5 Biggest Surprises of the Philadelphia Phillies’ Season So Far

5 Biggest Surprises of the Philadelphia Phillies' Season So Far

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In a season where almost nothing has gone right, the Philadelphia Phillies are looking at some major changes starting at the trade deadline and continuing into the offseason. Even though the 2014 season has gone as fans and analysts expected, there were still a few surprises over the course of the first half of the season. Some players played above expectations and others well below. Here are the five biggest surprises of the Phillies' season.

5. Reid Brignac

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5. Reid Brignac

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When Reid Brignac was brought up from Triple-A in May to replace Cody Asche at third base, few were expecting much. However, Brignac made the most of his chance, hitting a walk-off home run in June, averaging .258 on the year and impressing everyone with his style of play.

4. Just How Clueless the Phillies' Front Office Is

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4. Just How Clueless the Phillies' Front Office Is

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When asked about rebuilding the Phillies, team president David Montgomery said the franchise would probably never go into a total rebuilding mode because that would mean the attendance at games would go down. Like the ballpark is even close to full now?

3. Ryan Howard: Hero No More

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3. Ryan Howard: Hero No More

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When fans talk about who they don't want to see traded in any rebuild, the one name that never comes up is Ryan Howard. Fans would apparently rather see Jimmy Rollins or Chase Utley in a Phillies uniform than the Big Piece. There used to be a time that was unthinkable. Not anymore.

2. Justin De Fratus

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2. Justin De Fratus

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After an unspectacular few years in the majors, Justin De Fratus has finally come into his own as a key member of the Phillies' bullpen. With an ERA of only 1.64 in 20 appearances, De Fratus looks like a young pitcher the Phillies can use to build on the future.

1. How Fast the Phillies Fell Apart

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1. How Fast the Phillies Fell Apart

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It's amazing how far an MLB team can fall in such a short amount of time. The core of this same franchise won a World Series just six years ago and 102 games in 2011. Now they're on pace to lose 90 games this season. Oh how quickly the mighty have fallen.

David Goodman is a Philadelphia Phillies writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter at @PhillyGuyDave, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your circles on Google.

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