Originally written on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 4/15/12

The Phillies bats are simply struggling. It's no secret to them, the fans, or any opposing pitcher for that matter.

Last night's 5-0 loss to the Mets during the afternoon game in front of their home crowd was a tell tale sign of that. The Phillies have scored 3 or fewer runs in 6 of their first 8 games this season.

And a 3-5 record is the result of that.

Vance Worley didn't get much help from the offense for his second consecutive start. Even if he hadn't allowed another run after giving up a homerun in the 1st inning, chances are, the Phillies would have still lost the game.

They'll be looking to turn things around when Cole Hamels takes the mound against Mike Pelfrey Sunday afternoon. Cole will hope to have a better first outing this year compared to 2011.

At this rate, it's really not on the pitching. The bats are going to need to wake up, but according to Ryan Howard, "It's early. We'll be OK".

Here is the projected lineup for the Phils heading into the 1:00pm matinee matchup with the New York Mets.

1. Juan Pierre, LF

2. Shane Victorino, CF

3. Jimmy Rollins, SS

4. Hunter Pence, RF

5. Wigginton, 3B

6. Lance Nix, 1B

7. Carlos Ruiz, C

8. Pete Orr, 2B

9. Cole Hamels, P

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