The Phillies are no longer second to last in baseball in runs scored. They're tied for second to last.
The brain trust wanted small ball. So far, the Phillies have delivered in some ways but have fallen short in others. Sufficed to say, this is a team in transition. A lack of power isn't the only noteworthy difference. Check out these latest National League rankings, courtesy of Hall of Fame Beerleaguer MG: AVG: .260 (3rd); OBP: .297 (13rd); OPS: .643 (13rd); ISO: .086 (15th); wOBA: .287 (12th): % BB: 5.2 % (15th): % K: 17.1 % (4th); BB/K: 0.30 (15th); % LD: 19.3 % (12th); % HR/FB: 6.8 % (13th); SB: 10th (1st).
Here's an executive summary. As MG notes, readers who always harped about 'productive outs' and less strikeouts have gotten their wish this season as the team is striking out in only 17 percent of at bats (in large because Ryan Howard is out of the lineup). It's no surprise the team's isolated slugging percentage sits dead last (.086), but the team's on-base percentage (.297) and number of walks taken - just 17 all season - has worked against the small-ball strategy. However, the Phillies are succeeding in two areas - batting average (.260) and stolen bases (10, 1st in the NL). The Phils outhit the Mets by a large margin this weekend, but have largely been poor / unlucky with runners in scoring position, which has driven down the run total.