2014 Philadelphia Phillies season

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2014 Philadelphia Phillies
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Location
Other information
Owner(s) Bill Giles
David Montgomery
General manager(s) Rubén Amaro, Jr.
Manager(s) Ryne Sandberg
Local television Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Comcast Network Philadelphia
NBC Philadelphia
(Tom McCarthy, Jamie Moyer, Matt Stairs, Mike Schmidt, Gregg Murphy)
Local radio Phillies Radio Network
WPHT 1210 AM & WIP 94.1 FM (English)
(Scott Franzke, Larry Andersen, Jim Jackson)
WTTM (Spanish)
(Danny Martinez, Bill Kulik, Rickie Ricardo)
Stats ESPN.com
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The Philadelphia Phillies' 2014 season was the 132nd season in the history of the franchise. After a disappointing 2013 season, the Phillies entered the offseason with a strategy to "reload" rather than "rebuild", insofar as they did not want to relinquish the opportunity to be competitive in 2014 in hopes of being competitive down the road. Among their key acquisitions were right fielder Marlon Byrd and starting pitcher A.J. Burnett, acquisitions commensurate with their aforementioned strategy. The Phillies also entered the season with new coaches, as Ryne Sandberg entered his first season as manager after having taken over on an interim basis in August 2013, and new broadcasters, with Jamie Moyer and Matt Stairs – two members of the 2008 World Series winning squad – replacing Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews as analysts on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.

After offseason headlines including a tenuous relationship between Sandberg and shortstop Jimmy Rollins as well as a controversy regarding draft picks who did not sign with the team, the season began auspiciously with a win on Opening Day, but continued with a loss in the next two games. The month of April continued in that fashion, and the Phillies posted a .500 record over their first 26 games, exceeding expectations such that one commentator called them "pleasantly mediocre", notwithstanding a horrific performance from the bullpen.[1] May was a frustrating month for the Phillies, insofar as despite the fact that they failed to win games they were in a position to win, and ultimately posted an 11–16 record, and a .230 team batting average, worst in the National League (NL). June went just as poorly for the Phillies, as they recorded 12 wins and 17 losses; however, the bullpen did improve, and was among the best in the NL. The 2014 Major League Baseball Draft also occurred in June, and the Phillies selected Aaron Nola with their first-round pick, which aroused optimism from fans and the media. The Phillies entered July at the bottom of the National League East Division, but did amass a five-game winning streak shortly before the all-star break, which moved them to within nine games of a .500 record, but they lost the final two, and were 42–53 as of the game.

As the trading deadline approached, there was much speculation that the Phillies would relinquish some older players for younger ones, but ultimately, they made only two deals, neither of which involved key components to the team. In August, the team experienced their best month of the season on the field, posting a win-loss record of 14–13 largely thanks to strong pitching, and average hitting. The Phillies began September with four pitchers throwing a combined no-hitter, but the month deteriorated from there, and the squad went 11–15, and thus finished the season with a 73–89 record. Entering the offseason, the team had much work to do in order to ameliorate, and significant personnel changes both on the field and in the front office were expected.

Preceding offseason[edit]

Player transactions[edit]

The Phillies entered the offseason with a strategy of "reloading not rebuilding" – Matt Gelb of The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, "Bold best describes what Rubén Amaro Jr. has done so far in putting together the 2014 Phillies and it sure is appropriate that the word ends with the letters O-L-D."[2] Among their desires were to either re-sign Carlos Ruiz or find another catcher, sign a right-handed hitting corner outfielder, and a middle-of-the-rotation starter to supplant Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee after the departure of Roy Halladay and the "mystery" surrounding Miguel Alfredo González, whom the Phillies had signed from Cuba the preceding summer.[3]

Players becoming free agents[edit]

Acquisitions[edit]

A visual aid depicting the Phillies' 2013–14 offseason transactions.

The Phillies first acquisition of the offseason occurred on November 11, 2013 when they signed Shawn Camp, a right-handed middle reliever coming off an "awful" season with the Chicago Cubs, to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.[15] The next day, they signed the right-handed hitting corner outfielder for whom they had been looking, Marlon Byrd, who previously was a member of the team from his debut in 2002 until 2005, to a 2-year deal worth US$16,000,000.[16] Soon after the agreement was announced, Phillies' general manager (GM) Rubén Amaro, Jr. drew significant criticism from analysts such as Keith Law for overpaying Byrd, whose 2013 season, he asserted, was a "fluke" and an "outlier".[17] Towards the end of that same week, the Phillies signed two players to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training – outfielder Clete Thomas, who led the Minnesota Twins in games played among outfielders in their 2013 season despite posting just a .214 batting average,[18] and Cesar Jimenez, a lefty specialist who pitched 17 innings with the Phillies in 2013.[6] The next week, they signed infielder Reid Brignac, previously a well-regarded prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, but who had struggled in the major leagues, to a minor league contract with a spring training invitation.[19] Shortly thereafter, the Phillies addressed their need at catcher, re-signing Carlos Ruiz to a 3-year contract with an option for a fourth year worth a total of US$26,000,000.[20] Like the Byrd deal, Amaro drew criticism for the terms of the contract, particularly the fact that he signed a 35-year old catcher to a 3-year deal. Cliff Corcoran, a writer for SI.com, noted that "while Ruiz may have been an underrated player in the past, heading into his age-35 season, he doesn’t have far to fall before he’s little more than a replacement-level catcher."[21]

The Phillies did not make another acquisition until December, when, on December 2, they signed Jeff Manship, a right-handed pitcher who had worked both as a starter and reliever, albeit neither especially effectively (since 2011, he had compiled an 0–5 record with a 7.44 earned run average (ERA)), to a minor league contract with a spring training invitation.[22] The next day, they executed their first and only trade of the offseason, sending 2013 backup catcher Erik Kratz and minor league relief pitcher Rob Rasmussen to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Brad Lincoln, a veteran right-handed relief pitcher whom the Phillies hoped would improve their bullpen's depth and leadership.[23] Evidently not trusting that any of their minor league catching prospects (i.e. Cameron Rupp, Tommy Joseph, and Sebastian Valle) were ready for the major leagues, they subsequently signed Wil Nieves, a "strong defensive catcher", to a 1-year contract worth US$1,125,000 to serve as the backup catcher.[22][24] On December 12, they selected Kevin Munson, a right-handed pitcher from the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, in the Rule 5 Draft; if he does not stay on their 40-man roster, however, they must offer him back to Arizona.[25] They also brought back Lou Marson, who once was one of the Phillies' top prospects at catcher and whom they sent to the Cleveland Indians with a package of players in exchange for Cliff Lee but who "languished" in Cleveland, on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The same day as they signed Marson (December 18), they signed four other players to minor league deals with invitations to spring training – right-handed relief pitchers Sean O'Sullivan and Chris Bootcheck, and outfielders Dave Sappelt and Tony Gwynn, Jr. – and right-handed starting pitcher Roberto Hernández (formerly known as Fausto Carmona) to a 1-year deal worth US$4,500,000.[26]

It was nearly a month until the Phillies made another signing; on January 13, 2014, they signed journeyman infielder Ronny Cedeño to a minor league contract with a spring training invitation.[27] Just over a week later, they signed Chad Gaudin, a right-handed pitcher with experience as both a starter and reliever who posted a 5–2 record with a 3.06 ERA with the San Diego Padres in 2013 before carpal tunnel ended his season in August, to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.[28] However, on February 13, 2014, the Phillies released him when he failed a physical.[29] They reunited with another former player when, on January 21, they signed Bobby Abreu, who had not played in MLB since 2012 but had performed well in the Venezuelan Winter League, to a minor league deal with a spring training invitation; he was a member of the Phillies from 1998 until 2006.[30] On February 12, the same day as Cole Hamels announced he would not be ready for opening day due to tendinitis in his throwing shoulder,[31] reports surfaced that the Phillies had signed A. J. Burnett to a 1-year, US$16,000,000 contract,[32] despite the fact that Amaro previously indicated that the Phillies would not make any additional major acquisitions.[33] Later, however, it was clarified that Burnett's salary was to be US$15,000,000, with a US$1,000,000 buyout clause at the conclusion of the season, should the Phillies not decide to exercise their option – his deal also included a partial no-trade clause.[34] To make room for him on the roster, the Phillies designated former first-round draft pick Joe Savery for assignment, and he was later claimed off waivers by the Oakland Athletics.[35] Shortly before opening day, the Phillies acquired infielder Jayson Nix from the Tampa Bay Rays; he is the younger brother of Laynce Nix, whom the Phillies acquired to fill out their bench a few seasons ago.[36]

Coaching changes[edit]

In Ryne Sandberg's first full season as manager (he replaced Charlie Manuel towards the end of the Phillies' 2013 season), he reconfigured the Phillies' staff. Among his first acquisitions were a long-time friend Larry Bowa, who previously managed the Phillies from 2001–2004, as bench coach, and Pete Mackanin, who was previously the Phillies' bench coach, as third base coach.[37] At the same time that the Phillies announced those hirings, they announced the retention of Steve Henderson as hitting coach.[38] A week later, they announced Juan Samuel would return to the staff, although would be the first base coach rather than third base coach as he previously had been, and that Wally Joyner would return for a second season as assistant hitting coach.[39] About a month later, however, the Phillies announced that the Detroit Tigers hired Joyner as their hitting coach, and as such, he would not return after all.[40] The vacancy that took the longest to fill was that of pitching coach, which Rich Dubee vacated at the end of the 2013 season; on November 21, 2013, the Phillies announced that they had hired Bob McClure, and retained Rod Nichols, who was a candidate to be pitching coach,[41] as bullpen coach and Jesús Tiamo as bullpen catcher.[42] Sandberg completed his staff a week before Christmas by promoting John Mizerock, who was a minor league assistant, to assistant hitting coach.[43]

Broadcasting/TV changes[edit]

