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How Good Has the Offense Been?

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This good

  • The Phillies' team OPS of .820 leads the National League, as does their 35 home runs and .466 slugging percentage. 
  • The team's .272 batting average is fourth in the league, and their .354 on-base percentage is fifth. 
  • The Phils are third in the NL with 145 runs scored, despite having played four less games than the league-leading Dodgers (151) and three less than the second-ranking Cardinals (148). 
  • The lineup includes two hitters (Raul Ibanez and Chase Utley) in the top five among batting average, home runs, slugging percentage and OPS. 
  • Six Phillies--Utley, Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, Pedro Feliz and Jayson Werth--are on pace to drive in at least 115 runs (h/t Beerleaguer), and four (Utley, Ibanez, Feliz and Victorino) are batting over .300. 
As a team, the Phils are on pace to score 979 runs--which is good, since they're also on pace to allow 891. While Feliz and Victorino aren't very likely to sustain their early production, improvement from Jimmy Rollins--who's still hitting .210 for the season, but has gone 10 for 32 (.313) over the last seven days--and a teamwide pickup in steals (just 11 so far, tied for 13th in the league) should balance that out somewhat. And while Howard has gotten off to a solid start thus far (.295/.385/.526, with five homers and 20 RBI), he hasn't yet gone on one of his home run tears that can carry the offense for a week or two. (Of course, he also hasn't fallen into one of those lost weeks in which he gets two hits and strikes out 18 times, either.) 

Whether one sees the glass as half-empty or half-full for the first-place Phillies depends on what happens first and most: the pitching, especially the rotation, rediscovers some semblance of its 2008 form, or the hitters come back to earth after a virtually teamwide scorching start.