Rough start for the Phillies

AP Photo/Alex Brandon

by Alex Young

The Phillies dropped the first home game of the season with a 6-2 loss against the Florida Miami Marlins. The Citizens Bank Park faithful were treated to continued offensive struggles from the phials. You know it’s a rough day when the biggest bat was Freddy Galvis who got his first major league hit was a 2-run double in the 7th.

Many, like myself, were prepared for a bit of a dip in the batting numbers with the injuries this team had to start the year with, but I was not expecting so many problems with defense. For the third game in a row, the Phillies got pretty good pitching from their starter but lapses in defensive positioning, timely hitting and good base running from the Marlins ultimately did them in.

Even with a 1-3 record, it’s only April 9th and it’s not the time to panic. It’s not time, as one radio caller said, to trade our older aces for prospects or to fire Charlie Manuel. It’s time to figure out what the lineup is. Think about this team compared to last years team. Not a single player hits in the same place in the lineup that they did in 2011.  They have no fewer than four new players (Ty Wiggington, Lance Nix, Juan Pierre and Galvis) that figure to play  major roles at least until Ryan Howard and Chase Utley come back. It’s time to figure out what the bullpen is. They have a much younger group of relievers and a new closer. It can take time for guys to get comfortable in their new roles.

So please stop worrying. There are still 158 games left and plenty of time to settle in. The Phillies are still the team to beat.

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