On January 2, 2014, the Phillies and Comcast Sportsnet announced a new TV contract worth US$2,500,000,000 over 25 years, thus averaging US$100,000,000 per year (though the deal was structured to start below that value annually and exceed that value towards the end of the contract).[44] Soon after the agreement was reached, Comcast, who, under the terms of the deal, would now hire and employ announcers, dismissed Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews, the former of whom had been a team broadcaster for 37 years, and the latter of whom had been a team broadcaster for 7 years. Remaining Phillies announcers were disappointed with the decision; however, they all would return for the season. The plan to replace the departed pair was to hire one replacement as analyst, and early candidates included Ricky Bottalico, Mitch Williams, John Kruk, Chris Coste, Jamie Moyer, Brad Lidge, and Matt Stairs.[45] Lidge and Kruk were among the first to be contacted, but both declined, and subsequently, the name of Mickey Morandini surfaced,[46] however quickly dissipated upon news that both Stairs and Moyer each had performed well in their interviews, and that both emerged as favorites, with the Phillies perhaps even deviating from their initial plan and hiring both.[47] On February 11, Comcast SportsNet announced they had done just that, hiring both Moyer and Stairs to join Tom McCarthy and Gregg Murphy on the Phillies' TV broadcast team.[48] Later, Comcast announced that both Moyer and Stairs would call over 100 games apiece, including 30 games that would include both of them along with McCarthy.[49] After the Phillies' first spring training game, it was announced that Mike Schmidt would also join the broadcast team for Sunday afternoon games.[50]

Early in the season, the new Phillies' broadcast team "struggled"; one writer characterized Moyer as boring and monotone, and Stairs as inarticulate and as possessing a propensity to mumble. Consequently, McCarthy was forced to "carry the broadcast" by incessantly talking, which led to an unpleasant viewing experience.[51] By half-way through the season, most agreed the broadcast team had improved, but one writer criticized Moyer for providing "esoteric" commentary, and Stairs for poor enunciation. However, some argued that Phillies fans judged the new announcers unfairly and based on past high standards set by Hall of Fame announcer Harry Kalas and his partner Richie Ashburn.[52] Awful Announcing called the broadcast team one of the most improved in the major leagues, so when Moyer announced he would not return in 2015 in order to spend more time with family, they characterized it as a shame.[53]

Unsigned draft picks controversy[edit]

On February 20, 2014, Baseball America reported that the Phillies submitted the names of two of their selections from the 2013 MLB Draft who did not sign, Ben Wetzler and Jason Monda, to the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) for violating the NCAA's "no-agent rule", which states that student-athletes may not employ agents to negotiate contracts at the professional level if they return to school, after they did not sign with the team.[54] Players, however, frequently circumvent that rule by instead hiring "advisors" who essentially function as agents, but do not violate the "patently ridiculous" rule.[55] Subsequently, the NCAA suspended Wetzler for 11 games for violating the rule.[56] The Phillies were widely criticized for doing so; CBSSports.com writer Dayn Perry wrote,

"The question remains: What's the upside for the Phillies here? The practice of using agents in something less than a sanctioned manner will continue, and if anything they've made a number of advisors and college programs less likely to cooperate with them in the future. This is a pretty pitiful organization top to bottom these days, and now that indictment absolutely extends to the amateur scouting department. Bad show, Phillies."

—Dayn Perry, CBSSports.com, February 22, 2014

David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News also questioned whether the Phillies sought to "sandbag" Wetzler.[57] ESPN's Buster Olney asserted that long-term, it would hurt the Phillies that they reported Wetzler and Monda, writing, "As time passes and the Phillies’ silence continues, the impression hardens within the industry—particularly among agents and college coaches—that the team acted out of vindictiveness, because neither Wetzler nor Monda accepted their offer." He went on to call the Phillies' decision "breathtakingly abhorrent", and that the debacle will "tarnish the reputation of a respected organization".[58] Conversely, Amaro did not think that there would be any retribution from agents or players, commenting, "No, I'm not" after he was asked if he was worried the fact the Phillies reported Wetzler would hinder the organization's ability to "glean accurate and detailed information about a player’s willingness to go pro, or even gain access to said players".[59]

Jimmy Rollins and Ryne Sandberg[edit]

Lack of continuity or rapport between veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins and manager Ryne Sandberg also manifested itself and drew considerable attention in the offseason, even to the point that ESPN's Buster Olney wrote there was a sentiment within the Phillies organization that Rollins should be traded away.[60] Amaro and Rollins dispelled the rumors, with Amaro calling them "absolute silliness".[61] At one point, Sandberg praised the attitude of backup shortstop Freddy Galvis, which many in the media saw as a quiet way of Sandberg sending a message to the team that no one, namely Rollins, is above the rules.[62] The relationship between Sandberg and Rollins garnered media attention which led to notions of his possible departure via trade,[60] as well as one column examining at what point Rollins ceased to be the team's unquestioned leader.[63] Rollins, who had a strong rapport with former manager Charlie Manuel, commented, "He's (Sandberg's) completely different from Charlie from the very onset. Their personalities. He's pretty much a real quiet guy, he really is. Charlie was a get-in-your face with jokes type of guy. We're still learning him, he's still learning us from this side of it. Being a coach and being a manager are completely different things – you deal with so much more being a manager."[64]

Season notes[edit]

Spring training[edit]

Just three games into spring training, the Phillies' starting rotation already had significant health concerns, predominantly with throwing shoulders – Cole Hamels had discomfort in his left shoulder, and Jon Pettibone and Ethan Martin had discomfort in their right shoulders. The Phillies hoped to avoid having to utilize a "patchwork" rotation again like they had to in 2013, but already lacked depth in their starting rotation.[65] Moreover, they had already lost two of their top pitching prospects – Adam Morgan and Shane Watson – for a majority of the season due to shoulder surgery.[66] Mike Adams, whom the Phillies originally acquired to be their setup man but missed the majority of the 2013 season and underwent surgery at the end of the season, threw a bullpen session in late-February, and subsequently commented that he felt "real good", and hoped to join the bullpen by April.[67] David Buchanan started the Phillies' fourth spring training game, and pitched two efficient innings;[68] after the game, Todd Zolecki, the Phillies' beat reporter for MLB.com, asserted that Buchanan could be a potential darkhorse candidate to pitch in the Phillies' rotation if depleted by injuries.[69] Gonzalez also pitched in that game, but was less effective than Buchanan.[70] Early in March, the Phillies announced that Hamels suffered a "setback" with his recovery due to arm fatigue, and the likelihood that he would pitch in April was "remote".[71] The injury meant that the Phillies needed a new fifth starter, and the top candidates were Buchanan, whose strong performance continued into his next several outings, and Jeff Manship, both of whom possessed earned run averages (ERA) at or below 1.50 through March 11.[72]

On Saturday, March 8, the Phillies made their first demotion to minor league camp, demoting seven players, including two – Michael Stutes and Luis Garcia – with major league experience, as well as their top pitching prospect Jesse Biddle.[73] On March 17, 2014, Phillies manager confirmed speculation that Cliff Lee would be the Phillies' opening day starting pitcher, and would make the start against his former team, the Texas Rangers; he would be opposed by Yu Darvish.[74][75] Ultimately, the Phillies returned Rule V Draft selection Kevin Munson to the Arizona Diamondbacks.[76]

Concerns arose that there was Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the Phillies' spring training clubhouse at Bright House Field when, on March 21, Freddy Galvis was placed on the disabled list (DL) with a staph infection. He subsequently was hospitalized, and missed opening day.[77] As a precaution, the Phillies disinfected their clubhouse following the subsequent game. Unrelated to possible MRSA, Darin Ruf also went to the DL with an oblique strain suffered during batting practice that same day.[78] On March 22, the Phillies demoted Maikel Franco to minor league camp, thus anointing Cody Asche the opening day starter at third base.[79] Though at one point he was expected to make the club, the Phillies outrighted Kevin Frandsen off their 40-man roster as part of their roster trimming, which furthered a possibility that "darkhorse candidate" César Hernández might make the team.[80] Ultimately, Frandsen elected to reject his minor league assignment, instead electing to pursue free agency;[81] the Phillies also released Ronny Cedeño, which was surprising, as he was seen as a top internal candidate to replace Galvis during his injury.[82] The Phillies' bench options narrowed further when they announced Bobby Abreu would not make the team, predominantly due to his lackluster defense, leaving Tony Gwynn, Jr., John Mayberry, Jr., Reid Brignac, Wil Nieves, and Hernandez as likelihoods to make the roster.[83] Subsequently, they acquired Jayson Nix from the Tampa Bay Rays, and Brignac was assigned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.[36][84] The Phillies ultimately began the season with six players on the DL: Galvis, Ruf, Mike Adams, Miguel Alfredo González, Cole Hamels, and Ethan Martin.[85]

Opening day roster[edit]

After running near the deadline, the Phillies announced their opening day roster on March 29. As they did not need a fifth starter for two weeks, only four starters, as well as eight relievers, two catchers, six infielders, and five outfielders comprised the roster.[86] Two players who did not necessarily expect to make the roster entering spring training were left-handed reliever Mario Hollands, who commented that he was in "shock" when he heard the news, and outfielder Tony Gwynn, Jr., whose placement on the big league roster culminated a "long road back to the majors".[87][88]

2014 Philadelphia Phillies opening day roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders
Opening Day Starters
Name Position
Ben Revere CF
Jimmy Rollins SS
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Marlon Byrd RF
Domonic Brown DH
Carlos Ruiz C
Cody Asche 3B
Tony Gwynn, Jr. LF
Cliff Lee SP

March/April[edit]

Lee started on opening day for the Phillies and earned the win, despite allowing eight runs

The Phillies opened their season with a three-game series in Arlington, Texas against the Rangers.[89] On Opening Day, the Phillies took a 6–0 lead thanks in part to a grand slam from Jimmy Rollins (his 200th career home run), but Cliff Lee surrendered seven runs over the next two innings. The Phillies tied the game in the fourth inning, and over the next several innings, Marlon Byrd and Cody Asche homered, and Texas scored two more runs to make score 14–10, by which the Phillies won.[90] Despite scoring 14 runs on opening day, Ryne Sandberg changed the lineup in the Phillies' second game (against left-handed Martin Perez) by inserting three right-handed hitters and removing three left-handed hitters in an attempt to maximize the Phillies' platoon advantage.[91] A.J. Burnett started and threw six innings, relinquishing only one run; the game was scoreless until the sixth inning, but the Rangers won 3–2 on a walk-off single by Adrian Beltre in the bottom of the ninth.[92] Kyle Kendrick threw seven innings allowing one run in the final game of the series, but Papelbon gave up three runs in the ninth inning (including a walk-off walk to Shin-Soo Choo) to blow a save; the Phillies thus lost two of their first three, squandering strong starting pitching in the final two.[93][94] Next, the Phillies traveled to Chicago to play the Cubs. The Phillies won the first game of the series 7–2 backed by home runs from Utley and Mayberry, and strong pitching from starter Roberto Hernández, who got the win, and five relief pitchers, who combined to throw 423 scoreless innings.[95] The next day, Lee took the hill and threw seven scoreless innings, and Papelbon recorded his first save of the season, as the Phillies defeated the Cubs 2–0; Utley was 3–3 with a home run to lead the team offensively.[96] The Phillies lost the final game of the series 8–3, as Burnett gave up eight runs (only four earned runs, however) over 523 innings, and the Phillies went 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position (RISP).[97]

