5 Players Who Must Step Up For Philadelphia Phillies in August

5 Players Who Must Step Up For the Phillies in August

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The Philadelphia Phillies are currently the worst team in the NL East and look to finish the season there. Some players could benefit from an improved August, both young and old, to either improve their trade stock, or to obtain an everyday position for the 2015 season.

5. Chase Utley

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5. Chase Utley

Chase Utley
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Chase Utley started off the season strong with a pre-All-Star break .293 batting average. Since the break, he has a .222 batting average. Possibly his age, 35 years old, is catching up to him in the back end of the season.

4. Cody Asche

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4. Cody Asche

Cody Asche
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Cody Asche has been average at best since the 2013 season, his first year of major league experience. Asche has batted slightly better than his 2013 season, up to a .253 average. However, Maikel Franco lurking in the minors puts extra pressure on Asche to have a strong August.

3. A.J. Burnett

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3. A.J. Burnett

A.J. Burnett
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A.J. Burnett has struggled this season when compared to his 2013 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Burnett has a 4.16 ERA, up from his 3.30 ERA a year before. Recently, his 6.41 ERA after the All-Star break prohibited a trade from happening in July. Hopefully, a better performance in August improves a possible trade for the Phillies.

2. Domonic Brown

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2. Domonic Brown

Domonic Brown
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Domonic Brown hasn't had nearly as productive of a season as he had in 2013. Brown hit 27 HRs with a .272 batting average, and only has seven HRs with a .229 average this season. Once a top prospect for the Phillies, he needs to turn his season around with a better August to solidify himself as an everyday outfielder for next season.

1. Ryan Howard

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1. Ryan Howard

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Ryan Howard has been ridiculed by the media as well as Phillies fans. Recent rumors have been to bench Howard despite his big contract, however, so far this August he has hit a few home runs. Ryan Howard needs to prove to Phillies fans why he should be playing everyday, and why he is worthy of his contract.

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