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Phillies at 61 losses . . . and counting!

The magic of the number 61.

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There was a time, not so long ago, when the Phillies were good.  And not just good, but historically good.  That year was 2011, and even though October didn't end the way we wanted it to, it was a magical year.

So magical, in fact, that the Phillies played 162 games and only lost 60.  That's a truly remarkable number, one that too many people lost sight of given the outcome of the short series against the Cardinals that ended the season for the team.

Fast forward to 2015 and things are just a tad bit different in Phillie land.  The few players that remain from that 2011 team are, with the exception of Cole Hamels, mere shadows of their former selves.  Most of the rest aren't much better.

The results?  90 games into the season, one game before the All-Star Break, the Phillies lost their 61st game.  In other words, this year, with 72 games remaining, the Phillies have already lost more games than they did all of 2011.

What's worse is that there's very little reason to hope that the Phillies won't lose more games than they won in all of 2011.  They'd need to lose 42 more games to lose 103 over the course of the season, 41 to tie, and 40 to do just better with "only" 101 losses.  Going 32-40 the rest of the way, to have a 61-101 record, would require the Phillies to play .444 baseball from here on out, a clip that is .122 better than their current .322 winning percentage.

In other words, chances are very high that the Phillies are going to not only eclipse the 102 loss mark this year, but blow by it with many to spare.

How times change....