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What we’ve seen from the Major League club in 2017 is nothing short of depressing.
This was a team that manager Pete Mackanin said should be able to play .500 ball this season. Oops! Instead, after one of the worst months in franchise history, the Phillies are the worst team in baseball.
At 17-34, the Phils were swept by the Miami Marlins, who came into their series just one game better, but swept the Phillies in dominating fashion by a combined score of 21-5.
It’s clear that, for right now, we can’t trust the big league club. It’s a train wreck of historic proportions, and that’s not hyperbole. This was the worst month of May in the franchise’s history, and this team has played baseball games since 1883.
What separates this Phillies teams from some of the other dreadful teams of the late 1990s and early 2000s is the talent that lies just one and two levels below. In AAA and AA, there is talent, even if none of it appears to be superstar-elite at this point.
So with the MLB team letting everyone down, and the minor league guys offering the truest form of hope right now, it’s time for Phillies fans to embrace our very own version of “the process.”
Guys, it’s time to TRUST THE PROSPECTS.
Say it again, “TRUST THE PROSPECTS.”
Host John Stolnis was joined on Episode 120 of The Felske Files by CBS3 Feature and Sports Reporter Pat Gallen, where they covered a range of issues.
- Is this the worst Phillies team of our lifetime?
- The timing of Pete Mackanin’s contract could not have been worse.
- Which coaches are on the hot seat, and is the manager’s seat getting warmer, too?
- This is a defeated club. Something has to change.
- All of the core players are going backwards.
- When should the Phillies send down Maikel Franco and/or Odubel Herrera, if at all?
- Which Phillies prospects are ready to be called up?
- How much blame should Matt Klentak get for this season’s regression?
- Why don’t the Phillies get the same grace Sixers fans gave their team?
Fangraphs lead prospect writer Eric Longenhagen also joined the show to talk about...
- Eric was in Reading for Wednesday’s double-header, who looked good in his brief two-game sample?
- Scott Kingery is being talked about a ton, is his power legitimate?
- What kind of future Major Leaguer does outfielder Andrew Pullin project to be?
- Eric saw Lehigh Valley last week... what has been J.P. Crawford’s main problem breaking through offensively?
- Tom Eshelman has been dealing since coming to the Iron Pigs. What kind of Major League starter does he project to be?
- Which Iron Pigs are ready for a call to the Majors right now?
- The Phillies draft No. 8 overall in the MLB Draft later this month. What kinds of players are they targeting?
Also, some notes from around the league...
- Mike Trout is out 6-8 weeks with an injured thumb.
- MLB misses the mark with another beanbrawl, this time between the Nationals’ Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland of the Giants.
- Some surprising standings around MLB with two months in the books.
- Stat of the Week
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