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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 20: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts in the dugout against the Washington Nationals during the third inning at Nationals Park on June 20, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

What in the world is happening with the Phillies?

It wasn’t that long ago when fans had aspirations of a Red October… no we are hoping for a Wild Card berth. In the month of June, the Phils are just 6 and 11 and are now 4.5 back of the Braves in the NL East.

I am still having nightmares of the 15 runs the team allowed in the final game of the series against Atlanta, but that is only part of the problem. That was their first loss of four straight which includes a sweep by the Washington Nationals. In those 4 straight losses, this highly talented offense, this offense that created World Series expectations, that same offense could only score 7 total runs in those 4 losses.

There are 13 teams in baseball right now that average at least 5 runs a game. Pitching was always a concern for this team coming into the season, but the lack of production on offense is the biggest problem right now and the longer we wait for them to “hit out of the funk,” the farther back we see them fall in the NL East.

The one thing we have going for us right now… is hope… we HOPE that they play well over the next 10 games – 3 vs the Marlins, 4 vs the Mets, 3 at the Marlins.

Andrew Salciunas is host of The Fanatic Baseball Show, weeknights at 6 on 97.5 The Fanatic