Phillies trending upwards in MLB.com’s Power Rankings heading into the 2nd half of the season
The Phillies kick off the second half of the 2022 regular season on Friday night as they welcome the Chicago Cubs to Citizens Bank Park.
After a tough start to the year under Joe Girardi, the Phils completely turned things around under interim manager Rob Thomson, who currently holds a 27-14 since taking over the club. The Phillies are now six games above .500, holding the last NL Wild Card spot.
MLB.com just released their Power Rankings heading into the 2nd half. Here’s where the Phillies currently stand.
MLB.com Power Rankings
- New York Yankees
- Los Angeles Dodgers
- Houston Astros
- New York Mets
- Atlanta Braves
- San Diego Padres
- Seattle Mariners
- Minnesota Twins
- Milwaukee Brewers
- St. Louis Cardinals
- Tampa Bay Rays
- Toronto Blue Jays
13. Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies (49-43) sit at #13 in MLB.com’s power rankings and have one of the easiest remaining schedules in all of baseball. The Phillies (49-43) currently hold a +62 run differential and are 6-4 in their last 10 games. They picked up a huge sweep down in Miami right before the All-Star Break, something they haven’t done since 2010.
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Kyle Schwarber was the lone Phillies player at the All-Star game festivities last weekend and has high hopes for the Phillies’ 2nd half and their goal to break their 10-year playoff drought.
“We’ve gone through a lot early. We’ve fought through a lot of injuries, ya know with Bryce and Seggy (Segura) being down. We’ve had a lot of young guys step up, and you see the way they haven’t been affected by the moment. I think you could see a really good version of the Philadelphia Phillies come out in the 2nd half.”
Schwarber has been the biggest reason for the Phillies’ success this season. He is second in the MLB in HRs with 29, trailing just Aaron Judge with 33. He’s hitting .208/.317/.503 on the year, with 58 RBIs, 12 doubles, 70 hits, 62 runs scored, and an OPS of .820.
The team will be getting Jean Segura and Bryce Harper back in the lineup before September, which will be will obviously be two huge additions in the Hunt for Red October.
Probable Phillies Lineup with Harper and Segura back..
- Schwarber (LF)
- Segura (2B)
- Harper (DH)
- Hoskins (1B)
- Castellanos (RF)
- Realmuto (C)
- Bohm (3B)
- Stott/Gregorius (SS)
- Vierling (CF)
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If the Phillies want to get back to October baseball, their pitching is going to have to stay consistent. The starting rotation has been solid, and the bullpen has been great. Zack Wheeler is 8-5 on the year with a 2.89 ERA in 99.2 innings. Aaron Nola has a 3.8 WAR and a 0.91 WHIP in 126.2 innings and leads the team in strikeouts with 137.
With Zach Eflin dealing with injuries once again, the Phillies have also been rumored to hit the market for a starting pitcher when the MLB Trade Deadline approaches on July 31st.
Seranthony Dominguez holds a 1.85 ERA, Corey Knebel is down to a 3.03, Brad Hand holds a 2.17, and Connor Brogdon has a 1.93. The bullpen just got JoJo Romero back off the IL, and Sam Coonrod is set to start a rehab assignment in the coming weeks.
This is the best shape the Phillies have been in at the All-Star break since 2012, but it now comes down to them staying consistent. The next month for the Phillies features series against the Cubs, Pirates, Nationals, and Marlins.
Expect the Phils to break into the Top 10 of the MLB Power Rankings if they have a good first week back, starting off with a Cubs team that has struggled this season.