The 2012 version of the Philadelphia Phillies were predicted by many (including Las Vegas) to represent the National League in the World Series. The most dominant pitching staff in the majors returned relatively intact, with the addition of a top-three closer in the game in Jonathan Papelbon.
The Philadelphia Phillies were also predicted to struggle in 2012 offensively, but who'd believe that they would be this bad?
As a team, they are hitting just .248 with 38 extra-base hits. There is an absolute power shortage in the City of Brotherly Love.
Remember the days when there were at least four guys in the lineup who had 30-HR potential? Those days are over, and the Phillies need to stay afloat until Ryan Howard and Chase Utley return to the lineup.
And than there's still a good chance that the Phillies won't have enough offense (see 2010, 2011).
This has been one of the most frustrating seasons in recent history for the Phightins, but here are four players in particular that really frustrate Phillies Nation.