A quick scan of a sortable National League stat table finds that in most cases, the Phillies rate average or below at their position in OPS.
Framing the scoring lull from a national perspective does little to soothe bubbling anxieties over the suddenly ice-cold offense. Counting players with 40 at bats or more, Placido Polanco rates best among peers, ranking 4th with a .874 early season OPS. In center field, Shane Victorino sits 5th with a .791, with Matt Kemp bouncing back big with a 1.170 to set the pace at his position. At first, Ryan Howard (.843) is far from setting the bar, trailing Joey Votto, Prince Fielder, Todd Helton, Ike Davis and Gaby Sanchez. Carlos Ruiz and his .741 is lodged in the middle of the pack between 36 starters and backups. Wilson Valdez's .702 rates 8th, well off the leaders, but still ahead of Dan Uggla (.661). The Phillies will happily take it. Ben Francisco (.692) rates 8th with a giant down arrow next to it. Jimmy Rollins is hitting a humble .676, which is 9th among shortstops. Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki (1.183) is baseball's overall frontrunner in the category. For those who are interested, Rollins' .676 rates 12th among three-hole hitters. Finally, in left, Raul Ibanez and his piddling .591 ranks 11th. Only Ryan Ludwick is worse among left-fielders with over 40 at bats.
Folks, that's a whole lotta blah. I'm sure the advanced scouts have been scribbling in their notes something to this effect: "Stay away from their power, holster your fastball and pound them with junk the way Shaun Marcum, Randy Wolf, Livan Hernandez and Chris Young did in the first few weeks."