The 2015 Phillies offense is everything we hoped it would be and more. Today, against Jacob deGrom and the Mets bullpen, the Phillies mustered 7 hits, all of which were singles. No one ever expected this Phillies team to generate much in the way of run, but that Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Ben Revere are weakest links through 7 games is especially concerning.
Chase Utley went 0-for-3 with a walk. He's now hitting .091 (2-for-22) with 2 BB and 6 SO.
Ryan Howard went 1-for-4 with a strikeout. He has managed to hit .167 (4-for-24) with 8 SO through 7 games.
Ben Revere struck out twice today. He has now struck out 5 times this season. He has also recorded a strikeout in 4 consecutive games, which is tied for the second longest such streak of his career. In all of 2014, he only struck out 49 times and had the third lowest K% among qualified hitters. At least he's getting it all out of his system early.
Aaron Harang and Jeanmar Gomez combined give up only 1 earned run in 8 innings. The second run came on a sacrifice fly after a tailor-made double play ball went through Utley's legs into right field. The Phillies pitching continues to be surprisingly effective, albeit unglamorous.
A full recap will be up later, but use the comments to react and express frustration that the Phillies have now been shut out twice in seven games. They are below .500 for the first time in approximately 42 hours.