Today, Philadelphians can choose between the lovely spring weather, the Stanley Cup Playoffs at 3 p.m. or a 3-5 Phillies team that has scored two or fewer runs in five of their eight games this season.
Beerleaguer: Is interest in the Phillies waning? That's the subject for today and a question worthy of our weekly poll. Granted, we're over two months away from the Summer Solstice and this time of year truly belongs to the city's hockey team. However, the Phillies, like any team, depends on non-Beerleaguers, that superficial support from fans who want to see stars hit home runs and the liberty bell go gong after every home win.
It's no mystery why the Phillies are where they are. They're second to last in the league in runs scored, just ahead of the Pirates, who beat them in the opening series. They're also 29th in home runs. They're stringing together hits; they've actually out-hit the Mets this series, but they're missing "big" hits. Let's just say it: they're missing the Big Piece.
Lineup: Pierre LF, Victorino CF, Rollins SS, Pence RF, Wigginton 3B, Nix 1B, Ruiz C, Orr 2B, Hamels P. Now that you've seen that, you might want to adjust your schedule accordingly.