Cause for concern?

Three weeks into the season, the Phillies are 8-10 and in third place in the NL East, three games behind the Mets, who enter today's game looking to win their sixth straight.

Pitching hasn't been a problem. Their team ERA of 3.51 ranks fifth in the league. But the supposed strength of the team, its bats, have been silent. The Phils are hitting .251 as a team, eighth in the National League. They are first with 27 home runs, but are seventh with a .332 on base percentage.

But the real struggle has come in scoring situations.

The Phillies are batting just .245 with runners in scoring position, 10th in the league. They've scored just 51 runs in those situations, 12th in the league. They've scored just 11 runs with runners in scoring position and 2 out, second-to-last in the league, and they are hitting just .132 in those situations.

Is it a real cause for concern?

Or do you look at guys like Ryan Howard and say he can't hit .182 and strike out once every 2.5 at-bats all season?