Phillies Near the Bottom of ESPN’s Power Rankings
The Phillies have been pretty miserable to watch through the first two months of the 2017 season, and ESPN’s most recent power rankings reflects their poor play.
Philadelphia (17-31) finished one spot from the bottom, 29th overall, in the website’s MLB rankings on Monday. Their 17 wins, are the lowest in all of baseball, as they currently stand 14 games under .500 entering play tonight vs the Marlins.
The Phillies can't do anything well anymore -- bad starting pitching, no relief from the bullpen and they can't score. They haven't won consecutive games this month and the manager held a dreaded team meeting this week. At least when they win, they give the fans some excitement. They've had two walk-off wins this week, and both hits came off the bat of Tommy Joseph, who has rebounded nicely in May after a bad April. -- John Fisher, ESPN Stats & Information
As Fisher noted, the Phillies have been miserable not in just one area, but every area. Their offensive numbers have been horrendous; 20th in team batting average (.245) and 26th in runs scored (200) in the major leagues.
The Phillies pitching has also been tough to watch, both the starters and the bullpen.
The Phillies starting pitching was supposed to be a strength this season, but has struggled with just 16 quality starts, 29th best in baseball. Their 4.83 ERA is second worst in baseball.
With poor offense and pitching it's no surprise to see the Phillies at the bottom of the MLB rankings, the real question is - when will the hit the very bottom?