Jimmy Rollins hit a walk-off home run to power the Phillies to victory on April 12

Kendrick started the Phillies' home opener, and was ineffective; he surrendered two of Ryan Braun's three home runs during the game, ultimately earning the loss after pitching five innings, and giving up six runs (four of which were earned) – the Phillies ultimately lost 10–4.[98] The Phillies' woes continued the next day, when they lost 9–4 after the bullpen gave up five runs in the final three innings (the game was tied at 4 after the seventh inning); of the nine runs the Phillies surrendered, three were unearned runs thanks to two fielding errors by infielders.[99] The Phillies' slide continued, and they were swept after losing 6–2, the first time since 2007 that they were swept in their first home series; during the series, the Brewers scored a total of 25 runs on 38 hits, 17 of which were extra-base hits.[100]

"The good news is they are leaving town. Now we have to concentrate on gaining some momentum ..."

—Ryne Sandberg[101]

The homestand continued with a three-game set against the Miami Marlins. In the series opener, Marlins' ace José Fernández took the hill, and surrendered a career-high six runs. Meanwhile, Burnett, the Phillies' starter, labored through five innings, and left the game with an apparent groin injury (though he never missed a start), and the Phillies won 6–3.[102] Jonathan Pettibone made his season debut the next day for the Phillies, and threw five innings, allowing just one run; the game went into extra innings, and in the bottom of the 10th, Rollins hit a walk-off home run, giving the Phillies their second straight win, 5–4.[103] The Phillies finished their first series sweep of the season and returned to a .500 winning percentage (seven wins and seven losses) the subsequent day, defeating the Marlins 4–3 with help from the offense of backup catcher Wil Nieves (two RBIs), and a home run from Utley to break a late tie.[104] Subsequently, the Atlanta Braves visited Philadelphia for a four-game series. In game one, Hernandez started for the Phillies, while Ervin Santana started for the Braves.[105] After a pitcher's duel through seven innings, the Braves hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the top of the eighth, but the Phillies rallied with five runs of their own in the bottom of the inning (a two-RBI single by Byrd and a three-run home run by Domonic Brown) to give them a 6–5 lead entering the ninth. However, Papelbon was unavailable to close out the game, as he had pitched in the previous three games, and thus Jake Diekman sought to close the game for the Phillies, but allowed Dan Uggla to hit a grand slam, making the final score 9–6.[106] Jackie Robinson Day, which the Phillies and Braves were initially to celebrate on April 15, had to be postponed to the next day after the game was rained out.[107] On April 16, Lee threw nine innings and struck out 13 batters, but gave up one run, which proved to be the difference in the game, as the Phillies lost 1–0.[108] The final game of the series was scoreless until the eighth inning, when Ben Revere hit an RBI single, allowing the Phillies to take a 1–0 lead, the score by which they won after Papelbon threw a scoreless ninth inning to record the save; Burnett threw seven shutout innings for the Phillies.[109] Ultimately, the Phillies finished the homestand with four wins and five losses.[110]

On April 20, Ryan Howard came up a double away from the cycle, knocking in three runs in a Phillies win over the Colorado Rockies

The Phillies began the ensuing road trip with a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies. In game one, Pettibone surrendered eight runs in four innings, while the Phillies mustered only two hits, ultimately losing 12–1; after the game, Pettibone was demoted to the Triple-A (AAA) Lehigh Valley IronPigs.[111] Kendrick started the second game, and had a quality start, but again the Phillies managed only one run, and lost 3–1.[112] The Phillies salvaged the final game of the series, winning 10–9, a score that was in stark contrast to the series' first two games: Hernandez gave up six runs in four innings, while Ryan Howard was 4-for-5 at the plate, including a home run and a triple, as well as three RBIs. Overall, the Phillies lost three leads before finally holding on to win the game.[113] The Phillies subsequently embarked on a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Lee threw a "gem" in the first game, striking out 10 hitters in eight shutout innings. Meanwhile, Carlos Ruiz, while batting in the cleanup spot, recorded his first home run and RBIs of the season, totaling two doubles, a home run, and four RBIs to power the Phillies to a 7–0 win.[114] The Phillies also won the second game in 10 innings; Brown doubled to score Ruiz in the top of the 10th to give the Phillies a 3–2 lead that Papelbon held, recording his sixth save. Burnett had a strong outing, and the Phillies enjoyed "stress-free performances" from several relievers en route to the victory, which brought the team's winning percentage to .500.[115] The Phillies lost game three, however, which was Cole Hamels' season debut (after an injury) 5–2; Hamels recorded a quality start, but the bullpen surrendered three runs in the loss, and the offense compiled just five hits, yet 13 strikeouts.[116] Kendrick took the hill in the final game of the series, and the Phillies won 7–3 behind strong offensive efforts from Ruiz, who reached base in all five plate appearances, scoring twice and knocking in two, and Byrd, who had four RBIs.[117] In game two, the Phillies rallied from a 5–0 deficit to win 6–5; Ruiz was 3–4 with two runs and an RBI, Gwynn had a pinch-hit RBI double, Asche had a pinch-hit two-RBI double to help power the Phillies offense, all of which came in the seventh and eighth innings. Papelbon recorded his seventh save.[118] The Phillies concluded the road trip with a 2–0 victory behind a "brilliant" start from Burnett; in total, they were 6–4 on the road trip.[119] For his sterling performance on the road trip (.500 batting average), Ruiz was subsequently named the NL Player of the Week.[120]

Utley (pictured) had an outstanding month of April during which he had a .355 batting average

To conclude the month of April, the Phillies headed home for a two-game series with the New York Mets.[121] The first game's start was delayed due to rain, and ultimately it rained throughout the game, which the Mets won 6–1 after Hamels struggled on the mound; he was "truly embarrassed" at his ineffectiveness.[122] The month concluded when the Phillies announced the game originally scheduled for April 30 would be postponed due to rain, and rescheduled to June 2.[123] As such, the Phillies finished April with a 13–13 record.[1]

As of the end of the month, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez had made strides in his rehab, but still had extensive rehabilitation before he could join the team, and Darin Ruf and Ethan Martin were closer to joining the team, but the Phillies announced no projected return date for any of the trio. Another issue during the first month of the season was lack of production from third basemen – over the season's first 25 games, third basemen's combined batting average was .165, while pitchers' combined batting average was .196.[124] Neither Asche, nor Jayson Nix, nor Freddy Galvis had asserted himself as a viable option, leading some to speculate on the potential early arrival of top prospect Maikel Franco, although he was struggling at the AAA level.[125] At the end of the season's first month, the team's offensive statistical leaders were Utley (batting average – .355), Howard (home runs – five), Byrd (RBIs – 17), and Revere (stolen bases –10). The team's pitching leaders were Lee and Antonio Bastardo (wins – 3), Burnett (ERA – 2.15), Lee (innings pitched – 41), and Mario Hollands (walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) – 1.000).[1][126] The Phillies bullpen also struggled throughout April, posting the worst ERA in the National League, and having three opening day members relegated to AAA.[127] Philly.com columnist Justin Klugh called the Phillies "pleasantly mediocre", noting the fact that despite a tough schedule to open the season, they managed to eke out a .500 record.[1]

May[edit]

"This is an important series at the beginning of an important stretch for the Phillies ... If they are serious about their abilities to challenge for a postseason berth, this is the time to assert themselves as legitimate contenders. But Friday's 5-3 loss to the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park unfolded like so many other losses the past couple seasons. The Phillies took an early lead, but could not extend it. The bullpen then blew a one-run lead in spectacular fashion in the eighth inning to waste a fine starting pitching performance from Cliff Lee. The Phillies dropped to 4-7 at home, and 13-14 overall after spending the entire month of April fighting and clawing to post a winning record."

Todd Zolecki, May 3, 2014[128]

The Phillies' first game in May was on May 2, the series opener against the Washington Nationals. The Nationals won 5–3, despite a quality start from Lee. Philadelphia won game two of the series 7–2, predominantly thanks to a strong start from A.J. Burnett, who became the first Phillies starting pitcher to earn a winning decision in a home game in 2014, a home run of Cody Asche, and a 4–5 performance from Jimmy Rollins.[129] The Phillies took the rubber match of the three-game set by winning 1–0 behind a strong start from Roberto Hernandez, and a first inning run scored by Jimmy Rollins, who tripled.[128][130] Up next, the Phillies hosted the Toronto Blue Jays; Kyle Kendrick started against former Phillie J. A. Happ in the series' first game,[131] which the Phillies lost 3–0 as Kendrick's poor run support continued, losing his eighth consecutive decision (including 2013) despite a "decent" ERA.[132] The Phillies lost the next night as well, as Cole Hamels relinquished five runs in six innings; despite a grand slam from Asche to tie the game in the sixth inning, the Blue Jays came back in extra innings to win 6–5.[133] As it was a "home and home series", the next two games were held in Toronto. After surrendering nine runs in the seventh inning, they lost 10–0 the next night.[134] After the game, Shawn Camp was outrighted off the roster, and Luis Garcia was recalled.[135] The series concluded the next night, as the Blue Jays swept the Phillies by winning 12–6 thanks to five home runs.[136] Subsequently, the Phillies opened a three-game series at Citi Field against the New York Mets. Hernandez started game one, and threw five innings, allowing one run; the game went into extra innings, and Marlon Byrd notched his first hit of the day in the top of the 11th to score Chase Utley, the go-ahead run. Papelbon recorded a save in the bottom of the 11th, and the Phillies won 3–2, snapping a four-game losing streak.[137] The Phillies won another one-run game the next night, this time 5–4 after Ryan Howard hit an RBI single in the top of the ninth to put the Phillies ahead by one; once again, Papelbon recorded a save to close out the game, his 11th of the season.[138] In the final game of the series, Hamels started for the Phillies, and consistently had "an answer" for the Mets, throwing a career-high 133 pitches in seven innings, during which he allowed one run and struck out 10 hitters. Entering the ninth inning, the Phillies held a 4–1 lead, but Papelbon was unavailable, and Antonio Bastardo and Hernandez squandered the lead to send the game to extra innings; the Phillies ultimately lost 5–4 after 11 innings.[139] Overall, the two teams left a combined 78 men on base during the series, which one writer described as "ugly between two deeply flawed teams: more than 12 hours of game time, nearly 80 runners left on base combined."[140]

