Sunday, June 10, 2018

Phillies find themselves in a tough spot lately


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Can the Phils get back to the winning that they have experienced just a few weeks ago?


The past 14 days for the Phillies have been a very rough time for this talented team. The team finds itself in a losing way. They came into Sunday's game against Milwaukee losing their last 4 games in a row. The Phils now find themselves close to .500 again after being on the plus side of that .500 mark for a long time. The highest the Phillies have gone above .500 was 9 games over when they landed in first place on May 26th - since then though the team has gone on a slide. The Phils have lost 10 games out of while only winning 3 - that has put them back to 4.0 GB behind the NL leading Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves who are tied as of today.

What things can go right for the Phillies in the next couple weeks? They have a lot of home games to play. They have been very good at home for the most part, they share a tie for best home record with San Francisco at 19-11. If they can continue this, look for the Phils to rebound and again start to challenge the Braves and Nats as we go on in the season.

There has been a dramatic drop in the fan base in the Milwaukee series, crowds in the low to mid 20,000 fans range have perhaps signaled that maybe the recent amount of losses have kept some fans away. Baseball attendance in general has been down, the Phils have had a home average of around 25,059 per game as of today. The Mets have had a lot of back luck in the past few weeks as well, but they still average 30,000 at home per game.

Looking ahead at the Phils schedule, it seems like they have some formidable competition in the next couple weeks, they will play the Washington Nationals in 6 games before the end of the month and the Yankees for 3 games. 

Is this team a playoff team? Can they regain what they had just a few weeks ago? Starting pitching has been a bit dodgy lately and so has the offense, if the two can turn it around, we may see the optimism return to the fans that we may have a winner here.