The way this season has been going for the Philadelphia Phillies, everyone from the front office to the fans believed that they would stay under .500 all season. They would tease everyone by winning, then going right back on a losing streak. It had looked like their season was done.
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Charlie Manuel had decided to sit the team down in the beginning of the month. It must have worked, as they haven’t looked back. They have won their last four series. One was against the first-place Atlanta Braves.
The Phillies had a tough time getting to .500 this season. They would always be close and then would fall. Right before the All-Star break, the Phillies had managed to get to 48-48. Last night, against the New York Mets, the Phillies finally got over the hump and went over .500 at 49-48, defeating the Mets 14-8. It is the first time all season that they are over .500, and it is certainly the kind of confidence that the Phillies need.
The question now is can the Phillies continue to move forward? Can they get on a winning streak?
They will finish the weekend out with the Mets. They will send Cole Hamels to the mound today and Cliff Lee tomorrow. Hamels has been rocky this season, posting the highest ERA of all the starters, but hopefully the second half will bring him better luck. Lee has been the Phillies’ ace this season, posting a record of 10-3. Sending these two out can possibly mean a sweep as long as the offense continues to show up.
For the rest of the season, the Phillies are going to have to work hard. They face tough opponents right after another. They will also have to play the Braves and Washington Nationals back to back. They have a tough road ahead. If they want to stay above .500 and make a playoff push, they have to stay positive and play their best games.