You have to figure that Bobby Abreu can't wait for the season to begin. After starting his spring hitting .182 (6-for-33), Abreu has picked up the pace and is not hitting .315 (17-for-54). Meanwhile, the concern mounts over starter Brett Myers, who is struggling through a horrid spring.
For Brett Myers
, this is a season of proving himself. Despite his comments to the contrary, his 2004 season wasn't what the Phillies were looking for and he needs to step up the pace a little - a lot actually. Tuesday didn't help his cause as he gave up four earned runs in 5.1 innings of work and saw his spring ERA erupt up to 7.66 after Tuesday's performance.
The Phillies have been patient with Myers, but his struggles have continued. They're made worse by the fact that Gavin Floyd will be pushed into service replacing an injured Vicente Padilla and won't be available to replace a struggling Myers should his problems continue into the season.
Then, there's Bobby Abreu. Abreu is hitting .524 (11-for-21), pushing his average to the point of where it's figured to be for a player like Abreu. He also hit his fourth homerun of the spring in Tuesday's loss. Chase Utley added a homerun as well, giving him five this spring.
Also hot is Jose Offerman. With two more hits against Tampa Bay, Offerman is hitting .310 in his bid to make the Phillies roster.
Lefty Aaron Fultz worked out of Myers sixth inning jam and Rheal Cormier added a shutout inning before Tim Worrell gave up an earned run in two innings of work and took the loss.