Things are getting ugly for the Philadelphia Phillies, and fast.
For a team that was expected to come into the regular season as a favorite in the National League East, poised to contend for their sixth consecutive division crown in spite of injuries to some of their big players, you could easily make the argument that their 2012 season has been a letdown as a whole.
But when you break it into several, smaller letdowns, that's when you start to uncover the bigger picture. It's time to face the music. As it's constructed now, this Phillies team just isn't very good.
Coming into the regular season, that wasn't supposed to be a problem. We knew the offense would miss Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, but an elite pitching staff and more than a couple of All-Stars that remained in the lineup were supposed to be enough to pick up the slack.
There's still time for this Phillies team to turn things around, but that window of opportunity is fading fast. If they have any chance of roaring back into contention, they'll need to solve these early season letdowns and leave them in the past, and fast.