In May, Freddy Galvis (left) went on the disabled list, while Darin Ruf (right) returned from it

Just days after optioning him to AAA to get more consistent work, Freddy Galvis broke his clavicle, and the Phillies outrighted Jayson Nix off the 40-man roster, thus leaving them with a hole in their infield, despite having recalled Reid Brignac.[141][142] The Los Angeles Angels came to Citizens Bank Park for a two-game series from May 13–14. On May 13, the Angels won 4–3; all four runs were unearned, and occurred in the sixth inning, during which Asche committed two errors (he committed three total errors during the game) – despite allowing no earned runs, Lee was awarded the loss.[143] The Phillies dropped to four games below .500 the next night (17–21), losing 3–0 in the second game of the series after Burnett "struggled through five innings".[144] Subsequently, the Phillies opened a three game series against the Cincinnati Reds; in game one, Devin Mesoraco hit a three-run home run, and the Reds' pitching staff shutout the Phillies, winning 3–0, which gave Kendrick another loss despite a quality start.[145] After being shutout two consecutive nights, the Phillies posted 12 runs the next game, defeating Cincinnati 12–1 in Hamels' 100th career win; Domonic Brown had a home run and five RBIs, Asche had three RBIs, and Cesar Hernandez hit his first MLB home run.[146] The Phillies took the rubber match of the series as well, winning 8–3 thanks to four home runs (Rollins, Asche, Byrd, Wil Nieves) and a solid start from Lee, his last before landing on the 15-day disabled list May 21 due to a left elbow strain (the Phillies correspondingly called up Ruf, who returned from injury).[147][148] After an off-day, the Phillies headed to Miami to play the Marlins, the teams' second series of the season. The Phillies won the series' first game 6–5 with Burnett settling in after disagreements over the strike zone with home plate umpire Will Little early in the game (Marlins manager Mike Redmond was later ejected for arguing balls and strikes) and pitching five innings, while Rollins homered, and Papelbon held on in the ninth to get the save, his 12th.[149] The Phillies lost the subsequent two games – on May 21, they fell 14–5, in part due to a grand slam from Marcell Ozuna, and on May 22, they lost on a walk-off single from Christian Yelich 4–3.[150][151]

"We just can't get on a roll, you know. Can't get things going in the right direction. Big win last night, and coming in today ... guys battled back, just couldn't pull it out,"

Kyle Kendrick, after Phillies' 14-inning loss on May 31, 2014.[152]

Next, the Dodgers came to Citizens Bank Park for a three-game series. After losing game one 2–0 in a pitchers' duel between Hernandez and Clayton Kershaw during which the Phillies went 0–9 with runners in scoring position,[153] David Buchanan made his MLB debut on May 24,and the Phillies won 5–3, with Buchanan earning the win after throwing five innings, and Papelbon earning his 13th save.[154] The next day, however, Josh Beckett threw a no-hitter, and the Dodgers beat the Phillies 6–0.[155] The Phillies offense redeemed itself the next day, when, on Memorial Day, Kendrick earned his first win since August 6, 2013, and Howard had five RBIs as the Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 9–0.[156] The Phillies lost game two of the series 6–2, despite Ben Revere hitting his first major league home run; Hamels allowed four runs in seven innings, while Jeff Manship allowed two more in the eighth inning.[157]

Domonic Brown's struggles continued into May, during which he posted a .146 batting average

To close the month, the Phillies began a five-game series against the New York Mets, the first three of which were in May, and the latter two of which were Saturday. In the series' first game, Buchanan made his second MLB start, which was a quality start, but the Phillies offense managed only one run in the 4–1 loss.[158] The last two games of the month each went 14 innings; the Phillies won the first, and lost the second. In the first game, the A. J. Burnett threw seven innings and allowed five runs, while six subsequent pitchers threw a combined seven scoreless innings in relief. Ruiz had four hits, and Brown had four RBIs, and in the 14th inning, Reid Brignac hit a walk-off RBI single to left field, scoring Byrd, and propelling the Phillies to a 6–5 victory.[159] The next night, however, the Phillies were not as successful. After falling behind 4–0, Howard hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning, and in the bottom of the ninth, Brown hit an RBI single to tie the game and send it into extra innings. In the fifth extra inning, David Wright hit an RBI single to take the lead, which the Mets' bullpen held in the bottom of the ninth, thus winning 5–4.[152]

In May, the Phillies' team batting average of .230 ranked last in the National League, and they also ranked near the bottom in runs scored, home runs, and slugging percentage. Cumulatively, they ranked 10th in the NL with a .243 batting average and 12th with 43 home runs, notwithstanding ranking fourth in walks and having only the 10th most strikeouts. Despite offensive mediocrity, the pitching staff improved from April – the starting pitchers' combined ERA of 3.96 ranked sixth in the NL, and the bullpen's combined ERA of 3.35 was eighth in the NL. Nevertheless, the bullpen remained near the bottom of the NL with a 4.05 season cumulative ERA.[160] Individually, Asche had a strong month of May prior to sustaining an injury, posting a .317 batting average with three home runs and 12 RBIs, a stark juxtaposition to his poor month of April. Utley regressed from his terrific April, but still managed to post a .291 batting average with 13 RBIs. Conversely, Brown struggled mightily, posting just a .146 batting average, despite 17 RBIs, which was second on the team.[161] For the pitching staff, Kendrick led the pitching staff with 3723 innings pitched in May, Burnett had two wins, which led the staff, Hernandez posted a 1.73 ERA in four starts and two relief appearances, which was among the best on the staff.[162] At the end of May, the Phillies were 24–29, having won 11 and lost 16 during the month.[163]

June[edit]

The Phillies began the month of June with five consecutive losses; on June 6, however, Cole Hamels (pictured) continued his career success against the Reds by throwing 723 shutout innings[164]

After two consecutive extra-inning-games, the Phillies made a few roster moves prior to the fourth game of their five-game series with the Mets – they recalled Philippe Aumont and Cesar Jimenez (first time on MLB roster in 2014 for both) to replace Darin Ruf and Jeff Manship, the former of whom was demoted to Triple-A, and the latter of whom was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quadriceps.[165] The Phillies' first game in June also went into extra innings. Tied at two at the end of the regulation nine innings, Aumont surrendered two runs in the top of the 11th, while the Phillies mustered only one in the bottom of the 11th, and ergo, lost 4–3.[166] They lost the fifth game of the series as well, this time 11–2. "After five games and 57 innings of torturous baseball, the Phillies-Mets Citizens Bank Park horror show is finally over. And it did not go well," wrote John Stolnis of The Good Phight, the Phillies installment of SBNation.com.[167] The Phillies made several roster moves before their next series, demoting Aumont to the minor leagues (in two appearances, he had compiled a 21.60 ERA), and recalling Ethan Martin, who missed time early in the year due to a shoulder injury, and subsequently had pitched well at Triple-A.[168] Also, as they needed pitching depth, they signed Jason Marquis, who was coming off Tommy John surgery.[169] Prior to their next series, which was against the Nationals, Ryne Sandberg called a "serious meeting" with the players to discuss the need for a sense of urgency in their play.[170] Evidently, the meeting had a negligible effect, as the Phillies were swept in their ensuing series.[171] In game one, the Phillies were shut out for the seventh time in their preceding 27 games, losing 7–0, as Buchanan struggled in his first start on the road.[172] Burnett took the hill the next night, and struggled through six innings, allowing eight runs in a rain-delayed game that the Phillies lost 8–4.[173] When Kendrick took the hill in the series' conclusion, the Phillies jumped out to an early lead with a first-inning run, but ultimately lost 4–2, their sixth consecutive loss.[171] After the series, the Phillies called up Ronny Cedeno to the big league club to make his Phillies debut.[174]

Next, the Phillies embarked on a road trip, first to play the Cincinnati Reds. Before doing so, they placed Mike Adams on the disabled list due to inflammation in his right rotator cuff, and promoted Ken Giles, a top prospect whose fastball reaches 100 miles per hour (160 km/h).[175] They snapped their six-game losing streak when Cole Hamels through 723 shutout innings, and the Phillies' offense scored eight runs, as the Phillies won 8–0.[164] In game two of the series, the Phillies lost 6–5 after having two innings end with runners being thrown out at home on relays from the outfield, the first of which aroused controversy in relation to MLB's new rule regarding catchers blocking home plate; the play was reviewed, and Ryne Sandberg was subsequently ejected for arguing the result of the replay, his first ejection as Phillies manager.[176] The Reds won the series' final game 4–1.[177] The Phillies subsequently returned home to face the San Diego Padres, whom they swept. In game one, Burnett earned his first win in six starts, and Papelbon earned his 300th career save as the Phillies won 5–2.[178] The next night, the game was scoreless through eight and a half innings, with Hamels and Tyson Ross engaged in a pitchers' duel, until Reid Brignac hit a three-run walk-off home run.[179] Brignac had another "key hit" the next day, when the Phillies won 7–3 behind a strong outing from Kendrick.[180] The homestand continued with a series against the Cubs. The first game was a 1960s turn back the clock night, as both the Phillies and Cubs wore retro uniforms from their 1964 seasons. The Cubs won 2–1, but the game was not devoid of controversy. In a move Phillies' announcer Jamie Moyer called "horrible", home plate umpire Mark Ripperger ejected Roberto Hernandez in the sixth inning for hitting Starlin Castro without issuing a warning; subsequently, Sandberg was ejected as well for arguing with Hernandez's ejection.[181][182] In game two, Jimmy Rollins made Phillies history when he recorded his 2,235th hit, a single to right field, to surpass Mike Schmidt as the Phillies' all-time hits leader. The Phillies ultimately won 7–4, with Buchanan earning his second win of the season, and Papelbon recording his 15th save.[183] The rubber match of the series, which occurred on Father's Day, was a victory for the Cubs; Travis Wood held the Phillies to only three hits, as Chicago won 3–0.[184]

