Thus far the Phillies are doing nearly everything I expected. Starting pitching has been better than anticipated. Relief pitching has been horrendous. Hitting has been anemic. Base-running hasn't improved, Davey Lopes notwithstanding. Charlie Manuel remains clueless about his batting order and use of the bullpen. And the Phils have stumbled out of the gate.
It isn't easy to be 2.5 games out of first place having only played two games yourself, but, ladies and gentlemen, these are your 2007 Philadelphia Phillies.