Offensive thunder is last on the list of concerns, and Jayson Werth did, in fact, account for two of the Phillies’ three runs against Toronto. But one reader identifies a dark cloud under the silver lining:
“Watching the way Howard and Ibanez struggled last night against a middling left-hander still indicates to me that the Phillies' lineup could use some adjusting. Werth is the wild card righty somewhere between 2 and 6, and frankly, he's not been enough of a presence in that role to this point. Maybe it's time to move Feliz up a bit to help break up that cluster of left-handedness. Manuel will scream to the hills that it don't matter, but hell if it don't sometimes, Charlie.” – RSB
Beerleaguer: Following a listless night at the plate, let’s continue this offensive pile-on and talk about Ryan Howard for a moment. For the second year in a row, he’s been downright putrid against lefties, hitting .194/.263/.350 with 39 strikeouts in 112 plate appearances. The Phillies need to admit that Howard has now been exposed as a liability against lefties. Here’s an absolutely absurd idea; bear with me. Give John Mayberry a couple of reps at first at Triple-A, just for jags. Good athlete. Future is on the bench anyway. Just one more avenue to get his good bat against lefties onto the field.