Middle of the Order Struggling
If this is supposed to be Franco’s bounceback season, this isn’t the way to start it. In 17 plate appearances, Franco has just two hits and one walk but has struck out four times. He hasn’t recorded a hit since the second game of the season in the first inning.
After his RBI double and walk on Opening Day, Saunders has not reached base since. Manager Pete Mackanin had Altherr start the second game of the Reds series and sub in for Saunders in a double switch Friday.
Joseph’s start to the season is also concerning. He has not recorded his first hit of the season yet and has just one walk. However, he has already struck out six times in just 14 plate appearances. If he doesn’t turn this around, prepare to see more of Stassi.
The fourth, fifth, and sixth spots in the lineup have become bereft of offense, putting the burden on the top and bottom of the order. Franco, Saunders, and Joseph were all supposed to be a major part of Philadelphia’s offense this season. So far, they have been anything but that.