The Philadelphia Phillies are in the rebuilding stages but with a 16-11 record, great offense, and solid pitching does this team have hope?
The fans of the Philadelphia Phillies were told that the 2016 season was going to continue being a rebuilding period. No one had high expectations coming in. Now with one month down, the question that everyone is asking is where did this team come from?
In 2015, the Phillies finished with a 63-99 record. They finished as the sixth worst team in all of Major League Baseball when it came to hitting. They had a team average of .249 with only 586 RBIs, 266 fewer than the MLB leading Toronto Blue Jays. There were 1,274 strikeouts, the ninth highest in the National League. All around it was a disappointing season.
Sure, only one month of play in the 2016 season has been completed but this Phillies team is showing promise. Last year during this time the offense was last in the National League, only hitting .223 as a team. This April they finished the month with a .231 average. It may not seem like a big difference but it is no doubt an improvement.
The offense isn’t the only surprise, as the pitching has also shown promise. Last April the Phillies pitching staff had a record of 8-15, second to last in the National League. They had an ERA of 4.28, which was the fourth highest in the NL. This April? The Phillies pitching staff has a winning record of 14-10 with an ERA of 3.79. They lead the National League in strikeouts with 272, the next closest team is the Mets with 241.
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The Phillies as of May 4 have a record of 16-11. They may only be five games above .500 but no one believed they would have a winning record at all this season and they just ended a six game winning streak. Sure, there is plenty of baseball left to play but this team of young players have made Philadelphia baseball fun again.
Maybe it won’t be a complete throwaway season after all.