Kendrick (pictured) made a strong start against the Atlanta Braves on June 19, overcoming his previous struggles early in games

Coming off a homestand during which they won four games and lost two, the Phillies traveled to Atlanta to play the Braves. The first game of the series lasted 13 innings – in the top of the 13th, the Phillies offense finally materialized, and scored five runs. The Phillies thus won 6–1. Aaron Altherr made his MLB debut, serving as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 12th; he was called up to replace Tony Gwynn, Jr., who was placed on the bereavement list following the death of his father, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn.[185] Kendrick started for the Phillies in game two, and overcame his previous struggles in the first inning, establishing an "assertive" tone, and allowing two runs in seven innings as the Phillies defeated the Braves 5–2.[186] The Phillies ultimately swept the Braves, winning the final game of the series 10–5 in a slug fest in which Byrd totaled three RBIs and a home run.[187] Mitigating the otherwise unequivocal success of the series for the Phillies was the fact that in its final game, backup catcher Wil Nieves (who had three hits in the game) hurt his leg while running around first base after hitting a ground rule double; the Phillies called up Cameron Rupp (and demoted Altherr) to serve as the backup catcher while Nieves recovered.[188][189] The Phillies then traveled to St. Louis to face the Cardinals in a four-game series. Buchanan started for the Phillies, and had the "best performance of his young career", throwing 723 innings and allowing only one run as the Phillies won 4–1; Howard hit a home run in his homecoming (he was born in St. Louis), his 14th of the season.[190] In the game, Brignac hurt his ankle while sliding; he was placed on the DL, and Asche was activated from the DL.[191] The next day, the Phillies won once again, their ninth win in 11 games, when Burnett earned the win in a 5–1 victory.[192] The Phillies ultimately split the series, losing its final two games; Adam Wainwright and Hamels engaged in a pitchers' duel on June 21 when the Phillies lost 4–1, snapping a five game winning streak, and Kendrick surrendered four runs in one inning en route to a 5–3 loss on June 22.[193][194]

The Phillies subsequently returned home to close the month of June with four game series against the Marlins and Braves respectively. In their first game against the Marlins, the Phillies managed only six hits and scored no runs – they lost 4–0.[195] The next night, the Phillies won 7–4 as Asche and Byrd each had two RBIs, and the bullpen was solid.[196] In the series' third game, Domonic Brown failed to catch a fly ball hit into left field which allowed three runs to subsequently score, the only three runs scored by the Marlins; the Phillies mustered only two runs, and lost 3–2.[197] The final game of the series lasted 14 innings, and the Phillies ultimately won 5–3 when Chase Utley hit a walk-off home run.[198] After the game, Ruiz was placed on the disabled list due to a concussion he sustained in the 11th inning.[199] Having swept the Braves earlier in the month, the Braves returned the favor in the final series of the month for both teams. In game one, Kendrick returned to his old struggles with the first inning, allowing three runs in that inning; the Phillies lost 4–2.[200] The next day, June 28, was a day-night doubleheader for the squads. In the afternoon game, in which Hernandez started for the Phillies, two errors and six runs surrendered by the bullpen decimated the squad, which they lost 10–3.[201] In the second game of the doubleheader, the Phillies called up Sean O'Sullivan to make his season debut; he was not terribly successful, as the Phillies lost 5–1. It was the 81st game of the 162-game season, and after it the Phillies owned a 36–45 record.[202] They lost the final game of the series as well, this time 3–2.[203]

Reserve infielder Hernandez (standing on third base in the picture) was the team's leading hitter in June, compiling a .348 batting average

Statistically, during the month of June, Cesar Hernandez was the team's leading hitter, owning a .348 batting average, Byrd led the team with eight home runs and 17 RBIs, and Ben Revere led the team with eight stolen bases. Ruiz and Mayberry struggled, posting batting averages of .200 and .206 respectively while combining for just four home runs and 15 RBIs. From a pitching perspective, both Mario Hollands and Justin De Fratus did not allow an earned run the entire month (2223 combined innings pitched), while Papelbon allowed only one earned run while compiling five saves. Hamels was the team's best starting pitcher; in six starts, he posted a 1.23 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .214 batting average. Conversely, both David Buchanan and Roberto Hernandez had ERAs of over 5.00 for the month, and combined to have eight losing decisions.[204] As a team, the bullpen ranked fourth in the NL with a 2.63 ERA, and the team's starting pitching ranked 12th by posting a 3.89 ERA. The team's offense ranked 10th with a .240 batting average, eighth with 22 home runs, and 10th with 104 runs scored.[205]

MLB Draft[edit]

The 2014 MLB Draft was held from June 5 until June 7; due to their lackluster performance in 2013, the Phillies held the seventh overall pick. With it, they selected Aaron Nola, a starting pitcher from Louisiana State University, whom many thought would be one of the first players selected in the draft to reach the major league level, and would be fast-tracked through the Phillies' minor league system.[206][207] In the second round, they selected another pitcher – left-handed Matt Imhof, who played college baseball for the Cal Poly Mustangs – and in the third round, they selected Aaron Brown, an outfielder and pitcher from Pepperdine. Overall, the Phillies shifted their organizational draft philosophy from drafting players with high potential, but who were still unpolished to drafting players who would be ready to contribute to the big league club quickly; they selected only one high school player in the first 28 rounds.[208] Michael Baumann of Crashburn Alley wrote, "Given how high the Phillies drafted and how bad their farm system is at the top, I wanted them to get back into the game with one swing. This draft won’t do that, but generally you want to get at least one good major league player out of every draft class, plus some odds and ends."[209]

July[edit]

"The good thing is we didn't get swept. We were able to get a win. Hopefully it'll propel us into some more. Getting swept is a bad feeling. Then having to get on a plane after that is even worse. We have to just keep grinding away."

Tony Gwynn, Jr., July 3, 2014 after the Phillies won the final game of a three-game series against the Miami Marlins after losing the first two[210]

The Phillies entered the month of July with a 36–46 record to put them in last place of the NL East, and were set to embark on a 10-game road trip. The first series of the road trip took them to Miami to play the Marlins. The series' first game lasted 11 innings, and the Phillies ultimately lost 5–4 despite 10 strikeouts in six innings from A. J. Burnett, and back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning from Marlon Byrd and Cody Asche.[211] The next night, the Phillies were shut out for the 11th time in 84 games of the season, which manager Ryne Sandberg called "hard to believe", and lost 5–0. During the game, Mario Hollands' 18-inning scoreless streak[a] ended when he surrendered a two-run home run to Jarrod Saltalamacchia.[212] The Phillies salvaged the final game of the series when they scored two runs in the ninth inning to overcome the Marlins, winning 5–4.[210]

The Phillies called up Grady Sizemore to provide depth in the outfield on July 10

After the series with the Marlins, the Phillies traveled to PNC Park to play the Pittsburgh Pirates. The first game, which occurred on the Fourth of July with "picture-postcard holiday weather", was the 11th loss in 14 games for the Phillies, who lost 8–2 – Roberto Hernandez surrendered four runs in the first inning, and the Phillies never recovered.[213] The Phillies lost again the next night, this time 3–2; once again, the Pirates scored in the first inning, and led the entire game, fending off a late comeback attempt by the Phillies.[214] The Pirates ultimately swept the Phillies the next day when A. J. Burnett was defeated by Jeff Locke, whom he had mentored the previous season, and Russell Martin, who was Burnett's catcher the previous season; the former threw eight innings and allowed only one earned run while the latter had two RBIs to help power the Pirates to a 6–2 defeat of the Phillies.[215] After the sweep, the Phillies traveled to play the Milwaukee Brewers; entering the four-game series, the Phillies had the third-worst record in the NL, while the Brewers had the best record in the NL.[216] The Phillies eked out a 3–2 victory in the first game, riding a first inning home run from Chase Utley prior to Cole Hamels, Ken Giles, and Jonathan Papelbon shutting down the Brewers' offense.[217] The next night, the Phillies overcame a 5–1 deficit after the first inning to beat the Brewers 9–7 thanks to strong offensive performances from Utley and Domonic Brown, each of whom had three RBIs.[218] Hernandez had his best start of the season in the series' third game, allowing just one run over eight innings while throwing just 84 pitches, an anomaly considering he threw more pitches than almost every other starting pitcher in MLB.[219] The Phillies finished off a sweep of the Brewers the next afternoon. After being no-hit through six innings, the offense exploded by scoring seven runs in the eighth inning and two more in the ninth to win 9–1, giving David Buchanan a win after he threw seven innings and allowed just one run, a solo home run. It was the first time the Phillies swept a four-game series since 2011, when they downed the Cincinnati Reds in late August and early September.[220] After the game, the Phillies called up former all-star outfielder Grady Sizemore, whom they had signed to a minor league contract earlier in June, to serve as an extra bat on the team in their final series before the all-star break.[221][222]

The Phillies returned home to play the Washington Nationals in their final series before the all-star break. With Sizemore atop the Phillies' lineup for the first time, the Phillies defeated the Nationals 6–2; Burnett threw 723 innings during which he allowed only two runs, and Jimmy Rollins hit two home runs.[223] The Phillies' five-game winning streak ended on July 12 when they lost 5–3 to the Nationals in 10 innings in a game in which the Phillies struck out 15 times.[224] The Phillies ended the unofficial first half of their season[b] with another loss. They fell 10–3 to the Nationals in the rubber match of the series.[225]

Antonio Bastardo winds and delivers
Antonio Bastardo winds and delivers a pitch
Marlon Byrd takes a practice swing
Marlon Byrd takes a practice swing
Among the Phillies under consideration to be traded were Antonio Bastardo (left) and Marlon Byrd (right)

