There's nothing more exciting in baseball than an overpowering offense. The homeruns, the RBIs, the stolen bases, the runs scored, hit after hit after hit, but the Phil's gotta know that their fans don't want to see it all in just one game.
You've heard the saying "don't put all your eggs in one basket", I'd like to amend that for the Phillies to say "don't score all your runs in one game."
Yesterday the Phil's put up 10 runs in an all out trouncing of the Minnestota Twins. Chase Utley was three for four with two bombs and 4 RBIs, Jimmy Rollins went two for three, Cole Hamels was even in on the offensive action going two for three with an RBI. All in all ten different Phillies had hits and six different Phils knocked in runs.
So why am I complaining about an eight run win, because(including todays game against the Yankees) in the four games surrounding yesterdays massacre the Phils managed a total of nine runs with three losses and a tie to Boston.
Before that it was more of the same - a 10-6 victory over Toronto where the bats were alive. The four games before that saw a total of eight runs and four losses.
The Phillies stand a good chance of scoring the most runs in the National League this year if a few of their bats can wake up from their spring slumber (Ryan Howard, Pat Burrell and Aaron Rowand), but that's not necessarily going to help them if they only swing the bats every five days.
Their pitching staff may be the best it's been in a decade, but even Brett Myers and Freddy Garcia are going to need some run support to win games.
The Phillies have a spring record of 9-16, which is damn near the basement in the grapefruit league, this goes to show that you can't make a playoff run by winning every fifth game, no matter how convincing the victory is. The Phil's coaching staff is pretty good, hopefully they can teach the boys to spread out the twenty runs evenly over four games instead of scoring more than half of them in one afternoon, and hopefully they can do it in less than a week.