Splitting a series with the Reds and a worrisome schedule through the end of the season has not done much to inspire the Phillies faithful. Your confidence in this team hasn’t permeated more than 32% of those polled (which you can take part in by clicking here) in six weeks.
And what do you expect? J.T. Realmuto said after the fourth game in the Reds series—a onerun, walk-off loss—that there is plenty of time, but the Phillies need to work fast to right the ship. Being a team with some amount of potential, or even just due for a prolonged stroke of luck, it’ll be tough to count them out if they hang onto wild card contention until the last day. But even so, it’s hard to take a squad seriously when every success is immediately nullified by failure, whether that means losing two of four to Cincinnati or watching Blake Parker surrender a home run to the Reds’ pitcher after Adam Haseley makes a home run-robbing catch in center field.
Confidence in manager Gabe Kapler has bounced upward, however, leaving the teens behind for the first time in three weeks. About 39% of fans polled said they had faith in the Phillies skipper, though this was likely before his early hook on Vince Velasquez against the Reds (which didn’t hurt him) and his reluctance to double switch in Hector Neris in the series finale (which seemed to).