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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


For two years, the Phillies, their apologists and too many of their fans have denied what continues to become as obvious as it is ridiculous: They can't hit.

It cost them in the NLCS last October. It is why they are one game from elimination in the NLDS after spending $160,000,000 to build a 102-win regular-season team.

In their last 25 innings, the Phillies have gone scoreless in 22. They are old, deteriorating and scrambling for answers.

One to expect: Hunter Pence returning to the No. 5 hole, perhaps --- perhaps --- jolting Ryan Howard out of one of his many career lulls. Asked Wednesday if that was a possibility, Charlie Manuel did not say no. That made it almost as good as a yes.

One thing is certain: Manuel cannot run that batting order out there again and expect different results.

Check out my column on the offensive struggles --- and a story on the latest Ryan Howard struggle --- in the Daily Times Thursday and as always on


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