Season Preview: When the Phillies come to town, a lot of pitchers may be developing “achy” arms. From top to bottom, the club has one of the most power-packed lineups in baseball. Veterans Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber, Rhys Hoskins, and Nick Castellanos could easily hit 150 home runs between the four of them. J.T. Realmuto may be the best catcher in the NL, but he will have his hands full this year with a pitching staff that begins with more questions than answers. Aaron Nola, Kyle Gibson, and Zach Wheeler are quality starters. Beyond them, however, there are no sure bets. The hope is that the bullpen will turn things around from 2021, when Philly’s relief pitchers set more fires than they put out.
Season Recap: The Phillies held the top spot in the NL East in early August, but lost 8 out of 10 games and found themselves battling for a Wild Card spot instead. They fell just short, despite an MVP-quality year from Bryce Harper—who led the majors in slugging average—and great pitching by Zach Wheeler. Trades for pitchers Kyle Gibson and Ian Kennedy in July had fans excited, but in the end, the Phillies just did not have the supporting cast to make the playoffs.
June 25, 2021: Aaron Nola struck out 10 Mets in a row to tie the all-time record. The other pitcher to whiff 10 straight was Tom Seaver of the Mets, who struck out 10 San Diego Padres in a row in 1970.
Season Preview: The Phils hope that Archie Bradley will settle down a shaky bullpen and that young infielder Alec Bohm’s fine 2020 season was for real. If so, the team has enough talent to reach the top of the standings. Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins provide power for a lineup that also features JT Realmuto, Didi Gregorius, and Andrew McCutchen.
Season Recap: Bullpen problems cost the Phillies precious wins during the short season. Newcomers Didi Gregorious and JT Realmuto had solid years, and rookie third baseman Alec Bohm showed he was ready to be a star. However, no one on the team had the kind of breakout MVP season needed to get the Phillies into the postseason.
Season Preview: The Phillies added the big bats of JT Realmuto and Didi Gregorious to a lineup that already had sluggers Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins. If Aaron Nola can return to his 2018 form and newcomer Zach Wheeler stays healthy, the Phillies could be the team to beat in the NL East.
Season Recap: Injuries took a heavy toll on the Phillies in 2019, and they simply could not keep up in a close Wild Card hunt. The team went 81–81 despite solid years from Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto, and Aaron Nola. Among the players who stepped up when given an opportunity were Scott Kingery, Adam Haseley, Cesar Hernandez, and Hector Neris. Each will be looking to lock down everyday jobs in 2020.
July 3, 2019: Bryce Harper collected his 1,000th hit and 200th home run on the same pitch against the Atlanta Braves.
Season Preview: It may be a while before the Phillies sink below .500 again. They have young, star-quality talent at multiple positions, including their big winter signing, Bryce Harper. There are some great arms in the Philadelphia bullpen, and a new man behind the plate: J.T. Realmuto, which will help the team squeeze the most out of its starting staff.
Season Recap: The young Phillies started fast and looked like a good bet to make the playoffs, but faded in the second half. Aaron Nola led a talented group of young starters, while slugger Rhys Hoskins paced the offense. The Phillies have exciting talent at almost every position, but a lack of experience doomed them to a mere 80 wins.
Season Preview: The Phillies let their young stars play in 2017, and that experience could help them get off to a good start in 2018. Rhys Hoskins, J.D. Crawford, Jorge Alfaro, Mikael Franco, Aaron Altherr, Aaron Nola, Hecotr Neris, and Jared Eickhoff look like future All-Stars. Top prospect Scott Kingery will also see a lot of playing time. This group will be led by veterans Carlos Santana, Odubel Herrera, and Jake Arrieta.
Season Recap: No one likes to lose 96 games, but fans in Philly had plenty to cheer about. The team gave its top prospects time to play and they were fantastic. Rhys Hoskins, Jorge Alfaro, Nick Williams, Aaron Altherr, and Hector Neris showed they could soon be ready to lead the Phillies back to the top of the NL East.
August 27, 2017: Rookie Rhys Hoskins hit his 11th home run in his 18th major league game. No one in history had reached 11 home runs faster.
