The Phillies have yet to score since Sandberg took over for Charlie Manuel, suffering their 12th shutout of the season on Saturday night. That's the most times the Phillies have been blanked since 1991 when the Phillies finished the season with a 78-84 record.
However, averaging just 3.74 runs per game puts the Phillies on pace to record the fewest runs per game in a season since 1988 when they lost 96 games.
Of course, the Phillies faced Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw in Sandberg's first two games as manager. And though that doesn't exactly seem fair, Sandberg can get a good, hard look at what his team is.
"When you’re facing the best right now, you get a gauge where you’re at," Sandberg said after last night's game.
Chances are that if Sandberg were still managing Triple-A Lehigh Valley, his lineup wouldn't be too much different than the one he has going for him with the Phillies. Who knows ... maybe with the IronPigs he would use Michael Martinez off the bench?
Here's the Phillies lineup for Sunday's game:
1.) Michael Martinez, ss
2.) Kevin Frandsen, 1b
3.) Chase Utley, 2b
4.) Dom Brown, lf
5.) Darin Ruf, rf
6.) Cody Asche, 3b
7.) Casper Wells, cf
8.) Carlos Ruiz, c
9.) Cole Hamels, p
Is Michael Martinez such a bad option when compared to the way Jimmy Rollins has played lately? Since the All-Star break Rollins is batting just .214 with a .252 on-base percentage. He is also 1 for his last 15 with two double play groundouts and three strikeouts. Rollins hasn't scored a run since Aug. 6 and has scored just three runs since July 20.
Martinez is 4 for 17 in his five starts this season.
Hey, why not?
In the meantime, here's the video we watched in the dugout before Saturday's game ... those IronPigs were pretty spunky!