Last night, Ty Wigginton's solo home run off of Mark Buehrle gave the Phillies some much-needed breathing room for the final two innings, when Jonathan Papelbon and Chad Qualls allowed four runners to reach base, the same number that Joe Blanton had allowed in the first seven innings (Blanton allowed three hits and a walk, although a fifth runner reached base on an error).
The Phillies are going to need more contributions like Wigginton's home run if they hope to score enough runs to put together the long winning streaks that helped them reach a team-record 102 victories last season.
The Philies currently sit at .500, which might not be coincidence when you consider that .500 of their roster is hitting, and .500 isn't.
As you will see below, the seven players who were membes of last year's roster have combined to hit .300 with a .333 on base percentage and .400 slugging percentage. They have accounted for three of the team's four home runs, and for seven of their 10 extra base hits. They have 11 of the Phillies' 18 RBI, and 13 of their 18 runs scored.
The five new additions to the roster -- rookie Freddy Galvis and offseason acquisitions Wigginton, Laynce Nix, Jim Thome and Juan Pierre -- have combined to hit .143/.183/.232.
The usual disclaimer: It's early.