Phillies Finish Worst Season Since 1972
The Phillies avoided ignominy in Sunday’s season finale, beating the Miami Marlins 7-2 to finish with only 99 losses. It’s their worst record since the 1972 Phillies went 59-97. They would have been the first Phillies team to lose 100 games in a season since the 1961 squad, which finished 47-107. The Phillies’ .389 winning percentage is 25th worst in team history, which dates back to 1883.
It seemed impossible during the season, but the Phillies finished with a run differential better than -200, at -183. It’s still the 19th-worst mark in team history and their worst since ’61 (-212).
Last night, the Phillies dropped both ends of a doubleheader to the Marlins while the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, clinching for them the first overall pick in the 2016 draft as well as roughly $3.5 million in extra slot money. The Phillies will be adding an elite college or high school player to a minor league system already brimming in talent.
2015 was the fourth tough season in a row for the Phillies, but there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. Next season, we can look forward to the progression of Maikel Franco, Odubel Herrera, Aaron Altherr, Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, and Ken Giles, among many others. J.P. Crawford may also make his major league debut along with Nick Williams and Jake Thompson.
On behalf of all of us here at Crashburn Alley, thank you for stopping by throughout the year. Don’t delete us from your bookmarks yet, though, as we’re ready to cover what should be a busy off-season for the Phillies, and we’ll be doing our usual report card series starting on Tuesday and continuing into November.