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First-Half Report Card for the 2014 Philadelphia Phillies

First-Half Report Card for the 2014 Philadelphia Phillies

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Since winning a franchise-record 102 games in 2011, the Philadelphia Phillies have free fallen down the standings. There can be an argument made for the team’s overall grade to be an F for their performance in 2014. However, let's take a look and see how Philadelphia graded out in five individual categories.

Offense: D

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Offense: D

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This grade could honestly be considered as generous. Ben Revere has fewer than 10 walks on the season, and Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins simply are not what they used to be. The only reason the grade is not lower is because of the production from Chase Utley and Marlon Byrd.

Defense: B-

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Defense: B-

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Overall and statistically, the defense has been solid in 2014. However, errors at crucial times have contributed to too many loses for Philadelphia this season.

Starting Pitching: C-

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Starting Pitching: C-

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What was supposed to be the strength of this team has not produced. Cliff Lee went down with an injury in May, and A.J. Burnett has been up and down. Cole Hamels has shown ace-type stuff, but gets no run support. Do not be surprised if two or three of these starters are traded by July 31.

Bullpen: B+

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Bullpen: B+

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The bullpen struggled early, but has rebounded and been the most consistent part of this Philadelphia team. Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Mario Hollands all look like young pieces who will be with the team for awhile. Jonathan Papelbon solidifies the ninth inning and is having a bounce-back year.

Coaching/Managing: C

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Coaching/Managing: C

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Ryne Sandberg has been put into a tough situation with a mediocre roster, at best. However, he has not done a good job providing a spark to a team that desperately needs it.