Summer Surprise

Written on July 13, 2018

31 Wins and 61 Losses. That’s where the 2017 Phillies sat after 92 games. This summer is a far fetch from that. The Fightins are currently leading the National League East Division by a half game with a 52-40 record; the Atlanta Braves trail them with a record of 51-40.

This has been a very pleasant surprise since this is a team who’s winning, not production, is ahead of schedule; you can give much of the thanks to the starting pitching staff led by All-Star Aaron Nola who is 12-2 with a 2.27 ERA (Earned Run Average) and 126 Strikeouts. If it wasn’t for numerous bullpen meltdowns throughout the season the Phillies could have four to five more wins as well.

The offense of our beloved Fightins is still a work in progress. Odubel Herrera who leads the team is both Batting Average (.277) and Home Runs (16); the 16 Home Runs are already a new career high for El Torito. Rhys Hoskins has followed up his early season with a resurgence as well, he leads the club with 56 Runs Batted In. If the offense can pick the pace up, the Phillies could be looked at as one of the most well-rounded teams in the league.

Even though some his decisions are whacky, first year manager Gabe Kapler deserves a great chunk of the credit for the quick turnaround; the Phils are an amazing 20-7 in games decided by one run. A manager plays a large role in winning close games with the constant decisions they make.

Entering the season my prediction on their record was 84-78, however if they keep this up they could end up with a record in the 90’s for wins and a possible playoff berth. Hopefully it’ll be fun filled and entertaining to watch the second half of this MLB season. As Doc Halladay once said, “it’s only going to get funner.”

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