Morning odds and ends: White House, bullpen and RISP

Some odds and ends:

1) The Phillies will visit the White House on Tuesday, which is an off day following a day game in Washington, D.C. against the Nationals. As of this morning, the club was still working on logisitcs of the trip.

2) This is the fourth straight year in a row the Phillies have dropped their first two games of the season. Although starters Brett Myers and Jamie Moyer did not have their best outings, the bullpen has done a good job of keeping the Phillies in a position to win. Thus far this season, Phillies relievers have retired all 21 batters they have faced.

3) The biggest problem is the same as it has been over the past two years: the offense is taking a while to get going. As we noted in our game story today, the Phillies aren't too concerned with the slow start. There were signs last night that the offense was starting to come around. "We've been here before," Ryan Howard said. And it is true. Through the first 10 games last season, the Phillies hit .243/.330/.416, with 13 home runs and 42 runs scored. Through the first 10 games of 2007, they hit .244/.365/.387, with nine home runs and 45 runs scored.

4) The Phillies are just 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position through two games. If you'll recall, improving the team's struggles with RISP was a top offseason priority.

5) Joe Blanton squares off against Javier Vazquez today.

6) Fans are encouraged to arrive early in order to catch the presentation of the team's World Series rings, which begins at 2:15 p.m.