If you have read anything that I have wrote, then you know that I’m Mr. Optimistic. At the end of 2014, I made a case for the Minnesota Twins actually competing this year. Good thing I’m not a betting man.
Coming into 2015, I knew there was a huge possibility that the Philadelphia Phillies could finish in last place in the National League East. It was a possibility, but it definitely was not a guarantee. Stranger things have happened in Major League Baseball.
After watching this team, it seems obvious that they are the worst team in baseball. Ok, let’s not go too crazy.
They are the worst team in the National League.
The frustrating part about this team is that the pitching is not even that bad. Not bad at all, at least through the first week of the young season. If the offense were able to muster more than the 16 runs that they have accumulated over the first 7 games, this team could have at least another win or two.
Back to the pitching for now — Cole Hamels gave up four homers in the season opener, and reliever Jake Diekman gave up a grand slam to Hanley Ramirez in that same game against the Boston Red Sox.
Second year pro David Buchanan had an awful third inning against the same Red Sox team three days later where he gave up six runs, five hits, two walks and he also had an error.
Those are the only bad pitching moments so far. Newcomer Aaron Harang has been phenomenal, Jerome Williams has picked up where he left off last season and Sean O’Sullivan had a great pitcher’s duel with Max Scherzer on Sunday.
Now let’s talk about the offense.
What offense, you ask?
The offense that has only two home runs.
The offense that had only seven hits (all singles) during a Monday afternoon game against second year New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom.
The fact that Cody Asche (.444) and Freddy Galvis (.400) are pacing this team in batting average tells you all you need to know. There’s just no consistency and really no hope it seems. Most teams in this position have some kind of young nucleus to build around and that gives some kind of hope for the future.
This team has a bunch of 30+ year olds that they are stuck with or young guys who are obviously not franchise changing players.
Ryan Howard has more strikeouts (7) than hits (4) — nothing new there.
Chase Utley is currently sporting a .091 batting average and Ben Revere hits nothing but singles and he can’t even seem to do that right now at a good enough pace.
From 95′-00′, the Phillies failed to even reach 70 wins on four separate occasions.
This team might not be too far away from those teams because ever since winning 102 games in 2011, they have dropped to third place in the NL East in 12′, fourth place in 13′, and last place during the 14′ campaign. No where to go but up right?
It will be a long way up for this franchise. Maybe they can start stockpiling superstar draft picks (i.e. Washington Nationals, Houston Astros) and build it up that way because there is currently nothing even in the farm offensively (besides J.P. Crawford and Maikel Franco) to look forward to.
Bold prediction for this team. They could easily lose 100 games this season.
Another bold prediction. It might not be their only 100-loss season of the near future.
– Khristian Peel
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