Pitching to Blame for Phillies’ Rough Start

The Phillies lead the Majors in runs allowed with 41, good for a 7.10 ERA. If not for Cliff Lee‘s stellar performance on Thursday in the series finale against the Braves, who knows how much worse it would have been. Cole Hamels has had a forgettable two starts to open the season, allowing 13 runs in 10.2 innings and the bullpen as a whole has been awful, allowing 15 runs in 17.1 innings. Additionally, the bullpen is the worst in Major League Baseball in WPA added at 0.26 and is fifth-worst in overall WPA at -0.65.

In the Phillies’ 130-year history, only eight teams have opened the season in worse shape pitching-wise than the 2013 team through the first six games:

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