LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Welcome to Disney, where dreams can come true. The Phillies have a simple one: Let nothing else go wrong this spring before the team's scheduled charter flight home this evening.
It's getaway day in Florida, the end to this charmless Phillies spring. The five-time defending National League East champions will depart with a 22-year-old starting at second; continued questions about first base and left field; and myriad bullpen uncertainties.
Other than that, the spring has been great.
Yes, there are positives. Carlos Ruiz has just dominated opposing pitching this spring. He's hitting .512 (21 for 41) with nine extra-base hits. Jimmy Rollins is healthy, swiped five bases, and walked as many times as he's struck out. Hunter Pence has swung a decent bat, hitting .286 (22 for 77) albeit with 20 strikeouts, tied for the fifth most in all of baseball. Shane Victorino is at .299 (20 for 67).