After a horrible road trip, the Phillies won their first game back in Philadelphia against the Giants. They hoped the momentum would carry on through the rest of the series, but sadly the Giants offense returned with a vengeance, beating the Phillies 9-2.
The Phillies needed a win and they needed it badly. Their playoff hopes had been all but shattered with the recent eight-game losing streak. But the win was still needed though, to remind everyone that they, as a team, were still breathing. That win came Tuesday night when the Phillies beat the Giants 7-3.
Before the Detroit Tigers handed the Phillies their eighth consecutive loss on Sunday afternoon, Jonathan Papelbon made opinions known.
"I definitely didn't come here for this," he said to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. It's understandable, when he signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the team prior to the 2012 season, he was supposed to help what was a winning team in the five years before, continue to do so. The Phillies missed the playoffs in 2012 and after a deflating road trip coming back from the All-Star break, it looks like they will be missing October again. When Zolecki asked him about the direction of the club, Papelbon responded with, "Oh, man. We could be here all day." However, Papelbon also has an idea on what it will take for the Phillies to get back in the right direction.
At this point, the season gets more and more frustrating by the day.
The Phillies lost Sunday's series finale to the Detroit Tigers 12-4 to get swept for the second straight series and lose their eighth straight game.
So far, the second half of the season has been a disaster, putting any last hopes of making the postseason out of reach at this point. The Phillies are third in the National League East, sitting seven games below .500 with a 49-56 record.
They are now 11 games back of the first place Atlanta Braves (60-45), who now sit comfortably at the top of the division after sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend. They are also 9.5 games out of a wild card spot.
With the non-waiver trade deadline just two days way, it's safe to say the Phillies are sellers at this point.
It's understandably tough for fans to see a team that has had so much success in recent years fall like this, but it's tough for the team as well.
Although the 2013 season may be lost, that didn't stop the Phillies from spending nearly $60 million while they struggled to get hits off the Tigers.
The Phillies signed Cuban righthander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, 26, to a six-year deal with $48 million guaranteed, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Gonzalez will also have an option for a seventh-year worth $11 million.
So, there are now five games left until the trade deadline and the Phillies' situation has only gotten worse.
The Cardinals handed the Phillies their fourth straight loss in an 11-3 defeat on Wednesday night, taking away that much more hope that the Phillies would be able to go on one more run to the postseason.
The Phillies were in a pretty good situation coming back from the All-Star break.
They were at the .500 mark and looked to make up some serious ground on the National League East leading Atlanta Braves, after finishing off the first half of the season with a good homestand.
But man, have the Phillies not capitalized on a good opportunity. They dropped two of three to the Mets and were handed their third straight loss via a 4-1 defeat against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
Citi Field hosted the All Star game festivities earlier in
the week. On Tuesday night the league’s best mustered up a meek 3-0 game, the
win going to the AL. On Friday night at
Citi Field, the offense of these National League teams was quite
the opposite. The Phillies out-slugged the Mets 13-8.
A World Series title, back-to-back National League pennants and five straight division titles.
The Philadelphia Phillies have been one of the most successful franchise in Major League Baseball over the past few years. But after missing the playoffs last year and having some core, yet aging, players in the final year of their contracts this season, 2013 could very well be the Phillies' last shot at October for a while.
The first half of the season has had its up and downs and ended with the Phillies at the .500 mark, but now they have to take full advantage of the second half to make one last run to the postseason.
UPDATE: Revere will have surgery on Tuesday and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.
Ben Revere didn't get off to the best of starts in April. He hit .200 and had a .234 on-base percentage for the month, causing many fans to speculate or even give up entirely on the idea of having the 25-year old as the Phillies' centerfielder for the long-term future.
But Revere turned things around pretty quickly, batting .347 since May 1 and becoming one the Phillies' most consistent hitters.
So when Revere broke his foot in the last at-bat of the first game in Saturday's doubleheader, it was a big loss for the Phillies.
The Phillies needed to take this game and the series. They need to gain as much ground as possible in the National League East before the All-Star Break. They needed to prove themselves, and they did. The Phillies beat the Washington Nationals on Thursday night by a score of 3-1.
The Phillies looked to continue their 2013 success against their fellow National League East teams on Tuesdaynight against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. They did just that winning the game 4-2.
Going into the three-game weekend series with the Braves, the
Phillies may have been holding their heads high, having just beaten what may
have been the best team in the Majors in the Pittsburgh Pirates.
This was good accolade and a great confidence
boost to the struggling Phillies. The
momentum was now needed in a big homestand that could possibly (once again)
save the season.
After taking two of three from the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Phillies ended a 10-game road trip with a 5-5 record.
The Phillies are returning to Citizens Bank Park with a 41-45 record that is good for third in the National League East, 8.5 games back of first. They will have a three-game series against the division leading Braves--starting tonight-- and a four-game series against the second place Nationals in their last 10 games before the All-Star break.
After losing three of four to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Phillies (39-44) are 9.5 games back of first place in the National League East. Now they have to go play the Pittsburgh Pirates, who have the best record in the NL.
With 13 games left until the All-Star break, the Phillies are in a jam to say the least.