They were once sitting at 48-47, struggling on offense and on the mound. Even many of the diehards had questions whether the 2010 edition of the “Fightin Phils” would be able to make a run at their third straight World Series appearance.
How the “world” has changed over the last couple of months.
You may remember back to a warm July night in St. Louis. Ryan Howard was back home and Phillies fell to the Cardinals, 5-1, to start their post- All Star Game stretch by losing six of their first seven games.
That was July 21st. And since that loss in the Gateway City 48 days ago, the Phillies have gone on a run that the ’64 Phillies wish they could have had a piece of.
They are 32-14 during that time… a .696 winning percentage.
Sure, the biggest part of that run has been the pitching. For the most part, the starters have been solid and the bullpen has closed the door when needed. But the hitters have really come around to make this team start to look like the teams that made the Fall Classic each of the last two years.
Put it this way…
Right now, the Phillies are the first National League team to reach 80 wins. There aren’t many people that would have said that two months ago.
It is also the first time since May 30th that they sit in 1st Place.
But maybe more amazing is… if the season were done today, the Phillies would have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Chew on that one for a while, baseball fans.