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The NL East has been stricken with pitching woes before the 2014 season has gotten underway.
The Phillies continued to have the doldrums Tuesday, managing only two hits in a 9-1 loss to the Braves.
David Murphy: At the very least, Mario Hollands has emerged as one of the more intriguing players in camp.
Mike Sielski: No moment in baseball better illustrates a hitter's mastery over an opposing pitcher than a line drive.
It's clear the Phillies could use any extra hitting help they could get.
The Phillies are not alone in their pitching headaches. The Braves feel cursed with a pitching crunch.
Cole Hamels will throw a side bullpen session Wednesday, the Phillies said.
Ryne Sandberg batted Marlon Byrd fourth and Ryan Howard fifth Monday against the Braves.
Cliff Lee's second pitch left the ballpark, but those that followed were as good as any the Phillies have thrown this spring.
The Phillies begin their season three weeks from today, so it's a relatively safe time for roster predictions.
David Buchanan's spring resumé is six innings long, enough to warrant consideration on a thinned pitching staff.