Burnett just signed on with the Pirates, 18 losses last year for the Phils explain a few games that should have been wins but nothing was done about it by management
The Phillies weren't quite as bad a team as most people penned them as last year. Yes, they lost 89 games on the year, but they could have improved their standings with a little more focus and attention to areas that after the season became very apparent.
The Phils ended with 73 wins in 2014, of those games, here are ways they could have possibly finished better on the year.
The season started off with 10 losses in the first 20 games for the team. Right out of the gate, things weren't working for this team. Fast forward to the first 30 games of the season and things were still not going right, they had 15 losses in 30 games.In the first 40 games of the season, the team was 22 losses deep, but consider this. The Phillies got swept by Milwaukee for 3 games, Toronto for 4 games. and the Angels in a short 2-game series.
Take just a few of those swept games and if the Phils were able to break that up a little and add them up.
The Phillies went 1-6 on the season series with Pittsburgh, they couldn't beat that team. Had they been able to pull something together against them, you can add a few of those games into your total of games that they really should have done better with.
From May 29th to June 8th 2014, the Phillies played 10 games, they won only 2 of them. This team was really hurting then. The team was a full 10-games under .500 on the 8th of June. No big changes were being made. During the entire month of June, Ben Revere only had 1 RBI.
In fact, the Phillies didn't even make a roster move at the trade deadline. Another serious error, and a puzzling one for a team that was hurting so bad.
AJ Burnett was tagged with an incredible 18 losses on the season, he just kept going out and piling up losses, he started the most games of any Phillies pitcher which was 34 games. Should have he been benched for his poor performance and someone else started in his place? Not at the amount of money that the team decided to pay him apparently.
Add up all the miscues by management that went unchecked this past season, and you can easily get at least 10-15 games that should have been won by this Phillies team.