Just how bad have the Phillies hitters other than Chase Utley and Pat Burrell been so far this season? Very. Here’s what the Phillies have done as a group so far for ’08, what Burrell and Utley have done, and what the Phillies’ hitters other than Burrell and Utley have done:

 
AB

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS
Total ’08 900 .256 .334 .447 .781
Burrell ’08 86 .349 .467 .721 1.188
Utley ’08 103 .359 .433 .757 1.191
           
Total w/o Burrell and Utley 711 .229 .301 .368 .669

As a group, non-Utley/Burrell hitters on the team have been miserable. They are on-basing .301. The list of culprits is long and includes just about everyone on the team with a few exceptions. Werth is the only other hitter with more than 40 at-bats who hasn’t been miserable, he’s hitting 292/386/569 in 72 at-bats on the season. In lesser time, Coste (361/452/639 in 36 at-bats) and Dobbs (324/395/529 in 34 at-bats) have also been good.

The list of hitters with an OPS for the season lower than .669 (the OPS for the team if you take out Burrell and Utley’s numbers) includes Howard, Feliz, Jenkins, Victorino, Bruntlett and Taguchi. All of those players have at least 40 at-bats expect for Taguchi, who has 38.

And here’s how the numbers from 2007 look:

 
AB

AVG

OBP

SLG

OPS
Total ’07 5688 .274 .354 .458 .812
Burrell ’07 472 .256 .400 .502 .902
Utley ’07 530 .332 .410 .566 .976
           
Total w/o Burrell and Utley 4686 .269 .342 .441 .783

It’s not going to be a surprise to many people, but even when you take Utley and Burrell out of the equation, the Phillies hitters are faring far worse than they did overall in 2007. I don’t think you have to look far for an explanation. The primary causes surely include replacing Rollins at short with Bruntlett for much of the season and the struggles of Howard.

In 2007, Phillies first baseman hit 268/383/547 as a group (.930 OPS). So far in ’08 they have hit 168/310/347 (.658). Phillies shortstops in ’08 have hit 243/284/359 (.644) compared to 297/345/530 (.875) in 2007.

Overall, the difference between the ’07 and ’08 OPS at the shortstop position (.875-.644 = .231) is smaller than the difference between the ’07 and ’08 OPS for the first base position (.930 – .658 = .272). This seems to suggest that first base has been the bigger problem overall if you’re comparing ’08 production at the position to ’07 production at the position using OPS as the measure. However, you have to remember that Rollins got 35 at-bats as a shortstop before hitting the DL and hit 314/351/543 before giving way to Bruntlett. In his 67 at-bats as a shortstop, Bruntlett has hit 209/254/269, so I think it’s safe to say that while the numbers overall make it look like first base is the bigger problem, the Phils have struggled more replacing Rollins with Bruntlett than they have replacing ’07 Howard with ’08 Howard.