At the All-Star break, the Phils are 42-53 and in last place in the NL East, 10 games behind the Nationals and Braves.
While the Phillies are holding out hope at the break (see story), Phillies analyst Ben Davis isn't sure what to make of this team.
"I think there are a lot of questions that need to be answered," Davis said Sunday on Phillies Postgame Live. "Will Ryan Howard be your four-hole hitter? Will the starting pitching hold up? Will a lot of these guys still be here in the second half, especially after the trade deadline? Will Chooch (Carlos Ruiz) be healthy? There's just a lot of questions.
"Just how much will this offense actually produce? So I think there’s … overall can this bullpen sustain? The progress they made. The one shining bright spot of the first half was that bullpen and the progress they had made. There’s just way too many questions to be answered.”
One of those questions is what to do with Howard, who is hitting .220 with 15 homers and 56 RBIs at the break. Should Ryne Sandberg move Howard out of the four hole?
"I'm surprised it has lasted this long," Davis said. "I root for Ryan Howard every day. I want him to come out of this, but he's at the point now where's he's just failing away. It's very difficult for him to be in that four hole and try to produce because right now he's just incapable of doing that.
"I hope he can get out of this. I don't see him going anywhere, especially with the money owed and the length of his contract. Hopefully he can get out of this at some point, but right now there's no light at the end of the tunnel."
To hear Davis break down the Phils' first half more, watch the video above.