Aaron Altherr has been on a tear for the Phils, who is the best offensive player on this team now?
The Phillies have made the transition from the worst team in baseball to the second worst baseball team in the MLB behind the win last night against the LA Dodgers. The San Francisco Giants now have the dubious honor of being at the bottom of the totem pole in the MLB.
Does this mean better things for the Phils in 2018? That is very much a mystery at this point, but it’s something that is being talked about in the media and some optimistic fans. Maybe it’s the late surge that the Phils have been experiencing and the success the team has been having makes it seem like they have found an interesting combination of young players who seem to be firing on all cylinders.
What’s this team missing? Maybe a pitcher or two? The pitching staff, led by Aaron Nola’s 12 wins on this season that the Phils looked as if they would lose 100 games, is one that could use an upgrade. It will be interesting to see what moves GM Matt Klentak makes over the off-season. Nola has had an awesome season for the team, he’s notched 175 SO and has a 3.56 ERA to lead all of the Phils starters. Overall though, the pitching staff needs improvement, it’s currently ranked at 21st in the MLB in ERA at 4.64. The BAA for team pitching is .266 which is 25th in the MLB.
The Dodger series has been good for Phillies fans and the team alike! A chance to sweep the Dodgers today at CBP with the matinee 1:05 PM start. The Dodgers are cruising into the playoffs anyway, and they head out to LA after the game, and Friday night in LA will see the Dodgers and their fans celebrate the 90th birthday of Tommy Lasorda with an on-field ceremony.