The character-defining stretch of the season for the Phillies has ended. Despite a walk-off home run from Maikel Franco on Sunday, they have amassed a 10-15 record in their time of 25 straight games versus opponents within the NL East.
They are 6-1 against the Mets. That’s how poorly they’ve played over the last month. This raises two questions: Who is to blame? And, Where does the team go from here?
The blame question is a hard one to analyze because as fans, we may have been misled from the beginning about the actual talent level of this team.