Basement Thoughts:The 2017 Phillies So Far
Even though it doesn't come up much, I am a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, and I've casually watched them this year so far, mainly because of other things having my attention, either TV Shows, Twitch or Fic Writing.
Anyway, the Phillies are 15-25 so far this year, and yeah okay, that's not a good record, but there a lot of promise on the team. Cesar Hernandez and Aaron Altherr have been very good and I wouldn't be surprise if one or both make the All-Star team this year if they can keep things up. The rest of the line up for the most part has been okay, with the exception of disappointing seasons so far from Maikel Franco and Odubel Herrara, with the former appearing to be another 'Dom Brown' and the later coming back down to the earth. The bench has been okay, continuing a trend from the past decade. On the mound... well only Jeremy Hellickson has been a positive in the starting rotation, as it appears whenever he takes the hill it's the 'possibility of a win', as none of the other starters has an ERA under 4.00, and the bullpen has been down right awful at times.
So with these observations in mind... how do I expect the rest of the season to play out? Quite honestly, it's going to be a long, brutal summer and early fall. I don't see the pitching 'coming alive' and being good enough to allow many victories to take place. I do see Hellickson probably being dealt to a contender, but the returns are probably going to be a couple of 'suspects' as opposed to prospects.