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Phillies wrap up season today, will finish in 4th place

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Phils get a win with Zach Eflin on the mound last night

The 162 game season started in what feels like it wasn’t too long ago, the baseball season flies by even though we start way back in very late March. After 162 games, the Phillies will finish a solid 4th place in the NL East, in what is very much a failure for this team.

Talk of the playoffs, and even more pervaded the airwaves prior to the start of the season, and the Phillies burst out on to the 2019 season looking like they might make good on the promise of that. The Phils spent 76 days of the season, including days off, in first place. Then June took place, and the Phillies fell from their perch, never to look back or return.

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Two players that could have got a bit more love this season, both maybe gone for 2020

What happened to this team? A total collapse from where they started the first couple months of the season. Looking back at the season and you look at many spots of the season that this team if it had done things better would be in the playoffs as of today.

One thing is pitching, the pitching deserted this team. The pitching staff gave up the 2nd most HRs in the NL right behind the Colorado Rockies. Out of the 15 NL teams the Phils finished 11th in ERA. Phils pitchers gave up the 3rd most hits in the NL. The Braves were right behind the Phils in hits given up this season, but there offense was good enough to overcome this.

Another reason the Phils are in 4th place is the team that they are playing today to close the season out with. The Miami Marlins beat the Phillies 9 times this year, but the worst team the Phillies faced was the Washington Nationals, the Nats beat the Phils in 15 of the 19 games that the two teams play against one another.

This isn’t really an end of year report card, but it’s an attempt to further look into what went wrong with this season. The Phillies were totally unpredictable this past year, every day it seemed if it was a different result from this team, they either lacked pitching or offense or a combination of both for their losses.

It all wraps up today though, fan appreciation day at the ballpark at 3:05 PM – prizes, thrills, and baseball oh my.

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