6 – 1993 (97 – 65, NL Champions, Lost World Series)
This team, comprised of many throwback players, was predicted last by many major publications. They pounded the ball, finishing first or second in nine major offensive categories. Pete Incaviglia lead with 26 home runs, while Darren Daulton added 24 and Lenny Dykstra with 19. Dykstra also hit .305 with 37 stolen bases. Jim Eisenreich also surpassed the .300 mark, hitting .318, while John Kruk hit .315 with 14 home runs. Curt Schilling and Tommy Greene lead the staff with 16 wins each. The bullpen of Larry Andersen, David West and closer Mitch Williams posted an ERA near 3.00, with Williams adding 43 saves. After winning the NL Championship over the favorite Atlanta Braves, the Phillies fell in six to the Toronto Blue Jays in the World Series.
5 – 2011 (102 – 60, NL East Champions, Lost NLDS)
While this team posted the best record in franchise history, they fail to reach the top of this list for two main reasons. They fell quite a bit short of winning the World Series and struggled offensively. The team was just seventh in the NL in runs scored and ninth in batting average. Ryan Howard had 33 home runs and 116 RBI. Shane Victorino had 17 home runs, 16 triples and 19 stolen bases and Jimmy Rollins had 30 stolen bases but the rest of the team underperformed offensively. The rotation was the best in team history. Roy Halladay won 19, Cliff Lee won 17 and Cole Hamels won 14. Halladay and Lee surpassed 200 strikeouts, while Hamels fell just six short. The staff was first in ERA, with the top ten pitchers on the staff all with ERAs under four.