The second half of the season began on a sour note for the Phillies, falling to the Braves 6–4 with a poor start from Burnett, who allowed six runs over five innings.[226] The next night, July 19, the Phillies avenged their loss in the series opener by edging the Braves 2–1 behind a "masterful" performance from Hamels, who beat Aaron Harang in a pitchers' duel by striking out nine batters in seven innings while allowing only one run.[227] They lost the rubber match, when the Braves scored six runs in the first three innings en route to defeating the Phillies 8–2.[228] Subsequently, the Phillies returned home to face the San Francisco Giants in a four-game series. Before the series opener, the team made a plethora of roster moves, including activating Cliff Lee, Wil Nieves, and Reid Brignac from the disabled list, while designating Tony Gwynn, Jr. for assignment, optioning Cesar Hernandez to Triple-A, and outrighting Koyie Hill off the roster.[c][229] Lee started the first game of the series, and allowed six runs on 12 hits in 523 innings, which earned him the loss; despite 14 hits, the Phillies managed only four runs, and lost 7–4.[230] The next evening's game lasted 14 innings, and served as an extended showcase of Phillies' trade candidates to many teams' scouts who were in attendance – Byrd and Antonio Bastardo were among the players being evaluated. The Phillies lost 9–6 when the Giants scored four runs off of Jeff Manship in the 14th.[231] Before the second half of the series commenced, the Phillies activated Carlos Ruiz from the DL and recalled Philippe Aumont to replace Cameron Rupp and Manship; the Phillies also placed John Mayberry, Jr. on the DL and recalled Darin Ruf.[232] In the series' third game, Burnett took the hill and threw eight scoreless innings, but Papelbon surrendered three runs in the ninth inning, and the Phillies lost 3–1.[233] They salvaged the final game of the series when Hamels struck out 10 and allowed just one run over eight innings, and Byrd and Utley each knocked in one run as the Phillies won 2–1.[234] The homestand continued with a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Phillies' outfielders Sizemore, Ruf, and Brown powered the team to a 9–5 victory in the series opener, while Kendrick earned the win by pitching 523 innings while allowing three runs.[235] During the game, Sizemore recorded his 1,000th career hit.[236] The next night was Lee's final opportunity to perform for interested scouts prior to the trading deadline, and he allowed three runs over five innings; the Phillies squandered a four-run lead en route to losing the game 10–6 in 10 innings.[237] The Phillies won the series' rubber match the next day when Roberto Hernandez threw seven strong innings and Ryan Howard hit a two-run home run and scored the go-ahead run to culminate a week during which he had been benched, and then returned to the lineup.[238]

The team embarked on a road trip during which they would face two division rivals – the Mets and the Nationals. The first game of the Mets' series went unceremoniously for the Phillies, who lost 7–1 as two pitchers who were trade candidates – Bartolo Colón for the Mets and Burnett for the Phillies – squared off, with the former faring better (ultimately, neither were traded).[239][240][241] The next day, Utley hit a grand slam while Hamels continued his recent dominance as the Phillies won 6–0.[242] The Mets routed the Phillies 11–2 in the series finale.[243] The last game of the month was opener of a four-game series between the Phillies and Nationals; the Phillies won 10–4 after Lee re-injured his elbow, likely ending his season.[244]

As a team, the Phillies hit .248 in July, which ranked 11th in the National League, totaled 24 home runs, which was fourth in the NL, and scored 111 runs, which was third in the NL.[245] Cumulatively as of the end of July, the Phillies had a .243 batting average (10th in NL), had 89 home runs (eighth in NL), and had 426 runs (8th in NL).[246] Individually, among players who played the entire month, Ben Revere led the team with a .359 batting average and seven stolen bases; his July success helped him raise his overall season batting average to .301.[247] Rollins' seven home runs in July were best on the team, while Utley's 19 RBIs were the best on the squad. Sizemore was also a team leader at the plate, compiling a .328 batting average with a home run and five RBIs in 16 games. Phillies who struggled at the plate in July included Ryan Howard, who hit .165 with only two home runs and Tony Gwynn, Jr., who hit .111 prior to being released on July 31.[248][249] As a team, Phillies pitchers ranked 13th in the NL by posting a 4.62 ERA and ranked 11th by posting a 1.33 WHIP and .266 BAA respectively.[250] As of the end of July, their cumulative season ERA of 4.05 was 13th in the NL.[251] Individually, the Phillies' best starting pitchers in July were Cole Hamels, who posted a 4–1 record with a 1.94 ERA in six starts, and Roberto Hernandez, who posted a 2–1 record with a 3.76 ERA in four starts. Ken Giles led the team with an 0.66 ERA in July, Justin De Fratus led the team with 14 appearances, Hamels led the team with 4123 innings pitched, and Jonathan Papelbon led the team with a .159 BAA and 0.69 WHIP. Conversely, Mario Hollands struggled mightily in July, posting a 15.26 ERA in eight appearances, and Kyle Kendrick was 2–3 with a 6.94 ERA in six starts.[252]

Trading deadline moves and speculation[edit]

Papelbon (pictured) was among the top candidates to be traded to another team by the Phillies

As of the end of June, the Phillies possessed a record of 36–46, and were in last place of the NL East division.[205] Consequently, most commentators agreed the Phillies should be "sellers" rather than "buyers" (i.e. seek to trade away some of their better players in exchange for future prospects rather than trade away future prospects for current players) at the trading deadline.[253] However, Phillies management, including general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. and president Dave Montgomery, did not think a firesale would be good for the organization. Amaro said,

"I can’t blow this team up for five years and expect us to be (bad) for the next five or six years. I don’t think that’s the right way to go about our franchise. Our fans, our organization, I think we owe it to a lot of people, if we do have to go into a transition, it’s going to be a shorter one than that. There’s ways to do it. You have to make shrewd moves, make intelligent moves and try to continue to do that so that they drop off isn’t long term. So if we have to go a step backward for a year or two to move forward then that’s what we’ll try to do."

Ruben Amaro, Jr., Phillies general manager in a July 1, 2014 interview with The Philadelphia Daily News[254]

Among the top candidates to be traded from the team were closer Jonathan Papelbon and Marlon Byrd due to other teams' needs and the fact that neither had no-trade clauses.[255][256] Papelbon noted that it is "mind-boggling" to him that some players would prefer to stay on a losing team, and that he would thus be willing to be traded.[257] An article in USA Today commented,

"Amaro has been reluctant to break up a team that won five straight NL East titles from 2007-11, captured two pennants and won a World Series. But it's clear this overpriced group isn't going anywhere. The Phillies need prospects and don't have immediate help in the minor leagues. Trading some of the veterans now could help the team start fresh."

—Excerpt from First-half failures leaves [sic] Phillies looking ahead in USA Today, July 14, 2014[258]

Amaro announced that Cole Hamels was available to other teams, but his high asking price hindered any possibility of a deal materializing.[259] Cliff Lee was also available, but in a game shortly before the deadline, he re-injured his elbow, and was likely to miss the remainder of the season, thus negating any possibility of a deal.[260] Ultimately, the non-waiver trading deadline passed without the Phillies making any trades.[261] Consequently, Amaro received significant criticism, as the Phillies had many pieces whom many observers felt should be dealt, including Papelbon, Byrd, Hamels, Lee, A. J. Burnett, and Antonio Bastardo.[262] Despite not completing a deal before the non-waiver trading deadline, they could still move a player via waivers,[263] and eventually did when they traded Roberto Hernandez to the Dodgers for two players to be named later on August 7.[264] The first player to be named later was the son of former major leaguer Jose Valentin, Jesmuel Valentin, a switch-hitting second baseman whom one Baseball Prospectus writer called a "breakout candidate".[265] Generally, observers thought Valentin was a good prospect for the Phillies to obtain, especially considering they did not give up much in return.[266] Several weeks later, the Phillies acquired their second player to be named later, right-handed pitcher Victor Arano to complete the trade. Arano, whom MLB.com ranked the Dodgers' 14th-best prospect, throws a 94 miles per hour (151 km/h) fastball and a slider.[267][268] One Dodgers source commented that he might eventually develop into a back-of-the-rotation starter.[269]

Shortly before the waiver trading deadline September 1, the Phillies dealt "perennial fourth outfielder" John Mayberry, Jr. to the Toronto Blue Jays for Gustavo Pierre, a third base prospect.[270][271]

August[edit]

On August 9, the Phillies inducted all-time winningest manager Charlie Manuel into their Wall of Fame

The Phillies began August by placing Cliff Lee on the disabled list, and selecting Cesar Jimenez to fill his roster spot, although ultimately David Buchanan was expected to replace Lee in the starting rotation.[272] On the field, they continued a series with the Washington Nationals by winning 2–1 behind another strong outing from Roberto Hernandez, and a home run from Marlon Byrd, whom the Phillies sought to trade before the July 31 trade deadline, but could not make a deal.[273] Despite the two wins to start the series, the third game went badly for the Phillies. Starting pitcher A. J. Burnett was ejected in the second inning for arguing with home plate umpire Chris Guccione over the strike zone; it was Burnett's first career ejection in 16 seasons, but it catalyzed an 11-run performance from the Nationals, who won 11–0.[274] The Phillies were unable to take the rubber match the next day, when they lost 4–0 after Cole Hamels failed to garner any run support in his pitchers' duel with Stephen Strasburg.[275]

