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Three up, Three Down: Phillies Weekly Wrap-Up

 Each week, Philly2Philly’s Matt Babiarz will wrap up the previous seven days of Phillies’ baseball with Three Up, Three Down.  It’s a rundown of 3 positives and 3 negatives from the past week.

THREE UP!

1.  Freddie’s Merry Month of May ContinuesFreddy Galvis photo: ESPN

With another impressive week, Freddie Galvis is making a lot of people wonder if maybe he can consistently hit big league pitching.  Freddie went 8-for-24 this week with two doubles and homer, raising his May batting average to .300.  

Also encouraging is the fact that Galvis is not merely providing weakly hit singles. The twetny two-year old is currently leading Phillies’ hitters with 11 doubles, while also providing 3 homers and 19 RBI (third best on the team).

2. Pence on Pace

After seemingly feeling the pressure of the cleanup spot during the month of April, Hunter Pence has definitely found his groove.  Pence had a terrific week with four multi-hit games and an 11-for-28 at the plate (.392).  Hunter Pence photo: Rich Schultz, Getty Images

Check out the pace Hunter Pence is on at the quarter mark of the 2012 season:
Avg    .268
2B    27
HR    39
RBI    108

Also keep in mind that Pence has been surrounded in the batting order by the likes of Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Ty Wigginton.

3.  Polanco Gets 2,000 With Style

The last year has been a tough one for Placido Polanco.  With multiple injuries each requiring surgical procedures, Polly went from one of the most reliable sources of offense to a major question mark.  

But Polanco is actually starting to look like his old (or, better put, young) self again.  He has hit .316 in the month of May, and in Monday night’s win over the Astros, he became the 269th player in Major League history to reach 2,000 hits.   

It was fitting that one of the classiest players in the Phillies organization would accomplish a feat with such class.  Polanco took a page out of Derek Jeter’s book in smacking a home run to achieve his big milestone.  For a player that has always been easy to root for, Monday night was a nice memory for Placido Polanco.


THREE DOWN!

1. Lee on Pace for…..Zero Wins?

Here we are 42 games into the 2012 season, and Cliff Lee  has yet to register a win.

To be fair, Lee missed three starts with a strained oblique muscle, and has a few starts with minimal run support.  But, Sunday’s loss to the Red Sox saw Lee give up nine hits and five runs, lowlighted by Jarrod Saltalamaccchia’s 440-foot bomb to dead centerfield.  

Lee’s ERA is still an impressive 2.66, and there are sure to be plenty of victories over his next four months of starts.  His win total is just one more sign of a Phillies season that seems to be stuck in neutral at the moment.


2.  Rollins Making Front Office Look Bad

When the Phillies re-signed Jimmy Rollins for three more years at $11 million per season, there seemed to be an even split among the opinions of fans.  All along, I felt that Rollins represented the best option at shortstop for the next couple years.

Unfortunately, Rollins is now a quarter of the way into the first year of that contract, and his offensive numbers are making his contract look like a mistake.  Rollins is hitting .229 with one homer and seven RBI.  Even more pathetic are his on-base percentage (.295) and slugging percentage (.283).  

If this frigid spell goes for much longer, Rollins will be on his way to the worst statistical season of his career, and Ruben Amaro will face a lot of questions about his decision to commit to the 33-year old veteran.Vance Worley photo: CBS Sports

3.  Worley With a Side of Chips

The news that Vance Worley was going on the disabled list caught Phillies fans by surprise.   What was even more surprising was the fact that Worley was dealing with bone chips in his throwing elbow.  

Worley has pitched well, but apparently had so much pain in his throwing elbow that he was struggling to complete his long-tossing and other elements of his throwing program.  For a season that is only 42 games old, the fact that Worley plans to have the bone chips removed at the end of the season could be real trouble for the Phillies.   
Sure, Cole Hamels dealt with a similar problem last season, but Worley seems to be struggling to do the things that will keep him strong and ready for upcoming starts. This is a situation that should be watched very closely, as the Phillies need every quality start they can get as they attempt to get back in the NL East picture.

Matt Babiarz was born and raised in the Philadelphia area.  He graduated from the University of Alabama, but remained a very close observer of the Philadelphia sports scene.  He recently began covering the Phillies for Philly2Philly.com.   You can also read his work at Bleacherreport.com within the Philadelphia Phillies section. 

Matt can be contacted at mattbabz@comcast.net  

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Photos:
Galvis: ESPN
Pence: Rich Schultz, Getty Images
Worley: CBS Sports