By Chris Larson
The 2018 season has treated the Philadelphia Phillies quite well and, some would say in a sense, the year has been a nice surprise for a team that, was expected to finish in the 3 or 4 spot in the NL East, rather than be in the heart of a postseason race at the end of August. After all, this is a team that finished last season with a 66-96 record and in last place. Quite the difference and the turn around thanks to a new manager, the emergence of a true 1-2 punch in Jake Arrieta and Aaron Nola, and a renewed sense of energy and focus in the clubhouse.
By: Chris Larson
Up until yesterday evening, the Philadelphia Phillies were amid a 4-game winning streak and were rolling. The red hot Arizona Diamondbacks, who currently lead the NL with a 16-6 record, came rolling into town and stopped the Phillies momentum, but that does not take anything away from how successful the team has been thus far.
In fact, some could argue that the Phillies have surprised many of us to this point given that they sit 1 and 1/2 games back from first in the NL East with a 14-8 record, the fact that they have a 7-3 record over their last 10 games, and their +29 run differential, which ranks fifth in all of baseball. All of those things are terrific and what a job Gabe Kapler has done at redeeming himself since that awful first series to kick off the season against the Atlanta Braves.