I wouldn't expect anything different from the Phillies this year, than what we saw last year. Not (of course) that is to say, is a bad thing, but they are showing the same tendencies, and patterns as last year. The veterans are a year wiser at the plate, they have always had trouble with getting big hits early against strong starting pitching. The big hits generally come late in games when the game is in the hands of the opposing teams bullpen.
I believe however, that the Phillies hitters realize this to a higher degree, and, are already showing more patience and disaplain at the dish. They know if they work their opponents starters into high pitch counts, no matter how dominating that starter my be against them on a particular day, they can and (historically) will feast on any team in the league's relief pitching. They are a veteran club now. They know when to turn on a pitch and drive it. They understand when just contact will produce the nesscessary results.
There will be no runaway in the NL East this year, and, most likely things will not be decided until late in September, but I look for the smarter, veteran Phillies ballclub to prevail in the long haul. Here's to looking foward to an exciting, edge of our seats summer. Go Phillies!