Good article here from David Murphy. It’s all about how the Phillies have a weak bench, yet again. Here’s a paragraph that sums up the problem well:
We can argue all we want about the viability of this Phillies team as it has been constructed during the first 5 weeks of play. The biggest question is whether that unit can stay healthy. Because last night, in a 3-0 loss to the Blue Jays, its alarming lack of depth was on clear display. The lineup featured three fill-ins, not one of whom was hitting close to .200. They were John Mayberry Jr., Freddy Galvis and Jayson Nix, and they entered the night hitting a combined 11-for-88 with three extra-base hits, 31 strikeouts and seven walks.
Why is this the case? It’s easy; there are two factors. One, the farm system is not good enough. Two, the high payroll (much of which is not that productive for the price) makes it more difficult to fill out the team whether it is in the bullpen or, in this case, on the bench.