Time to get depressed about an $160 million payroll that might be capable of 80 wins. Somehow, some way, the Phillies have been even worse in the late innings than they were in 2012...
• The Phillies have allowed the most eighth-inning runs in the National League.
• The bullpen has six losses and three holds. How is that even possible? No other NL team has fewer than seven holds.
• The bullpen has a 1.48 WHIP, worst in the majors.
• Phillippe Aumont is one of only two major-league relievers to have thrown at least 65 balls in fewer than 150 pitches. (Tom Gorzelanny is the other.)
• Some of the bullpen issues can be blamed on an offense that refuses to give it any breathing room. The Phillies have scored 19 runs in innings 4-6 of games, dead-last in the majors. The league-average is 32, and keep in mind that comes from many teams that have played fewer games than the Phillies.
• Think about that ... 19 runs in 69 fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
• But hey, at least it gets worse in innings 7-9, when the Phillies have an NL-low .252 on-base percentage. Nine walks, 59 strikeouts in innings 7-9.
• Seventh-worst record in baseball. Sixth-worst run differential. Eighth-fewest runs scored. Sixth-most runs allowed.
• Since 2000, only one NL team has made the playoffs with an OBP under .320 -- the 2012 Reds, who made up for it with tremendous power and an elite bullpen. It probably goes even farther back than 2000, but I was counting manually. The Phillies have a .301 team OBP, and were at .317 last year.
Can you see this Phillies team exceeding a .320 OBP? This look like a playoff team to you? These look like correctable problems to you?
To me, it looks like a team that needs a legitimately powerful five-hole hitter, a guy who gets on base at the top of the order and at least one more reliever who knows where the strike zone is. But that could just be me.