Aided by Easy June Schedule, Philadelphia Phillies Look to Avoid Typical “June Swoon”
While it is still early in the month, the Philadelphia Phillies look to be once again falling into a “June swoon” as they have for the past handful of seasons. However, with over two weeks of games left to be played against some of baseball’s worst teams, the Phillies could benefit from an easy June schedule.
After winning five games in a row for the first time this season, the Phillies looked to be riding high. They had just swept the Miami Marlins and had taken second place in the NL East for the first time this season. It was also the first time that the team had gotten above the .500 mark. Because of this streak, it initially looked like the Phillies might actually come out of June with a winning record for the first time since 2011.
And while they still can, early signs seem to point in the opposite direction. Now back under the .500 mark on the season, the Phillies are just 5-4 in the month of June and are currently riding a three-game losing streak after dropping their most recent series to the Milwaukee Brewers.
But luckily enough, the bad news kind of stops there because for the Phillies, their June schedule is actually relatively easy on paper. Of the teams the Phillies will face, only the Colorado Rockies have a winning record and the Washington Nationals are the only other .500 team at 31-31.
Other than that, the Phillies had the pleasure of facing the last-place Marlins and last-place Brewers, and will still face the fourt-place Minnesota Twins, the fourt-place San Diego Padres, the fourth-place New York Mets and the last place Los Angeles Dodgers. In fact, the Phillies might have the easiest June schedule of all MLB teams.
Of course on paper is one thing, but going out and playing is another. Look at the Brewers series. On paper, the Phillies should have won, but it didn’t happen that way. In fact, the team is just 2-5 against Milwaukee, which is currently in possession of the NL’s third-worst record.
But, if the Phillies can find a way to get back to playing the way they did during their winning streak, the team should have no problem entering the month of July with a winning record on the season. And of course, the team might still be able to find themselves in the race for a playoff spot as well.
Marilee Gallagher is a Philadelphia Phillies writer for RantSports.com. You can follow her on Twitter (@MGallagher17), like her page on Facebook (Marilee’s Sportswriter Profile) or join her network on Google+