This season was supposed to be a glimpse into the future of the Phillies. Well, I've gotten an eyeful and the future is bleak. Regression, underperforming, stagnation, dismal.
Odubel Herrera has fallen apart, both defensively and offensively.
Aaron Altherr is proving all his doubters to be spot-on prognosticators.
Tyler Goeddel hits like he hasn't even hit puberty yet.
Freddy Galvis apparently goes into anaphylactic shock if he takes a walk.
Ryan Howard, well, he's Ryan Howard, enough said.
Aaron Nola took two steps forward early in the season to be bounced backward by the world's hardest hitting bumper car.
Zach Eflin showed up and put up numbers like he never should have.
Jake Thompson also showed up and has also put up numbers like he never should have.
Adam Morgan added 2 mph to his fast ball and 2 runs to his ERA.
The bullpen has been a rotating door of crap, poop, shit, and other fecal matter.
Taylor Featherston, Emmanuel Burriss, and Cedric Hunter are a combined 11-102. Pluck any Single-A player from whatever Podunk town and they would fair better.
Top prospects JP Crawford and Nick Williams puttered about in Triple-A for the majority of the season. Not sure why they weren't promoted, they'd have fit in perfectly with all the other underperforming players on the Phillies.
Cesar Hernandez, Cameron Rupp, Tommy Joseph, Jerad Eickhoff, Jeremy Hellickson, Hector Neris, Vincent Velasquez, and Jeanmar Gomez were the only positives, but none of them lit the world on fire.
The Phillies have the worst offense in MLB and have been outscored by the next lowest team (Braves) by 23 runs. They have the 2nd lowest batting average, lowest on base percentage, second lowest slugging percentage, and lowest OPS. Great job fellas! Their pitching hasn't been much better either, ranking 25th in ERA. So, despite their record, I am officially giving the Phillies the deSTINKtion as the worst team in baseball.
It's difficult to blog about, sorry.