Let's start with this: The Phillies have been outscored by 58 runs through their first 76 games. In the history of baseball, no team has ever made the playoffs when it's been outscored that badly to this point in the season.
Only two such teams even won 83 games. The Phils' run differential is so bad that it's better than only the Marlins and Astros, who have a combined payroll of close to $100 million less than the Phillies.
This has just been a dreadful team, for reasons both in and out of Ruben Amaro's and Charlie Manuel's control.
The rightfielders have the worst batting average and OBP in the National League.
The catchers rank 14th in the NL in OBP.
The second basemen are 13th in OPS.
The third basemen are 12th in homers.
The centerfielders are dead last in slugging.
On Sunday they were held scoreless by yet another starting pitcher. It was the 13th time this season they didn't score against a SP. Last season, they did it only 12 times. In 2011, just 13.
A 10-game road trip through San Diego, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh begins tonight at 10:10 p.m. The Padres have won 9 of 13, and have a .600 winning percentage at home.