There is no question that the Phillies struggled this season. They sit with the 29th best record in all of major league baseball at 61-93, which is their 5th straight losing season. Despite this, they have taken positive strides in the second half of the season.
Since the All-Star break, the Phillies rank in the top half of the league in runs, hits, RBI’s, batting average, and on base percentage. To put that into perspective, the Phillies ranked in the bottom ten in all of the same categories in the first half of the season. The Phillies offense has done nothing but produce since the All-Star break, and the young core should have fans excited for next season.
You cannot win a baseball game without scoring runs. Despite this, it helps when your pitching staff can keep the game within reach at the very least. The Phillies pitchers failed to accomplish this in the first half, finishing dead last in wins and saves. They also finished in the bottom ten in ERA, strikeouts, WHIP, and batting average against. The Phillies pitchers failed to find any sort of groove throughout the first half. Thankfully, the Phillies pitchers were able to turn things around in the second half of the season.
Having been among the worst in baseball, it is remarkable to think that the Phillies have been able to be in the top 15 in wins, saves, strikeouts, WHIP, and batting average against since the all star break. They still have struggled in terms of ERA, but have stepped it up as of late, currently sporting a 4.15 ERA in the month of September after a forgettable month of August.
The strength of this team now and going forward appears to be their offense, which features budding stars such as Rhys Hoskins and Nick Williams, who pair well with sure handed shortstop Freddy Galvis and fiery outfielder Odubel Herrera. The Phillies overall are built for the long run, and appear to be getting ready to begin that run. With an average age of 26.7 years (second youngest behind the Padres), the Phillies core could be poised to make a few playoff runs. The Phillies still have a lot of work to do, but the progress is there, and hopefully it can carry over to next season and beyond.