The Phillies were third in the NL in June in runs, batting average, OBP, slugging percentage and extra-base hits. They played 28 games against teams that were a combined 63 games under .500. And they went 13-15.
It doesn't seem to matter what happens with this team, it's just not a winning bunch anymore. When they hit they don't pitch. When a quality start is tossed (the Phils lead baseball in them), the bullpen falls apart. When the hitting and pitching are clicking, defensive or baserunning miscues cancel them out. This has been going on since opening day 2012.
The major issue in June was the bullpen. Phillies relievers had a 4.92 ERA and seven losses. Justin De Fratus flopped in the late-inning role he was given. He could rebound, sure, but the results were the results. The "good stuff" these relievers have hasn't yet translated into big-league success.
The biggest positives to come out of June were the play of Ben Revere, Chase Utley and Delmon Young. Revere hit .354 with a .390 OBP. Utley returned to play 10 games, and hit .382 with seven extra-base hits and 11 runs in his final eight. Delmon Young hit .307 with an .830 OPS.
Even Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown -- all of whom struggled for all or some of June -- walked 12 times apiece. Those 36 walks were one fewer than their combined total for all of April and May.
Unfortunately, individual performances are all we have to talk about through the first three months. The Phillies are five games under .500, 9.5 out in the division, 7.5 out in the wild-card race, and it's hard to figure out what we're rooting for on a nightly basis: Wins to make up those deficits or losses to speed up the inevitable "retooling."