The microcosm of the Phillies universe can be whittled down to a single series in Pittsburgh.
Win one. Lose one. Win one. Lose one. A .500 effort from a .500 ballclub. The series saw the token game with more runs than they needed, battering the Bucs 12-1 in the opener. They built on that momentum next game by beating out a whole four hits against Kippy Wells, losing 3-0 on Tuesday. Wednesday night is what I would call a “normal effort” offensively, waiting until the seventh inning to really get anything going, winning 5-0 thanks to solid pitching from Vicente Padilla and company (the token abnormality. Note Robinson Tejeda did not pitch this series).
That brings us to last night, when the only thing missing to complete the sphere of wonder was the heartless game when they stranded a ton of men on base. The final: 2-1, letting this truly winnable series slip away, weenie style.
That’s 18 runs by my count, an average of 4.5 per game, on par with their season average of 4.66. By that measure, they have a pretty good offense based on league standards.
Next time you read or hear that stat to justify the quality of this offense, tell that person to take his stat and shove it.