May 23, 2019
Since last checking in on where the Phillies stand in the various national power rankings, the local ball club has gone just 4-4. After dropping the last two games of their series vs. the Brewers, the Phillies (28-21) went on to sweep the Rockies and then dropped two of their first three games against the Cubs in Chicago.
After an extra-inning win on Monday night, the Phillies bullpen cost them in Tuesday night's 3-2 loss at Wrigley. On Wednesday night, the Phils got the better of former ace Cole Hamels but it still wasn't enough as they ultimately fell, 8-4 to the Cubs.
Still, the Phillies are hanging around in the power rankings — and remain 2.5 games up in the NL East despite playing just .500 ball over their last 10 games — as we inch toward the calendar flipping over to June. Let's take a look at where they currently stand...
|WHAT THEY'RE SAYING...|
|7 (+1)||The Phillies earned a big three-game sweep of the Rockies this past weekend at Citizens Bank Park and then rallied for a 5-4 extra-innings win over the Cubs on Monday night at Wrigley Field... [The NL East] was supposed to be a four-team race, but with the Mets cratering and the Nationals continuing to flounder, the Phillies might only have to fend off the Braves...|
|7 (--)||It's easy to forget just how solid second baseman Cesar Hernandez is.|
|8 (+1)||Bryce Harper has two homers and six RBIs in his last three games, which could be a sign the Phillies superstar is heating up. His early results have been lackluster, so it says a lot about the talent the Phillies have that they’re leading their division with 27 wins.|
|7 (-1)||Something to watch: Only the White Sox have played an easier schedule than the Phillies. This week they visit the Cubs and Brewers before hosting the Cardinals and then heading to road series against the Dodgers and Padres.|
|10 (+1)||More tests are coming for Philadelphia's lineup and rotation over the next several weeks with road series against the Cubs, Brewers and Dodgers, three likely playoff teams. Right-handers Jake Arrieta and Zach Eflin should start four of the team's seven games this week, each coming off rough outings against the Brewers at home. Nick Pivetta and perhaps Dallas Keuchel remain just a phone call away.|
[NOTE: Some of these rankings may have come out a day or two ago, and may not be taking the most recent game(s) into account.]