The Phillies are 5-7, in last place in the NL East. And the pessimists are taking over the world, one post at a time.
But we want the optimists to have their say too. And we want it to be now, since a 1-3 weekend in San Diego could send the "Season = over" t-shirts into mass production.
Here are a few Phillies hitters that have struggled through the first dozen games of the season. Some are worth panicking about, others aren't. It'll be interesting to see if the diehard pessimists can go 'panic' on all five, or vice versa for the glass-is-half-full Phillies fans. Obviously it's still very early in the season and expectations for these players weren't super-high. But when the division is improved and the roster is aging, it's never too early to be panicked. Or patient...
1) John Mayberry Jr. - Hitting .212/.212/.242 in 33 at-bats. One extra-base hit. No walks. Two RBIs. Striking out 27% of the time.
2) Placido Polanco - Hitting .179/.220/.205 in 39 at-bats. One extra-base hit. One walk. One RBI. Striking out 15% of the time - well above his career average.
3) Ty Wigginton - Hitting .240/.310/.400 in 25 at-bats. Two extra-base hits. A couple of costly errors. No discernible value at any defensive position.
4) Jim Thome - Hitting .083/.154/.083 in 12 at-bats. One single. Six strikeouts, including a brutal K with the game on the line last night.
5) Laynce Nix - Hitting .188/.278/.313 in 16 at-bats. Two extra-base hits, both doubles. Five strikeouts. Doesn't look particularly comfortable at first base.