Injuries Obscure Hope For the Phillies’ Hitting Future

The Phillies are the worst team in baseball by a full three games coming into Thursday game against the Marlins. There are many reasons they are bad, but one that has become painfully obvious is injuries. Injuries in the rotation have forced more and more marginal AAA starters into duty, and have consequently put more pressure on the bullpen (this is an entirely different post for another day). The other place where the injuries have really mounted is the lineup. Early in the year this was characterized by Howie Kendrick‘s constant injuries, but now the injury bug has moved into the younger players. Today the Phillies ran out this lineup:

Outside of the insanity that is Rhys Hoskins right now, it is not a good lineup. It also isn’t the Phillies’ best lineup, so let’s reconfigure things some. Continue reading…