Can Phillies Be 2016 Version Of Last Year’s Houston Astros?
After the Phillies win on Wednesday afternoon their record stands at 24-17 which places them among the top five teams record-wise in the National League. But can the "Fightin' Phils" keep this up for the length of the long baseball season? ESPN Baseball Analyst Pedro Gomez was a guest on The Sports Bash on Wednesday discussed the possibility the Phillies can keep this up:
"There's a simple formula for what they're doing right now, they are pitching. They got three guys who are pitching their brains out; when you get starting pitching anything can happen....It's tough to maintain over the course of a full year, especially with guys that don't have a long track record but that's not to say it can't happen. And as we all know, the more that it happens the more it starts to snowball and a team starts to say 'Hey why not us?' That's kind of exactly what happened with the Astros a year ago that it was the end of May, it was the end of June, it was the end of July they were still up there and then they all of a sudden said 'Well to hell with it, we're going to do this' and even though they didn't win the division they did reach the postseason, they won the Wildcard game, they made it to the ALDS. It's going to be a little tougher for the Phillies I would say because they are in a division with two really good teams and the Astros were in a division where there wasn't really a superpower. So when you got the Nationals and the Mets in the same division it's going to be a much tougher road to hoe but hey, anything I would think is just more than gravy right now for Philly fans who didn't probably expect much this year."
Listen to what Gomez had to say about Phillies Manager Pete Mackanin, divisional rival Washington Nationals, and his thoughts on the surprise that is the Phillies' bullpen