8: An Above .500 season
Finally, the partridge in the pear tree. The Phillies have not been above .500 since 2011 and have shown little to no promise of achieving that goal since. Now it looks like they are one starting pitcher away. With Darvish seemingly headed to the Chicago Cubs it seems like Arrieta is the lone superstar pitcher remaining in free agency. If the Phillies could land him, they could be a Wild Card contender.
Hopefully the Phillies made the nice list this year. I don’t recall any brawls so I think they are in good shape. Perhaps Santa could throw a couple bones to a franchise and city in a desperate need of luck.