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Of Course Ruben Amaro Jr. Thinks the Phillies Can Turn Their Offense Around

May 21, 2013, 4:13 PM EDT

source:  The Phillies were held to one run or less for the ninth time in 45 games this season in their 5-1 loss to the Marlins on Monday, which accounts for 20% of their outings so far. Only three clubs in Major League Baseball have managed to produce fewer runs. There are a lot of folks who are ready to give up on this team, and many more who already have.

Not surprisingly, Ruben Amaro Jr. is not one of them. While the Phils general manager admits to being concerned over what he’s seen at the plate up to this point in an interview with the Inquirer’s Bob Brookover on Tuesday, RAJ cited the numbers his players have posted throughout their careers as reason to believe a turnaround is still possible for this offense.

Can this offense turn things around?

Amaro: “I think it can. I don’t have a crystal ball that says it will and it hasn’t shown the consistency that would make you think it will. But there are reasons they have those numbers on the back of their baseball cards. I think when it’s all said and done, we will have more productive numbers than we do right now as a group. But it is concerning that we haven’t had more consistency at this stage of the season.”

At what point do you have to do some things to try to change the offense?

Amaro: “It’s not like we haven’t looked into ways to improve our club. Because of the nature of what’s happening across the league, you don’t see a whole lot of movement. I don’t think a lot of teams feel like they know what they have yet, so you’re not seeing anything more than waiver-wire claims.”

It’s not surprising observers were jumping all over the Phillies after yet another loss in Miami, dropping the Fightins’ record to 4-4 against the lowly Marlins this season, and it was yet another hapless performance at the dish that was at the heart of the loss. That was also with Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard missing from the lineup though, the latter returning tonight – not that Howard is having a great year, either, but they’re better off with him right now than not given the circumstances.

They can still salvage two of three against the Fish though, which they better. As we mentioned yesterday, a couple of absences are no excuse against this rotten opponent.

Much more is entailed in Brookover’s interview with Amaro, who answered questions about the impact from the growing number of injuries, slow starts by Ben Revere and Delmon Young, concerns over the pitching staff, and whether or not the Phillies will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline.

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  1. Mostel - May 21, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Amaro is a joke. Can we fire this liar and get a GM who will get us doing what we need to win OR fire sale us into the next 5 year run of greatness?

  2. Dudes - May 22, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Right, because any GM for the phillies with a world series W is a terrible one. It’s not like we haven’t supported a bulk of the moves he made at the time. And we don’t have $400 million to buy all stars at every base. And even if we did, it isn’t that easy of a game. Every player gets injured. And some of his moves weren’t the brightest, but you have to stick to your guns and believe in your team. This isn’t Major League. Our owners want us to win. And the ridiculous contract to Ryan? While it may have been a little over the top, the dude earned that money. He is the fastest player to hit 250 HRs EVER. He wasn’t making much then…

    • Chris - May 22, 2013 at 5:21 AM

      Pat Gillick was the GM when we won the World Series dude.

    • Mostel - May 22, 2013 at 5:50 AM

      Nobody expects the Phillies to spend $400 million, but how about we stop treating the luxury tax threshold like the 38th parallel between the two Koreas.

      For want of a better top of the order bat and an additional bullpen arm or two, we missed the chance to win multiple World Series on top of 08.

  3. galasso2586 - May 22, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    We didn’t miss the chance at all. We were in the World Series in 09 and got beat by a better team (our starting pitching let us down there) and in the NLCS in 10 where we got dominated by the Giant’s amazing starting pitching that year. I’m not sure how a “better” top of the order bat or a bullpen arm would have helped us win either of those 2 series.

    • shawn - May 22, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      Yankees were not the better team in ’09.

    • Mostel - May 22, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      Game two vs. Yankees – Pedro pitched his rear end off and we failed to be AJ Burnett for like the only time ever.

      Game four vs. Yankees – We had CC on the rocks all night, but failed to deliver the extra run or two to blow the game open while Lidge threw it away late.

      More guys on base and a better pen arm in 2009 win that series for the Phillies in 5 games.

      Go look at the box scores from the games.


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