1978 Philadelphia Phillies: Division champions
After never making back-to-back appearances in the postseason before, the Phillies decided to extend their streak to three years, when they won the NL East again in 1978. This time, the squad only needed 90 wins to clinch the division.
Mike Schmidt also extended his Gold Glove streak to three, but had a down year offensively, only playing 145 games and breaking his streak of 30-homer seasons by only hitting 21.
While Schmidt struggled, Larry Bowa soared; he led the team in games played, at-bats, hits, average, home runs, and RBI.
Unfortunately, history also repeated itself in the form of loss, as the Phils again dropped the NLCS three games to one to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Phillies struggled offensively, though future Hall of Famer Steve Carlton kept their hopes alive by hitting a home run and getting the win in Game 3.
The best thing to come from the 1978 season was the Phillie Phanatic, who made his debut on April 25.