All winter long Phillies fans have been fed the idea their beloved team can become the elite team they once were. All that was needed was a few prayers, some added players from teams past and players like Howard and Utley to have banner years. Then came spring training The Phillies season started off promising, they took two out of three from the Chicago Cubs, but lost the third game 8 - 3..
Since then the team has dropped three games to the Brewers all in ugly fashion, 10 -4 on Tuesday, 9-4 on Wednesday and 6 - 2 on Thursday. The team is not playing well in all phases of the game especially the bullpen. The team has a weekend series starting Friday with the Miami Marlins. A series in which they are hope to right some of the wrongs of the past few games..
The Phillies have three prayers they hope will be answered going into the weekend series.
The Phillies are praying their hitting will improve. The Phillies are batting a team average of .263 with Chase Utley having the best average of the starters. The team needs to improve on their average as players like Rollins and Howard need to get hot at the plate if the team is to succeed at the plate. Oh yeah, the hitters need to take pitchers deep into the count instead of swinging at the first few pitches.
The Phillies are praying their pitching will improve. The Philiies starters are lukewarm,at best with all of the starters sporting ERA's over 3.00 with the exception of Cliff Lee whose ERA is over 5.00. Then there is the bullpen, well with a combined 4.94 ERA and a few blown saves there is really no relief to be found.
The Phillies are also praying for a little help with their fielding. The Phillies who are usually stalwarts in the field have committed several error. the most recent of which was a Ryan Howard error which helped the Brewers break open the first game of the home stand.
While some are not worried about the slow start of the 2014 Phillies because as they note there are a lot more games to be played. Others point to the fact every game is important and every loss puts the Phillies further down in the win/loss column and further behind the competition.