.
The Phillies hit just .239/.283/.317 with just 27 extra-base hits in their first 16 games. They averaged just 2.7 runs per game in that stretch. But in the three-game series against the Diamondbacks, they hit .327/.351/545 with 13 extra-base hits. They averaged 6.7 runs per game in the series.
Now the trick is keeping it up …
Jim Salisbury and I are signing copies of The Rotation at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Barnes & Noble in Marlton, N.J.
Father’s Day is coming up! Stop by!
Placido Polanco went 3-for-3 with two walks today. He desperately needed an afternoon like that.
“It was a very good feeling,” he said. “I’m seeing the ball better. And we won.”
Charlie Manuel has said Polanco’s lack of at-bats in Spring Training might have affected his start. Polanco doesn’t agree.
“I’m just off with my timing,” he said. “Sometimes you make adjustments in a day or two days. Sometimes it takes longer. Sometimes you have one good day, two bad days. You want to find a point where you stay steady and have good at-bats every day. That’s when the team start to go really well.”
It goes without saying the Phillies need Polanco to pick up, especially if Manuel plans to keep hitting him second.
Salisbury and I co-authored the book The Rotation, which is now available. Check it out here! Here are our upcoming book signings:
- Thursday: Barnes & Noble in Marlton, NJ, 7 p.m.
- Sunday: Citizens Bank Park, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
- May 10: Tredyfrrin Public Library in Stafford, PA, 7:30 p.m.
- June 2: Citizens Bank Park, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.