Hyde wrote:Last year the Phillies were fifth in the NL in runs scored 791 and 9th in the NL in team avg .261 and 9th in the NL in hr's with 166. So far this year they are only averaging 2.75 runs a game. Last year the Dodgers who had one of the worst offense's ever scored 3.5 runs a game. The Phillies aren't as bad as last year's Dodger team, but they are just an average offensive team that is slumping right now. Alot of managers play with the lineup especially when a team is struggling. I'm sure Abreu will hit 3rd and Thome 4th most of the season.
They're better than average offensively.
Most everyone would agree that Burrell will improve (impossible to do otherwise) from last year and he's a large reason that the Phillies' statistics don't look good on paper. When you average in a .209 average of 522 AB, it'll tend to bring things down.
Bowa has said repeatedly that he'd like Burrell in the middle of Abreau and Thome to break up the two left-handed hitters. Tonight, he moved Burrell down to 5th, but I don't see that as the norm. Abreu has lost a step and batting him 3rd doesn't have the advantage it used to stealing bases. I think Bowa ideally wants Thome, Burrell, Abreu. As you said, Bowa is just playing with the lineup right now.