Through 21 games, the Phillies stand at 10-11, which is about where people expected them to be at this point in the season — perhaps slightly better for the pessimists. They’ve held their own with some tough teams: fighting tooth and nail against the Rangers in a 1-2 opening series; playing some close, low-scoring games with the Braves in a 1-2 series; and winning the first two games of a four-game set with the Dodgers.
The starting pitching has been great — the rotation has the third-best xFIP in baseball — while the defense and bullpen have left a lot to be desired. The offense has been a bit of an enigma, at times looking like it’s capable of taking on anyone, and at other times looking like even Adam Eaton (the former pitcher, not the White Sox center fielder) could shut it down.
Let’s take a look at how the Phillies have fared offensively position-by-position.