I've been posting this on the first every month - this one seems hard - I could certainly enumerate five reasons to be pessimistic about the Phillies - starting with .. no Harper. but that's not the post - let's get back on track:
1 The Schedule: at the start of 2022, the Phillies had the 2nd toughest schedule in the majors (the toughest schedule you can have and not face the Yankees). However - the worst is definitely over, the remaining 2022 season is the 7th easiest (the Braves are 8th) (according to Power Rankings Guru). In July: 7 games vs the Cards and 3 vs the Nats until the All Star Break - and then.. @Blue Jays, @Marlins Cubs, Braves, and @Pirates.
2 Some player trends are good:
JT Realmuto has picked up in the last week, and July is (on his career) his best month.
Hoskins has improved with each month and July is (on his career) his best month.
Bryson Stott had his best month in June, it wasn't amazing, but it was better than awful (Apr & May). Vierling had a great month in June (.855 OPS). In 2020, July was Bohm's best month.
Zach Wheeler has been pitching great and he often finishes strong. Aaron Nola is also pitching really well. June has been Suarez' best month of 2022.
Brad Hand had a good month of June, but July is (on his career) his best month (by WHIP).
3 The big June winning streak was without Jean Segura, who is an important hitter. Can the Phillies do it without two? Maybe..
4 Last night's game. Decent outing from Nola and good relief from the last two in the bullpen. Everybody hit - Castellanos got a homer! Hall got 2 homers! (I've got some words to eat about that guy) The South Philly Bash Bros (Hoskins and Schwarber were outa there! Vierling, Bohm, Stott, Realmuto, Didi got hits. They may have been facing a quality of pitching that included infielder Michael Ford, but the offense showed up big time and the pitching was good. I know even bad teams have a single great night, but....
5 If you can't be optimistic about baseball, what can you be optimistic about?