2015 Recap: Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia Phillies (63-99, 5th place in NL East)
Rebuild mode is in full force as the Phillies had their highest loss total in a season since 1969. This franchise still has the most wins in a season in the last five years with 102 in 2011. They traded lifelong Phillies Cole Hamels and Chase Utley. The only players remaining from the 2008 championship team are Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz. It could be a while before the Phillies are relevant again.
CF Odubel Herrera: G 147, AB 495, BA .297
SP Cole Hamels: GS 20, IP 128.2, ERA 3.64
OF Ben Revere: G 96, AB 366, BA .298
RP Ken Giles: G 69, IP 70.0, ERA 1.80
SP Aaron Nola GS 13, IP 77.2, W-L 6-2
Biggest need: First baseman
Howard showed flashes of who he used to be and did hit 23 home runs and drive in 77 runs in 129 games, but he is 35 years old and he’s due to be a free agent in 2017. His abilities at first base are limited and he would be an ideal designated hitter in the American League. When Howard didn’t play, they used Darin Ruf who also played left field. Ruf did hit 12 home runs in 106 games.