The Philadelphia Phillies are not a team built to play .500 baseball.
Yet that's exactly what they've done through the first month of the season. Sure, they have their excuses. Any team would struggle with the meat of its order shelved on the disabled list. But the Phillies have never been a team to make excuses.
For every All-Star player on the disabled list, the Phillies have an adequate replacement in some way shape or form. You can't replace those guys, but you can certainly hold down the fort until they return, and that's what the Phillies are beginning to do.
Ryan Howard and Chase Utley are on the disabled list? Ty Wigginton and Laynce Nix have played well at first base. Freddy Galvis has lived up to every bit of his reputation as a sensational defender. Cliff Lee is on the disabled list? Kyle Kendrick has experience in the starting rotation.
The fact of the matter is that although this team can make excuses, they won't. They know that they shouldn't be playing .500 baseball.
Here's what they need to do to win ball games from here on out.