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We may be only six games into the season, but the Phillies lead the major leagues in singles thus far. When is the last time in recent memory that the Phillies have strung together so many base-hits?
The national media and opposing teams fan bases found it "sexy" to discard the Phillies offense with the loss of Jayson Werth and the injury to Chase Utley. While they do not have the power they have had the past few seasons, they do have a collection of players that are putting together stellar at-bats and making solid contact.
With the Phillies pitching, that is a formula for winning baseball.
The Phillies have six hitters in their lineup that are hitting over .300 for the first six games of the season. Not bad, not bad at all.
Major League Baseball has a long and grueling season and teams are bound to get streaky. The fact remains that the Phightin's have smacked the ball in four (five if we count the ninth inning of the opener, okay five) of their first six games.
I have written articles on why the Phil's should be the World Series favorite (before the season started) and why Philly Nation should be excited about this team. The pitching obviously has the potential to dominate almost every time out, but this offense can put up numbers as well.
The Phillies are averaging 7.2 runs and 12.7 hits per game through the first six games. The Phillies leadoff hitter reached base in all eight innings in the series finale.
The lineup has a nice collection of switch hitters, left-handers and righties. If the lineup continues to play within themselves and not try to do too much, they will continue to produce.
Big test coming next again the Braves. Here's to hoping they show up and crush Atlanta's hopes early.