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Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Last week, we documented the woefully weak Pittsburgh Pirates offense and how to take advantage of it.

After Arizona Diamondbacks fill-in starter Wade Miley dominated the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night, it's clear Pittsburgh isn't alone in its misery.

You can add Philadelphia to that list.

Miley, starting in place of the injured Daniel Hudson, tossed six shutout innings, allowing two hits and one walk while fanning seven.

The Phillies are 7-10 with 48 runs scored, 18 more than Pittsburgh, but still second-to-last in all of baseball. Even Oakland has scored more runs with 52.

Philadelphia has more excuses than the Pirates do, as it's missing Chase Utley and Ryan Howard from the middle of its order, but excuses don't matter in fantasy baseball.

All that matters is the numbers, and Philly is in the bottom half of the league in all offensive categories; 20th in batting average, 27th in on-base percentage and 27th in slugging percentage.

The Phillies' leading hitter in most categories is Shane Victorino, who carries a .273 batting average with three home runs, seven RBIs and nine runs scored into Tuesday.

Victorino is a nice fantasy outfielder, but by no means should he be a team's leading slugger.

The Phillies also were without Hunter Pence -- day-to-day with a sore shoulder -- Monday night, giving Miley an even easier road to success.

Pence is scheduled to have an MRI on Tuesday, and if he's forced to miss time it could give the Pirates a chance to vacate their spot as the league's worst offense.

The Phillies have scored two or fewer runs in 10 of 17 games this year. As we did with Pittsburgh, let's survey SP results against Philadelphia this season heading into Miley's start:

Erik Bedard, Pittsburgh Pirates - 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Jeff Karstens, Pittsburgh Pirates - 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Jason McDonald, Pittsburgh Pirates - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Anibal Sanchez, Miami Marlins - 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Josh Johnson, Miami Marlins - 3.2 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Mark Buehrle, Miami Marlins - 6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

R.A. Dickey, New York Mets - 7.0 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Jon Niese, New York Mets - 6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Mike Pelfrey, New York Mets - 6.0 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants - 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants - 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants - 9.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Joe Wieland, San Diego Padres - 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Edinson Volquez, San Diego Padres - 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

Cory Luebke, San Diego Padres - 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Anthony Bass, San Diego Padres - 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 5 BB, 7 K

The Phillies surprisingly shelled the best two pitchers they have faced this year - Johnson and Lincecum - but those two aces have struggled against everyone.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia's anemic offense has sapped some of the fantasy value of its own aces, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels.

The three pitchers are a combined 5-3 in 10 starts despite carrying a collective ERA of 2.02.

Lee recently hit the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique, but in his last start he tossed 10 shutout innings against the San Francisco Giants and had to take a no-decision because Cain dominated the Phillies on the other side.

In the next week, the Phillies are scheduled to face Josh Collmenter, Trevor Cahill, Paul Maholm, Randy Wells, Matt Garza and Jeff Samardzija.

Collmenter has been one of the worst pitchers in baseball this season, giving up 14 earned runs in 12 1/3 innings, so Tuesday will be a good test of just how poor the Phillies' offense is.

Consider it a meeting of the stoppable force and the movable object.

Meanwhile, Cahill is available in 38 percent of Yahoo! leagues, while Maholm, Wells and Samardzija carry ownership tags of 1 percent, 0 percent and 21 percent, respectively.

After years of having to tread carefully with Howard, Utley and Jayson Werth in Philadelphia's lineup, we now can pile on the Phils and watch our pitchers treat them like Pittsburgh.


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