Originally written on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 11/15/14
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Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins. Photo Courtesy of Renee Cendrowski.

The Philadelphia Phillies have mustered exactly 2 runs in 19 innings of baseball. While it is a staggeringly low number, it can’t come as a surprise to anyone.

The lack of offensive firepower for the Phillies has been well chronicled this spring. The fact is that a lineup without Chase Utley and more importantly, Ryan Howard, just doesn’t have the pieces to produce a crooked number.

This Phillies team is going to have to scratch and claw for runs. They’re going to have to play small ball and manufacture runs whether they have the personnel to support that kind of baseball or not. If they are going to have any kind of success until their big boppers return, it’s just how it has to be.

You can argue that Jimmy Rollins shouldn’t have bunted last night with runners on 1st and 2nd and no outs, but I do recall hearing a lot of people whine because he never bunts. Which way do you want it? I personally commend Rollins’ decision. To me, it showed a player less concerned about being a star and a player more concerned about the well-being of his team.

Rollins has now bunted twice in the first two games of this season. One went for a base hit, and last night he successfully laid down a sacrifice bunt that set the Phillies up with runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. THAT, my friends, is what a lead off hitter is supposed to do. It can’t be pinned on Rollins that the rest of the Phillies lineup wasn’t able to do more damage. It’s not Rollins fault that Laynce Nix failed to get a bunt down later.

This team is going to have to embrace this style of baseball. To me, Rollins has. The others are going to have to follow suit. While it appears that they’re trying, their execution is going to have to improve.

Right now, the Phillies are 1-1. There is going to be a lot more of this excruciating, gut-wrenching 1-0, 2-1 kind of baseball. So you might as well get used to it. These are your 2012 Phillies, not the 2008 variety.

I believe we are about to find out who the real baseball fans are in this town. This season is going to be tedious and in a lot of cases, difficult to watch. The Phillies are a defense and pitching team now. So get ready, this season will not be for the faint of heart.

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