CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies scored just one run Monday at Bright House Field, which is becoming a common occurrence this spring.
They have been held to one or no runs in five of their 13 Grapefruit League games and have been held to three or fewer runs nine times.
The Phillies entered the afternoon with a .595 OPS, which was the worst mark in baseball. The Tigers (.652) and Red Sox (.659) entered Monday just ahead of them in that category. Boston and Detroit finished first and second in baseball in OPS last season.
But the Phillies finished 24th in OPS last season, so they don't have the recent track record of the Red Sox and Tigers to rely upon.
Still, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg is not worried.
"It's March 10," he said. "It's also a Spring Training atmosphere. Some guys are two at-bats, three at-bats and out. Sprinkled with days off in there, kind of a choppy schedule for guys. We're still seeing everybody, giving everybody ample at-bats. Maybe it's hard for guys to get into a groove and get into a rhythm. Guys are seeing the ball, getting their eyes adjusted. That could come into play. But when I look at the potential of the lineup and the potential bats we have together, I see an offense that has potential of doing some things. I put a lot on it being March 10."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less