Alert Beerleaguer, EastFallowfield, informs us that Tuesday's charitable eighth pushed the Phillies to the head of the NL East pack in runs (309).
No reason to feel guilty for enjoying the fruits of a massive bullpen fail like this (four walks, two hit batters, five hits, nine runs). The Phils haven't benefitted from such a meltdown all season and have mostly needed to scratch and claw for every single run since the opening weeks. All the gift runs from Tuesday's win are more than enough to cover the five shutouts the Phils have suffered this season. The Phils earned a few of them, too, with hard RBI hits by Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins, and Ross Gload's seventh-inning pinch RBI, adding to his recent tear of big pinch hits, shows exactly why the Phils couldn't afford to lose him to the DL.
All things equal, the Phils have risen to the status of "league average offense," and there's comfort in that. For every below-average category, like slugging, they're above average in another, like walks or on-base. The Phils still trail the Mets in the division in average runs-per-game (4.18 to New York's 4.21), but they're in much better standing than the run-starved Braves, a team considered the Phillies' stiffest competition by a wide margin in Monday's vote. With the win, the Phils climbed back to their season-best 18 games over .500. If they can somehow sweep this series, they'll get another monkey off their back by improving to .500 against .500 or better competition.
Phillies in on Ludwick: According to a FoxSports report, the Phillies are among the teams that have inquired on the availability of Padres 32-year-old left fielder Ryan Ludwick, who is hitting .255/.322/.393 with nine homers playing half his games at hitter-unfriendly Petco. Comparatively speaking, Ludwick rates 10th among left fielders with a 1.2 WAR, while Raul Ibanez and his -1.2 rates 20th, which is dead last among left fielders and the lowest among all qualified outfielders.
Five-hole woes: Finally, check out these mindblowing numbers from Ryan Lawrence. Good grief.