After several rough moments in the last few years (including 2022, at one point), the Philadelphia Phillies are performing like a contending team.
The most impressive thing of all is that they are doing it without the star of the team, Bryce Harper, currently sidelined with an injury.
Against all odds, the Phils are looking dangerous and are determined to make the postseason.
You could very well say that they are must-see TV right now.
Their lineup is starting to consistently score runs, their starting pitching is good, and the relief corps look much improved after the arrival of veteran right-hander David Robertson.
It’s a good time to be a Phillies fan: the team is 61-48, in third place of the NL East division.
They are just three games behind the Atlanta Braves, and while the New York Mets (10 games ahead of the Phils) are far up at this point, Philadelphia should make the postseason barring a surprise.
The Phillies Are In The Middle Of An Impressive Run
Since the start of June, the Phillies have played some of their best baseball in a while.
“The #Phillies are now 40-19 since the start of June. Teams that have had any stretch of at least 21 games over .500 this season: Yankees, Astros, Dodgers, Mets, Braves, Phillies,” senior MLB writer Jayson Stark tweeted.
The #Phillies are now 40-19 since the start of June.
Teams that have had any stretch of at least 21 games over .500 this season:
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) August 10, 2022
If the Braves stop paying attention, don’t be surprised if the Phillies leapfrog them in the standings at some point.
Middle of the order hitters such as Rhys Hoskins, Alec Bohm, and J.T. Realmuto have been playing well as of late, and if Harper comes back strong from his ailment, this team could scare other contenders come playoff time.