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Scoring remains a concern

Scoring remains a concern

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PHILADELPHIA -- While it's true the Phillies have their full lineup back, it should be noted that this offense has been a yearlong concern be it at full strength.

"The pitching has been really good," manager Charlie Manuel said. "I can't say enough about our starting pitching. We are very capable of scoring runs, everybody knows that, but I don't know."

The Phillies entered Tuesday night's game with Houston at Citizens Bank Park having scored two or fewer runs in four of their last five games. The offense had managed to hit just .214 (34-for-159) in that span and an anemic .156 (5-for-32) with runners in scoring position.

According to Manuel, it's not just one thing, but everything as a whole.

That said, this team goes as Jimmy Rollins goes, and the veteran shortstop has struggled for consistency after injuring his right calf before the home opener. Rollins is hitting .252, but has come to life to a certain extent, hitting .342 (26-for-76) over his past 18 home games.

"I think Jimmy Rollins missed a lot of time," Manuel said. "Every now and then, you'll see him have a good day, hit the ball hard a few times, and then the next few days he won't hit much. That's about getting in a rhythm."

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