The 2011 MLB season is back and so are ‘Dem Phightin Phils’. Philadelphia’s finest are ready to make yet another push toward—what will be—their fifth straight appearance in the postseason. But along the way there will be some inevitable bumps in the road that the Phillies will have to endure, and it begins with five players who are notoriously slow starters.
Dealing with slow starting players is as synonymous with baseball as hot dogs and peanuts, and for the Phillies, it always seems to be the same players year in and year out.
Let’s take a look at Philly’s sluggish sluggers, and plodding pitchers and maybe even try to shed some light, on this ever annoying plight.
Caveat: This slide was completed prior to the Phillies 7-3 win Sunday led by Ryan Howard and Ben Francisco. As you read further you'll see why I am writing this.