How Bad Have the Phillies Been? Really Bad

I've spent the past couple of weeks trying to reassure you that things aren't so bad. That this team has been here before and will pull out of it. And that this is just a slump, albeit a slump in which multiple players are simultaneously being atrocious.

As much as I continue to believe that, I'm also just as intensely frustrated as you are about this team right now. The Phillies have been awful for the past three weeks. There's just no sugarcoating it at this point.

How bad have they been? Well, this standings chart of all teams for games played after May 17 (when the Phillies last showed offensive life by beating Pittsburgh 12-2) puts things in perspective.

NL East W L PCT GB RS RA DIFF
Atlanta 15 5 0.750 - 111 70 41
NY Mets 11 7 0.611 2 87 73 14
Florida 8 11 0.421 6.5 80 75 5
Washington 7 12 0.368 7.5 85 87 (2)
Philadelphia 6 13 0.316 8.5 41 74 (33)
NL Central W L PCT GB RS RA DIFF
St. Louis 11 8 0.579 - 99 76 23
Cincinnati 11 9 0.550 0.5 112 89 23
Chicago Cubs 9 9 0.500 1.5 62 62 0
Houston 9 11 0.450 2.5 77 109 (32)
Milwaukee 8 11 0.421 3 76 107 (31)
Pittsburgh 7 12 0.368 4 54 84 (30)
NL West W L PCT GB RS RA DIFF
LA Dodgers 13 7 0.650 - 83 81 2
Colorado 11 8 0.579 1.5 85 67 18
San Diego 11 8 0.579 1.5 89 77 12
San Francisco 10 9 0.526 2.5 77 83 (6)
Arizona 7 12 0.368 5.5 78 103 (25)
AL East W L PCT GB RS RA DIFF
Boston 15 5 0.750 - 115 63 52
Toronto 10 8 0.556 4 94 68 26
NY Yankees 10 9 0.526 4.5 95 84 11
Tampa Bay 10 9 0.526 4.5 95 93 2
Baltimore 4 14 0.222 10 53 104 (51)
AL Central W L PCT GB RS RA DIFF
Chicago Sox 9 10 0.474 - 83 99 (16)
Kansas City 9 10 0.474 - 94 85 9
Minnesota 9 10 0.474 - 79 76 3
Detroit 7 11 0.389 1.5 71 73 (2)
Cleveland 6 14 0.300 3.5 84 122 (38)
AL West W L PCT GB RS RA DIFF
LA Angels 14 6 0.700 - 120 89 31
Oakland 11 9 0.550 3 81 82 (1)
Texas 9 9 0.500 4 95 91 4
Seattle 9 10 0.474 4.5 82 91 (9)

Hey, at least we're not Orioles fans, right?

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