Outlook Moving Forward
Despite finishing the season with five fewer wins, the 2017 Phillies showed many things to be optimistic about.
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The team showed improvement in the pitching stats, as well as their total offensive numbers. If all goes to plan, these should improve as the younger players get more experience in the big leagues.
Another positive is shown on their record; however, to fully understand this season, one must look deeper into the number.
While the team had less wins, a major reason why was a terrible first half.
Once Alfaro, Williams, Hoskins, and Crawford came up in the second half, the team was completely different and competitive on any given night.
The team’s record for the first half of the season was 29-58. After the All-Star break, the team would go 37-38.
Given the significant improvements in the second half, mixed with the overall improvements about batting and pitching stats, the outlook for the Phillies in 2018 looks promising, as the team tries to continue to improve, on year at a time.