After an off-day, the Phillies hosted the Houston Astros, whose 47–65 record entering the series was two games worse than the Phillies.[276] The series opener was a pitchers' duel; Kyle Kendrick and Dallas Keuchel allowed one run over seven innings respectively. Subsequently, seven Phillies' relievers combined to throw eight shutout innings, and the Phillies won in the bottom of the 15th inning when Ryan Howard hit a walk-off RBI single to score Grady Sizemore as the Phillies won 2–1; Howard hit a home run in the second inning to score the Phillies' other run as well.[277][278] The Phillies' success continued in their next game, when Buchanan, starting for the injured Lee, notched a quality start and got his first career RBI at the plate, helping the Phillies to a 10–3 victory over the Astros.[279] Elsewhere in the Phillies' organization, first-round draft pick Aaron Nola was promoted to the Phillies' Double-A affiliate, the Reading Fightin' Phils, where he had a "solid" first outing.[280] Before the series finale, the Phillies traded Roberto Hernandez to the Dodgers for two players to be named later; he had compiled a 3.87 ERA in 23 appearances, 20 of which were starts, for the Phillies.[281][282] He was scheduled to start for the Phillies in the series finale, so Sean O'Sullivan was called up to replace him. O'Sullivan gave up three home runs (for a total of five runs) in six innings, but the Phillies rallied to score five runs in the eighth inning including a grand slam from Howard to ultimately win 6–5, thus sweeping the Astros.[283] Subsequently, the Phillies opened a four-game series with the Mets. In game one, the Phillies fell just short, losing 5–4 despite scoring three runs in the ninth inning.[284] In game two, Hamels' lack of run support continued when he allowed only one run in seven innings; the game went 11 innings before Antonio Bastardo surrendered an RBI single to Lucas Duda – the Phillies lost 2–1.[285] That same night, they inducted former manager Charlie Manuel into their "Wall of Fame".[286] The next afternoon, Howard hit another walk-off single, this time to cap a rally from a five-run deficit; Ken Giles earned his first career win.[287]

Shortly after the Phillies claimed him off waivers (and correspondingly designated O'Sullivan for assignment), Jerome Williams took the hill as the Phillies' starting pitcher in the opener of a two-game series with the Los Angeles Angels in Los Angeles; Williams threw five shutout innings, but surrendered two in the sixth inning before Bastardo surrendered five more, and the Angels ultimately scored all seven of their runs in the seventh inning, going on to win 7–2.[288] They lost the second game of the series as well, as A. J. Burnett's inconsistency continued, and the Phillies lost 4–3.[289] The second (and final) series of the road trip pitted the Phillies against the San Francisco Giants.[290] Hamels started game one for the Phillies, and surrendered a three-run home run in the fourth inning, giving the Giants a 3–0 lead. However, the Phillies ultimately rallied with a solo home run from Byrd in the fifth inning, Cody Asche hit a two-run home run to tie the game in the eighth inning, and Chase Utley was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Howard added a sacrifice fly in the tenth to give the Phillies a 5–3 extra inning victory after Papelbon recorded the save in the bottom of the inning.[291] In the second game, the Phillies jumped out to a 5–1 lead, but in the sixth inning, a miscommunication between infielders allowed a routine pop-up to fall in the infield, which fueled a Giants rally. When Sandberg came out to remove Kendrick from the game, Kendrick stormed off the field in disgust. Ultimately, the Giants came back and won the game 6–5.[292] The Phillies dropped the rubber match of the series as well, this time 5–2; despite a quality start from Buchanan and a three-hit performance from Asche, the Giants notched five runs, in large part thanks to Michael Morse and Brandon Crawford, offensive leaders for the Giants.[293]

The Phillies celebrate a victory on August 22, 2014

After a largely unsuccessful road trip, the Phillies returned home to face the Seattle Mariners in a three-game series.[294] A motley pair of Phillies (insofar as neither were highly touted additions to the team) were key contributors in the Phillies' win in the series opener. Jerome Williams allowed one run over seven innings, while Andres Blanco hit a three-run home run, his first home run in three years, to defeat the Mariners 4–1.[295][296][297] The next night, Burnett's struggles during the second half of the season continued when he surrendered five runs over 723 innings as the Phillies lost 5–2.[298] The Phillies edged the Mariners 4–3 with help from the bottom of their batting order, namely Wil Nieves, who contributed three hits, and the bullpen (Jake Diekman, Giles, and Papelbon), who combined to pitch four scoreless innings while striking out nine.[299] The Phillies' homestand continued with a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Kendrick started game one, and despite his first inning struggles continuing (he allowed three runs in the first inning to bring his season ERA in first innings up to 9.69), the Phillies battled back with a strong third inning during which they batted around and scored four runs to make the score 5–4. From there, pitchers from both teams dominated, and no more runs were scored, giving the Phillies the victory.[300] The next night, the game went into extra innings after the Phillies made several mental mistakes in the early innings such as overthrows, errors, and misjudgments defensively; ultimately, they lost 6–5 in 12 innings.[301] Williams took the hill in the rubber match of the series, and continued his strong performance with the Phillies, helping the club to a 7–1 win by throwing eight strong innings as well as driving in a run via the suicide squeeze. The Phillies' series win marked the first time since April that they had won consecutive series, a drought that spanned 33 series, their longest drought since 1996–1997.[302]

The final series of the homestand featured the Washington Nationals. After poor performance in previous starts led some to suggest he would retire after the 2014 season, in game one of the series, Burnett was dominant, striking out 12 in seven innings while allowing just one run. The Phillies won 3–2.[303] The Phillies' success continued the next day when Sandberg tweaked the lineup by starting two reserves in place of cornerstones Utley and Howard. The gamble ultimately paid off, as Darin Ruf and Freddy Galvis combined for four hits, two runs, and three RBIs while the Phillies won 4–3.[304] The Phillies completed the series sweep when Sizemore entered the game as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning and hit a two-run home run to give the Phillies a lead that ultimately did not deteriorate, as the Phillies won 8–4.[305]

Revere (pictured) was among the team's offensive leaders in the month of August

The Phillies rode momentum from winning their previous three series when they visited Citi Field to play the Mets for a three-game series. Game one afforded them the opportunity to climb out of last place in their division for the first time since June if they could beat the Mets, but they ended up losing 4–1 in large part due to a fielding error made by Sizemore who admitted he "let the team down".[306] They did manage to even the series as Williams hurled a quality start and the lineup mustered seven runs in a 7–2 win.[307] Looking to win their fourth consecutive series, the Phillies' streak ended when they lost 6–5 in A. J. Burnett's 15th losing decision of the season.[308]

The Phillies won 14 games and lost 13 in August, their first winning month since going 1–0 in March; nevertheless, Ruben Amaro noted that the team needed "significant" changes in order to contend in the near future.[309] Offensively, the team was in the middle of the NL in August, ranking eighth in batting average (.251), seventh in runs scored (107), and tied for fifth in home runs (23).[310] Among the team's offensive leaders in August were Ruf and Revere, who compiled .370 and .311 batting averages respectively, Byrd, who led the team with five home runs, Howard, who led the team with 23 RBIs, and Rollins, who led the team with 13 walks. Ruiz struggled at the plate in August – he posted a .217 batting average with two home runs and seven RBIs.[311] There continued to be a stark juxtaposition between starting and relief pitching for the Phillies. In August, starting pitchers compiled a 3.76 ERA, which ranked 10th in the NL, while relievers posted a combined 2.60 ERA, which ranked third in the NL. Overall, the pitching staff's 3.26 cumulative ERA in August ranked fifth in the NL.[310] Out of the bullpen, Papelbon, Diekman, and Giles all had strong months, with each compiling a sub-2.00 ERA in at least 12 appearances. In fact, Bastardo was the only Phillies' reliever to post an ERA of more than 3.00 of those who pitched in at least 10 games. Among starting pitchers, Jerome Williams led the way with three wins and a 2.03 ERA in 2623 innings pitched, while A.J. Burnett's struggles continued as he posted a 1–5 record with a 5.50 ERA in six starts.[312]

September[edit]

Cole Hamels peers in at the catcher (not pictured), looking for a sign
Cole Hamels started the game, and threw six innings, but walked five batters
Jake Diekman delivers a pitch
Jake Diekman threw a perfect seventh inning in the no-hitter, striking out two batters
Ken Giles stands set to throw a pitch
Ken Giles struck out all three batters he faced in the eighth inning
Jonathan Papelbon in the windup, preparing to throw a pitch
Jonathan Papelbon finished the no-hitter, throwing a perfect ninth inning
Four Phillies' pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves on September 1, 2014

The Phillies opened the final month of the season in Atlanta with a three-game series against the Braves. The month began with a bright spot for the Phillies – Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles, and Jonathan Papelbon combined to throw a no-hitter, the 11th combined no-hitter in major league history, to help the Phillies to a 7–0 victory.[313][314][315][316] The next day, "Atlanta’s offense remained in desultory mode", and Kyle Kendrick was helped by the double-play ball in the Phillies 4–0 win, which extended the Braves' scoreless streak to 24 innings.[317] However, in the series' conclusion, the Braves offense compiled seven runs as Phillies' reliever Mario Hollands exited the game due to injury (ultimately, he missed the remainder of the season), and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez made his MLB debut; the Phillies lost 7–4.[318] After an off-day, the road trip continued with a three-game series against the Washington Nationals. In game one, the Phillies came back from two five-run deficits to beat the Nationals 9–8 in 11 innings; Ben Revere hit his second career home run.[319] A day after winning a slug-fest, the Phillies won a pitchers' duel; A. J. Burnett dealt his second consecutive solid start, throwing seven innings while allowing just one run in the Phillies' 3–1 win – manager Ryne Sandberg commented that Burnett had "best movement he's had on the ball this year."[320] For the second straight series, the Phillies won the first two games, but failed to sweep in the final one. Hamels took the hill, and was decimated by a balk that allowed a runner to advance to third base, and score on a subsequent sacrifice fly; the Phillies lost 3–2.[321]

Thereafter, the Phillies returned home for a seven-game homestand to include series against the Pirates and Marlins. In the first game, which was against the Pirates, Jimmy Rollins got the Phillies off to a strong start by tripling and scoring in the fourth inning, but then left the game due to a hamstring injury. The Phillies lost 6–4.[322] In game two of the four-game set, the Phillies achieved their lone win, largely thanks to the performance of eight-hole hitter Freddy Galvis, who hit a home run and scored three runs, helping the Phillies to a 4–3 win.[323] In his first start against the Phillies since they traded him away, Vance Worley earned the win as the Pirates downed the Phillies 6–3.[324] The Phillies mustered only one run in the series' conclusion, losing 4–1.[325] The homestand continued with a three-game series against the Marlins. Batting in the two-hole for the first time of his career, Cody Asche hit his first career walk-off hit with a home run in the tenth inning of game one, powering the Phillies to a 3–1 victory.[326] The next game potentially represented Kyle Kendrick's final start at Citizens Bank Park while a member of the Phillies, as his contract expired at the conclusion of the season; he pitched 613 innings while allowing one run in the Phillies' 2–1 win.[327] The Phillies failed to achieve the sweep, though, as the Marlins took the third game of the series 5–4 when Papelbon blew a save opportunity.[328]

"There has not been much to smile about lately for the Phillies as they approach the end of their second straight losing season. Saturday's 3-0 win over the A's, however, was peppered with bright spots. Ken Giles, the team's possible closer of the future, earned his first career save on his 24th birthday. Jerome Williams made baseball history, becoming the first pitcher to earn three wins against the same opponent as a member of three different teams. And Freddy Galvis continued to make the most of his time as the starting shortstop, hitting a two-run homer to break a scoreless tie in the seventh."

