ESPN gives Phillies a C grade for April performance
The Philadelphia Phillies ended the month of April with a 15-13 record.
They have started the month of May at 0-3, being swept out in Los Angles against the Dodgers.
While there is plenty of time left in the 2023 MLB season, the Phillies have certainly been a little bit of a disappointment after their exciting run to the World Series last season.
ESPN’s David Schoenfield, agrees that the team has been good, but not great, giving them a passing grade in after April with a C.
It was pretty ugly the first two-plus weeks when the team started 5-10, but then came the White Sox, Rockies and Mariners, and the Phillies temporarily turned it around to look respectable. Yes, they added Trea Turner, but Turner has unfortunately left his power stroke back in the World Baseball Classic -- he has just two home runs and a .260/.300/.374 batting line. So much for my MVP pick. Without Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins, the surprising output from Brandon Marsh and Bryson Stott has kept the offense afloat, and some of the underlying metrics suggest real improvement for both. But the Phillies need to get the rotation going -- although Matt Strahm has been a pleasant surprise.
Overall, it's hard to get a read here between stars underperforming and nonstars overperforming, but Harper could return Tuesday against the Dodgers after taking batting practice over the weekend in Houston. That could be the big lift the Phillies need.
Its been a tough team to get a read on, with some injury issues to open the season.
The team lost Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins, Ranger Suarez, Andrew Painter and Christopher Sanchez before the season started. Hoskins replacement, Darick Hall, went down, leaving the team scrambling at first base.
Hopefully with the return of Harper to the lineup, the Phillies can star to get some more consistent nights from their offense, but are going to need better pitching, they currently have the highest team ERA in the National League (5.13) entering the weekend.
What grade would you give the Phillies for April?