Thoughts, observations, and other minutiae from an 11-6 Opening Day loss to the Nationals:
1) The Phillies are remarkably thin in the bullpen: It's amazing to me that a team with World Series aspirations has Tim Lahey as one of their 11 best pitchers. That's nothing against Lahey. But the guy has never even appeared in a major league game. What would have happened if Tom Gordon HADN'T given up five runs in the ninth? Let's say the fill-in closer gets through the ninth scoreless and the Phillies don't win it in the bottom half of the frame. The only available pitchers are Clay Condrey and Lahey.
Manuel isn't going to throw Gordon out there for a second inning. And Chad Durbin, Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero have already appeared in the game. So it's Condrey or Lahey in the 10th. Yikes.
2) Worst case scenario, this team will be fun to watch: They made an 11-5 blowout entertaining. Chase Utley (home run, single) has his swing back, and the guy is just a treat to watch play baseball. The thing that amazes me most is how fluid a baserunner he is. That probably sounds dumb, but its fun just to watch him run from first to third. Jimmy Rollins picked up right where he left off, hitting his first home run and double of the year. Pat Burrell had a nice day. There's very little to worry about in the top half of the order.