The worst month in the history of baseball has finally ended for the Phillies, but it gets no easier in June.
Six wins in May have dropped the Phillies into the basement of baseball, but can they pull themselves out in the month of June? Early projections say it’s unlikely, especially with some major road trips coming up.
Seven different teams come across the schedule in June, but several series are essentially home and home sets. From June 9-26 they’ll only play three separate teams: St. Louis, Boston, and Arizona.
Four teams they face in June are currently at or below the .500 mark in the standings.
The month opens with a visit from the San Francisco Giants, who’ve gone from World Championship contender to a team struggling to put a lineup card in every night. Ace Madison Bumgarner suffered an injury while riding a dirt bike, and former Phillie Hunter Pence is out with a hamstring injury.
After the weekend series at home, the Phillies begin an extended road trip that takes them to the Atlanta Braves new stadium for the first time. After four games versus the Braves it’s on to St. Louis then Boston for just two games. That’ll take the Phils through June 13th, where they’ll hopefully have more wins than they did in the entire month of May.
Boston will be a true home and home series, with the Red Sox coming to Philadelphia June 14th and 15th.
The Arizona Diamondbacks then arrive for three games the following night, followed by another series against the Cardinals.
A Groundhogs Day-esque month continues with a road trip to Arizona on June 23, followed by two games against former Phillie Carlos Ruiz in Seattle.
June concludes with a series opener in New York against the Mets, whom Philadelphia has lost four of six games against this season.
Prolonged road trips can be tough on a young team trying to find its way around the league. With two on the docket that carries the Phillies across the country for 16 games out of their own beds, it could be another long month for the Fightins.