1. Consistently Inconsistent
In their 6 game losing streak, the Phillies were out scored 37 - 15. In their 5 game winning streak, the Phillies out scored their opponents 30-10. The offense is either very hot, or very cold it seems. And they are hit or miss with the starting pitching. The bright spot seems to be the bullpen finding its groove and pitching fairly well.
2. Ken Giles Is Legit
Since being called up to the MLB, Giles has thrown 6 innings, 12 Ks, 1 BB, 2 hits, and a 1.50 ERA. I don't know about you, but a few months of being told he wasn't ready for the bigs now leaves me scratching my head. Giles should get the change to face a team for the 2nd time in he coming weel, which should give us a look to see how good he can be.
3. Outfield Concerns
Domonic Brown, has had countless chances to become the player he was in the month of May in 2013. In 2014 Brown is batting .217 with an OPS of .583. Surprisingly, he is leading the Phillies in average with RISP (.318 heading into the game on 6/25.) However, his OPS is incredibly low and ranks him near the very bottom of qualified batters. Bwon, who was supposed to come up to the MLB and be the savior of the Phillies offense, looks like he should be back in the minors.
On Tuesday, the Phillies announced the signing of Grady Sizemore to a minor league contract. This should put some pressure on Revere, Brown, and even John Mayberry Jr. If they are not producing, look for a some movement around the outfield with Tony Gwynn Jr., Darin Ruf, and now Sizemore. Ugh.