The Philadelphia Phillies are not the team we were accustomed to watching for the last six years.
The team defeated the Washington Nationals 3-1 last night and won their third-straight series by taking three of the four games against Washington, and it was a whole new cast of characters that got the job done for the Fighting Phils. All-Star Domonic Brown made an awesome throw at the plate to catcher Carlos Ruiz to prevent the Nationals from scoring off a single in the first inning, which set the tone for the rest of the game.
Brown, along with pitcher Kyle Kendrick, have been unlikely heroes for the Phillies all season and showed why they have become such important pieces in the Phillies’ turnaround of late. They’re not the usual suspects Phillies’ fans are accustomed to seeing, but I’m sure they’re getting used to it by now.
The team’s core players of former MVPs and All-Stars like Jimmy Rollins, newly-injured Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Cole Hamels were some of the MLB‘s scariest players to go up against, but lately, these core players have all looked very mortal.
Gone are the days where each one of them can put the whole team on their back and rally them to victory. Now they must rely on their teammates to play equal roles to help the Phillies to achieve success, but these are not the players that the core group of players are used to seeing.
The Phillies are not who you thought they were anymore.