After a brutal beginning to their 2022 season, the Philadelphia Phillies' potential is starting to become unlocked. They have won 14 of their last 16 games, which featured a nine-game winning streak. The typical sluggers like Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins are leading the way and have gotten huge moments from the likes of Garrett Stubbs and Bryson Stott.
Even as other key bats like Nick Castellanos struggle to keep up, the Phillies have looked very promising over the last few weeks. They have won on walk-off home runs and mounted late comebacks to win games. Previously in the season, they were the teams that allowed opponents to do that.
According to Matt Gelb of The Athletic, Hoskins said that the Phillies are finding ways to win games, which is what separates the good teams from the bad.
“We’re finding ways to win games that we’re probably not supposed to,” Rhys Hoskins said. “And that’s what good teams do.”
The vibes in the clubhouse have done a complete 180 since Rob Thomson took over as the interim manager. Castellanos isn't sure if that is translating directly into wins but is noticing that the positive effects are real.
“All I know is that guys are in good moods in the clubhouse. You know, we’re playing loose. We’re happy. Now if that translates to wins, I don’t know.”
Although the Phillies have some work to do at the trade deadline, they no longer look dead in the water. Making the playoffs will be a challenge but they haven't looked more ready to do so in a long time.