Phillies: Five things we learned from the Rockies series

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May 25, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph (19) has ice dumped on him by catcher Cameron Rupp (29) and third baseman Andres Blanco (4) after hitting a walk off RBI single during the eleventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
May 25, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph (19) has ice dumped on him by catcher Cameron Rupp (29) and third baseman Andres Blanco (4) after hitting a walk off RBI single during the eleventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 22, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Alexi Amarista (2) and third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) and second baseman DJ LeMahieu (9) and first baseman Mark Reynolds (12) talk during an officials review during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Rockies defeated the Phillies 8-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /

The Phillies are a long way with competing from the best

The Rockies came into Philadelphia as the National League’s best team with a 28-17 record. Meanwhile, the Phillies were 15-26 with the third-worst record in the NL. They were already losers of seven straight series and 17 of their previous 21 games.

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With the series now over, it is easy to see the differences between these two teams. The Rockies scored eight runs in the first two games and seven in the third. Stronger pitching held them to one run on Thursday, but the difference in talent was clear.

The Rockies outscored the Phillies by 17 runs during the series. Philadelphia’s hitters went quiet while the Rockies went on the offensive.

Colorado got strong starts from rookies German Marquez and Jeff Hoffman while Jerad Eickhoff and Zach Eflin struggled in their respective outings.

Seeing the Rockies go from the cellar of the NL West to the top is great for them, but watching them utterly dominate the Phillies shows just how far the latter is from actually competing again in the National League.

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