SURE, HINDSIGHT is 20/20 (which is also what Roy Halladay's ERA would have been after a couple more starts), but we really could have done without Hunter Pence ripping three extra-base hits, including two homers, in the Giants' recent series against the Phillies in San Francisco.

Look, we know that the business of baseball, more than anything, made the trades of rightfielder Pence and centerfielder Shane Victorino pretty much the only plays Ruben Amaro Jr. had as last season's trade deadline was approaching . . . and the Phillies' sixth consecutive playoff berth wasn't.

But it is hard to look at this season's statistics put up by Pence and Victorino (now the Red Sox' rightfielder) and not compare them to what passes for the numbers put up by the Phillies' RFs and CFs. Especially when you consider Victorino missed a full week with a back injury.

Those numbers (through Thursday's games):

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO Avg. OBA Slg.

Victorino26 97 17 29 3 0 2 10 8 13 .299 .355 .392

Pence35 140 16 39 8 1 7 21 8 33 .279 .318 .500

Totals61 237 33 68 11 1 9 31 16 46 .287 .333 .456

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO Avg. OBA Slg.

Phils CFs36 132 13 28 2 1 1 7 9 20 .212 .262 .265

Phils RFs36 115 12 22 6 1 1 7 16 32 .191 .271 .287

Totals72 247 25 50 8 2 2 14 25 52 .202 .266 .275