The bullpen and the lineup are major culprits of the Philadelphia Phillies' longest losing streak of the season.
They hope starting Cliff Lee means they won't have to rely much on either one.
Lee will try to help the Phillies end their skid in the finale of a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.
Philadelphia (31-35) has seen its relievers post a 4.56 ERA, ranking ahead of only two of baseball's worst teams record-wise - the New York Mets (4.65) and Houston (4.86).
The Phillies' bullpen has been particularly poor during the current five-game losing streak, surrendering nine runs and 18 hits in 11 innings.
The offense hasn't provided much relief, either. Philadelphia is batting .218 with 13 runs during the slide, which has matched the team's worst of the year and would equal its longest from last season with a loss Thursday.
The lineup mustered only one extra-base hit Wednesday in a 4-3 loss at Minnesota (29-33). The relievers wasted a two-run, sixth-inn...