July 11, 2017: Reliever Pat Neshek—whom the Phillies acquired for a “Player to be Named Later” in a trade with the Astros—pitched the second inning of the 2017 All-Star Game. Neshek was an All-Star in 2014, with the Cardinals.
November 1, 2016: The Phillies surprised everyone with a strong start, but they could not keep it up through a long summer. By the end of the season, the team managed to put one of baseball’s best young lineups on the field, led by Maikel Franco, Odubel Herrera, Aaron Nola and Vince Velasquez.
October 5, 2016: After an amazing start to the season, the Phillies ran out of gas in the second half and finished 71–91. Mikael Franco was the team’s top hitter and young hurlers Vince Velasquez, Jerad Eickhoff, Jake Thompson, and Aaron Nola got much-needed experience.
October 14, 2015: Philadelphia fans enjoyed a glimpse of the future in 2015, as several young prospects got a chance to play. Maikel Franco, Odubel Herrera, Aaron Altherr, Darnell Sweeney, Aaron Nola, Ken Giles, and Jerad Eickhoff look ready to assumer greater roles in 2016.
July 25, 2015: In his final game as a member of the Phillies, Cole Hamels threw a no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs. He was traded to the Texas Rangers a few days later.
April 5, 2015: Age and injuries caught up with the Phillies in 2014. In 2015, the team is looking for ways to work more young talent into the lineup. Philadelphia fans are hoping to see infield prospects Mikael Franco and J.P. Crawford win starting jobs this season, and keeping their fingers crossed that Chase Utley and the other veteran stars can still perform at All-Star levels.
November 1, 2014: The Phillies had a second straight year of 73 wins. Their aging stars grew a year older, while their younger players showed they were not quite ready to fill leadership roles. Ben Revere was their best offensive player, with 49 stolen bases. Philadelphia’s top pitcher was Cole Hamels, but he only won 9 of 30 starts.
September 1, 2014: Cole Hamels, Jacob Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon teamed up to no-hit the Braves. It was the 11th “combined” no-hitter in history.
June 14, 2014: Jimmy Rollins singled against the Cubs to become the Phillies’ career leader in hits. Rollins broke the record held by Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt.
June 10, 2014: Jonathan Papelbon notched his 300th career save. He joined 25 other pitchers who had reached the 300-save level.
March 31, 2014: The Phillies have some of the biggest names in baseball on the team—Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Rayn Howard, Cliff Lee, Jonathan Papelbon and Cole Hamels. Add up their ages and you get a number around 200. That’s not a good thing. The Phillies need to get great years from their younger stars, including Domonic Brown and Ben Revere, to be successful in 2014.
October 1, 2013: There is a value in having a team made up of experienced veterans. There is also a downside. In 2013, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, and Roy Halladay had terrible years. One of the Philly’s lone bright spots was Dominic Brown, who finally broke out in his fourth season. The Phillies finished in fourth place in the NL East.
March 30, 2013: The Phillies will depend on a core of players who have begun to show their age—including Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Jonathan Papelbon. It may fall to younger players like Domonic Brown and Ben Revere to step up and carry the team through the summer.
October 3, 2012: The Phillies knew they would be without Chase Utley and Ryan Howard for much of the 2012 season. However, they did not count on poor seasons from their two aces, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee. They combined for only 17 wins. The team finished 81–81—17 games out of first place—and traded two of its best players, Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino. The question heading into the winter is Can Philly count on its “Big 4” stars in 2013?
September 22, 2012: Ryan Howard hit his 300th homer in the 1,093rd game of his career. The only player to reach 300 in fewer games was Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner.
June 23, 2012: Jim Thome hit a walk-off home run to beat the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the 13th walk-off homer of Thome’s career, the most in history. He had been tied with Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Frank Robinson, Jimmie Foxx, and Stan Musial.
April, 2012: If Ryan Howard isn’t healthy to begin the season, the Phillies have three first baseman who can take his place—Jim Thome, Ty Wigginton, and John Mayberry. The big news for 2012, however, is the team’s new closer, Jonathan Papelbon. He takes the place of Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge.