But here’s the problem. The Phillies can bash teams like the Mets and Marlins and that’s all good, but excluding their 8-2 record against those teams, they’re 5-14 against the rest of the league. That’s not going to work. Nor is scoring two runs or less in 41 percent (12 of 29 games) of their games and it’s hard to imagine warmer weather and Delmon Young making that much of a difference. Nor is a middle relief featuring Chad Durbin, Jeremy Horst, and Raul Valdes.
The Phillies have a great chance to even things up this weekend and help wash away a bumpy start, but these games won’t be nearly as telling as their seven-game west coast swing next week against San Francisco and Arizona. Based on the first month of the season, there’s not much reason to be optimistic.