Phillies: Five worst teams over the last 50 seasons
2 – 2000 (65 – 97, 30 games behind)
Although Terry Francona had a great deal of managerial success with the Red Sox and Indians after his time in Philadelphia, it was not the case with the Phillies. After a 68-win season in 1997 under Francona, the Phillies improved to 77 wins by 1999 and hoped to see the positive side of the .500 mark in 2000.
The Phillies dropped their first three and four of their first five to start the season. After a 7-17 April, the Phillies were already 11 games out in the division. By the end of May, the team was in a 17-game hole in the NL East.
June saw the Phillies have their first and only winning month of the season, going 15-11. A five-game winning streak in July and the Phillies put together a respectable 28-25 record during the middle months of the season. However, the Phillies went just 19-39 the rest of the way, including an eight-game losing streak, the longest of the season.
Offensively, the Phils were last in the NL in runs scored and home runs, and next to last in batting average. The Phillies had a couple legitimate offensive threats in Scott Rolen (26 home runs, 89 RBI, .298 average) and Bobby Abreu (25 home runs, 79 RBI, .316 average). Ron Gant added 20 home runs with just 38 RBI and 23-year old Pat Burrell showed promise with 18 home runs.
On the mound, the club had a 4.77 ERA, 11th in the NL. Randy Wolf had the most wins on the staff with 11, but struggled to a 4.36 ERA. No starter besides Wolf appeared in over 30 games and 12 different pitchers made at least one start. The bullpen was the real issue, starting with closer Jeff Brantley. He saved 23 but had a very high ERA of 5.86. Of the top eight relievers in terms of innings, none had an ERA below four.