Galvis helps Williams earn historic 'W' over A's by Aaron Leibowitz on MLB.com, September 20, 2014[329]

Philadelphia subsequently headed to San Diego to face the Padres in a four-game series. The Phillies managed only two hits in the series' opener, spoiling a solid start from Jerome Williams, and losing 1–0.[330] The next night, the Phillies clinched a losing season by dropping their 82nd game of the year; the Padres won 5–4.[331] The Phillies did manage to win game three 5–2 behind a "stellar outing" from Hamels.[332] The Phillies lost the fourth game of the series 7–3.[333] The west coast jaunt continued with a series against the Oakland Athletics. Despite a good start from David Buchanan in the series' opener, the Phillies' offense mustered only one run in a 3–1 loss.[334] The Phillies won game two 3–0 in a game that was "peppered" with bright spots.[329] However, they lost the rubber match of the series 8–6 in 10 innings.[335]

The Phillies traveled to Miami for the season's penultimate series. Hamels took the hill in game one, and despite lodging another quality start, fell victim to lack of offensive support, and lost 2–0.[336] Kendrick made what may have been his final start as a member of the Phillies in game two. He threw seven innings and allowed one run, and was three-for-three at the plate, doubling, and driving in a run.[337] The Phillies lost the series; the bullpen failed to hold a lead, and the team lost 6–4.[338]

The Phillies returned home for their final series of the season, a three-game set with the Braves. They won the first game, as Williams levied a strong start, completing a strong few months with the Phillies during which he compiled a 2.83 ERA.[339] Burnett was decent in game two, but the Braves won 4–2.[340] The season concluded when Hamels took the loss despite a quality start; the Phillies lost 2–1 in the 162nd and final game of the season.[341]

The season came to a conclusion with a sputtering offense that posted a .228 batting average, scored 3.31 runs per game, and had an on-base plus slugging percentage of .615, which ranked 13th, 14th, and 14th out of 15 NL teams respectively. The pitching staff fared better, with the starters' 3.27 cumulative ERA ranking fourth in the NL, and the relievers' 3.09 cumulative ERA ranking fifth.[342] Cesar Hernandez led the team with a .333 batting average in 14 games, while Freddy Galvis and Ryan Howard each hit three home runs to lead the way. Ben Revere's 13 RBIs and nine stolen bases also were best on the squad. Conversely, Carlos Ruiz struggled and posted a batting average of just .193, albeit with two home runs and eight RBIs.[343] Justin De Fratus and Ken Giles paced the bullpen, posting ERAs of 0.00 and 0.82 in nine and eleven games respectively. Cole Hamels was the best starting pitcher during the month, but earned a record of just 2–3 despite a 1.96 ERA.[344]

Season standings[edit]

National League East[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Washington Nationals 96 66 0.593 51–30 45–36
Atlanta Braves 79 83 0.488 17 42–39 37–44
New York Mets 79 83 0.488 17 40–41 39–42
Miami Marlins 77 85 0.475 19 42–39 35–46
Philadelphia Phillies 73 89 0.451 23 37–44 36–45


National League Wild Card[edit]

Division Leaders W L Pct.
(1) Washington Nationals 96 66 0.593
(2) Los Angeles Dodgers 94 68 0.580
(3) St. Louis Cardinals 90 72 0.556


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
(4) Pittsburgh Pirates 88 74 0.543
(5) San Francisco Giants 88 74 0.543
Milwaukee Brewers 82 80 0.506 6
New York Mets 79 83 0.488 9
Atlanta Braves 79 83 0.488 9
San Diego Padres 77 85 0.475 11
Miami Marlins 77 85 0.475 11
Cincinnati Reds 76 86 0.469 12
Philadelphia Phillies 73 89 0.451 15
Chicago Cubs 73 89 0.451 15
Colorado Rockies 66 96 0.407 22
Arizona Diamondbacks 64 98 0.395 24



Game Log[edit]

Legend
  Phillies win
  Phillies loss
  Postponement
Bold Phillies team member
2014 Game Log[345][346]
Overall Record: 73–89

Roster[edit]

All players who made an appearance for the Phillies during 2014 are included.[347]

2014 Philadelphia Phillies
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player statistics[edit]

Batting[edit]

List does not include pitchers. Stats in bold indicate team leaders (among players with at least 100 at-bats for percentages). Only stats recorded with Phillies are included.

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In; BB = Walks; SO = Strikeouts; SB = Stolen Bases; Avg. = Batting Average; OBP = On Base Percentage; SLG = Slugging; OPS = On Base + Slugging

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
Utley, ChaseChase Utley 155 589 74 159 36 6 11 78 53 85 10 .270 .339 .407 .746
Revere, BenBen Revere 151 601 71 184 13 7 2 28 13 49 49 .306 .325 .361 .686
Rollins, JimmyJimmy Rollins 138 538 78 131 22 4 17 55 64 100 28 .243 .323 .394 .717
Byrd, MarlonMarlon Byrd 154 591 71 156 28 2 25 85 35 185 3 .264 .312 .445 .757
Howard, RyanRyan Howard 153 569 65 127 18 1 23 95 67 190 0 .223 .310 .380 .690
Ruiz, CarlosCarlos Ruiz 110 381 43 96 25 1 6 31 46 60 4 .252 .347 .370 .717
Brown, DomonicDomonic Brown 144 473 47 165 22 1 10 63 34 91 7 .235 .285 .349 .634
Asche, CodyCody Asche 121 397 43 155 25 0 10 46 33 102 0 .252 .309 .390 .699
Sizemore, GradyGrady Sizemore 60 162 21 41 9 2 3 12 14 35 1 .253 .313 .389 .701
Mayberry, Jr., JohnJohn Mayberry, Jr. 63 122 11 26 7 0 6 21 15 30 0 .213 .304 .418 .722
Nieves, WilWil Nieves 36 122 9 31 8 0 1 7 1 34 1 .254 .270 .344 .614
Galvis, FreddyFreddy Galvis 43 119 14 21 3 1 4 12 8 30 1 .176 .227 .319 .546
Hernandez, CesarCesar Hernandez 66 114 13 27 2 0 1 4 9 33 1 .237 .290 .281 .571
Gwynn, Jr., TonyTony Gwynn, Jr. 80 105 14 16 2 1 0 3 15 23 3 .152 .264 .190 .455
Ruf, DarinDarin Ruf 52 102 13 24 8 0 3 8 8 32 0 .235 .310 .402 .712

Pitching[edit]

Stats in bold are the team leaders among those who pitched in at least nine games. Only stats with the Phillies are shown.

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts; BAA = Batting Average Against; WHIP = Walks + Hits/Innings Pitched

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER BB K BAA WHIP
Kendrick, KyleKyle Kendrick 10 13 4.61 32 32 0 199.0 214 108 102 57 121 .276 1.36
Burnett, A.J.A.J. Burnett 8 18 4.59 34 34 0 213.2 205 122 109 96 190 .256 1.41
Giles, KenKen Giles 3 1 1.18 44 0 1 45.2 25 7 6 11 64 .164 0.79
Diekman, JakeJake Diekman 5 5 3.80 73 0 0 71.0 66 36 30 35 100 .248 1.42
Papelbon, JonathanJonathan Papelbon 2 3 2.04 66 0 39 66.1 45 15 15 15 63 .191 0.90
Hamels, ColeCole Hamels 9 9 2.46 30 30 0 204.2 176 60 56 59 198 .235 1.15
Buchanan, DavidDavid Buchanan 6 8 3.75 20 20 0 117.2 120 55 49 32 71 .264 1.29
Hernandez, RobertoRoberto Hernandez 6 8 3.87 23 20 0 121.0 108 57 52 55 75 .237 1.35
Bastardo, AntonioAntonio Bastardo 5 7 3.94 67 0 0 64.0 43 31 28 34 81 .188 1.20
Lee, CliffCliff Lee 4 5 3.65 13 13 0 81.1 100 40 33 12 72 .304 1.38
Williams, JeromeJerome Williams 4 2 2.83 9 9 0 57.1 48 20 18 17 38 .230 1.13
De Fratus, JustinJustin De Fratus 3 1 2.39 54 0 0 52.2 45 19 14 12 49 .223 1.08
Adams, MikeMike Adams 2 1 2.89 22 0 0 18.2 16 8 6 8 21 .232 1.29
Hollands, MarioMario Hollands 2 2 4.40 50 0 0 47.0 45 25 23 21 35 .253 1.40
Garcia, LuisLuis Garcia 1 0 6.43 13 0 0 14.0 14 12 10 13 12 .255 1.93
Manship, JeffJeff Manship 1 2 6.65 20 0 0 23.0 24 17 17 14 16 .273 1.65
Rosenberg, B.J.B.J. Rosenberg 1 0 6.75 13 0 0 12.0 20 10 9 7 9 .385 2.25
Jimenez, CesarCesar Jimenez 0 0 1.69 16 0 0 16.0 14 3 3 7 8 .246 1.31

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs International League Dave Brundage
AA Reading Fightin Phils Eastern League Dusty Wathan
A-Advanced Clearwater Threshers Florida State League Ramon Henderson
A Lakewood BlueClaws South Atlantic League Greg Legg
Short-Season A Williamsport Crosscutters New York–Penn League Nelson Prada
Rookie GCL Phillies Arizona League Roly de Armas
Rookie VSL Phillies Venezuelan Summer League Trino Aguilar
Rookie DSL Phillies Dominican Summer League Manny Amador

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ streak of consecutive innings a pitcher has thrown in which they have not allowed a run
  2. ^ In baseball, the "first half" and "second half" are split by the All-Star game, which technically occurs shortly after halfway through the season
  3. ^ See Major League Baseball transactions for a full glossary of transactional phraseology

External links[edit]

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