The 2016 Phillies season comes to a close...and so does the 2008 team.
Getting swept by the Braves was not exactly the way the Phils wanted to start their last month plus, but they won 9 of their next 16 games through the middle of September with a chance to finish the season strong.
Unfortunately, losing Nola and Eflin to injury and Velasquez and Thompson to innings limits took it's toll. Oddly enough, the starting pitching was third best in the National League for the final month. But the bullpen? Not so much. They allowed 84 runs in 96 innings, helping the Phillies lose 8 of their last 10 games down the stretch. Fortunately, the Phils pulled out a victory on the last day to escape a 7-game losing streak.
91 losses is not exactly much of a moral victory, but it was an 8-game improvement over 2015. Of course, their expected record was exactly the same as 2015 (62-100), so the Phils still have a tall mountain to climb.
Perhaps the biggest story is the end of an era. When Ryan Howard popped up in his last at-bat in game 162, it wrapped up the 2008 championship season. When the Phillies open 2017 in Cincinnati, they will do it without Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, Cole Hamels, or any player who earned a ring in that magical season.
One man who does have a ring is Pete Mackanin, who was a coach on that team and hopes he can lead the Phillies to another parade. Who knows, maybe they will improve by 20 games and reach the playoffs next season.
And that closes another monthly review - until next season...
Home record: 7-8
Road record: 4-10
Top winning streak: 2
Top losing streak: 6
Series record: 3-6-1
Began month: 60-73, 18 games behind 1st place Nationals & 7.5 games behind 3rd place Mets.
Finished month: 71-91, 24 games behind 1st place Nationals & 16 games behind 3rd place Marlins.
Phillies Team Hitting September/October Totals
Average: .250 (9th)
Runs: 118 (14th)
Runs/game: 4.1 (14th)
HR: 27 (t-10th)
BB: 91 (5th)
SO: 292 (1st)
OBP: .323 (7th)
SLG: .383 (12th)
OPS .705 (12th)
Phillies Team Pitching September/October Totals
ERA: 4.64 (12th)
Phillies Starting Pitching September/October Totals
ERA: 3.31 (3rd)
Phillies Relief Pitching September/October Totals
ERA: 7.88 (last)
Phillies Team Hitting Season Totals
Average: .240 (14th)
Runs: 610 (last)
Runs/game: 3.77 (last)
HR: 161 (11th)
BB: 424 (last)
SO: 1,376 (4th most)
OBP: .301 (14th)
SLG: .385 (14th)
OPS .685 (last)
Phillies Team Pitching Season Totals
ERA: 4.63 (12th)
Phillies Starting Pitching Season Totals
ERA: 4.41 (9th)
Phillies Relief Pitching Season Totals
ERA: 5.05 (13th)
ATLANTA BRAVES September 2-4
(Phillies swept 3-0)
Game 1: Ellis' 3-run homer gave Phils 4-0 lead in 2nd, but Hellickson gave up 4 runs in WHAT and with game tied in 9th, Gomez retired none of his four batters in 4-run 9th in 8-4 loss.
Game 2: Velasquez goes 7 innings and allows 3 runs (2 earned) in his final start before getting shut down for season, Franco went 4-for-5 with 3 doubles, and Rupp's 2-run double gave 3-1 lead, but bullpen blew lead in 8th and lost in extras 6-4.
Game 3: Thompson with second straight strong outing, allowing 2 runs in 7 innings, but Phils blanked for second straight sweep and second winless homestand of the season.
@ Miami Marlins September 5-7
(Phillies win series 2-1)
Game 1: Phillies put up 3 spot in 5th thanks to Galvis homer and again in 7th in 6-2 win, while Eickhoff with a solid 6 innings.
Game 2: Morgan with another good outing with just 1 run in 6 innings and Odubel Herrera with 2 hits and 4 runs scored. Neris allows 2 in shaky 8th, but Gomez held on for save.
Game 3: Marlins score 4 runs off Hellickson in 6 innings and Phils blanked in 6-0 loss.
@ Washington Nationals September 8-11
(Phillies swept 3-0)
Game 1: Asher tosses 6 scoreless innings in his 2016 debut and homers from Bourjos and Howard enough in 4-1 win.
Game 2: Rupp hit game-tying three-run homer in 8th, but Herrmann allowed a walk-off homer to Trea Thompson in 5-4 loss. Jake Thompson with a solid 5.1 innings and 2 runs.
Game 3: Eickhoff pitches 6 scoreless on just pitches, but Schuster allowed 3-run homer to Harper in 8th and Phils shutout 3-0.
Game 4: After allowing just one run in 6 innings, Morgan lifted in 7th after leadoff walk, but Ramos allowed two runs to score in 3-2 loss. Roman Quinn makes MLB debut and Jorge Alfaro also called up.
PITTSBURGH PIRATES September 12-15
(Phillies split series 2-2)
Game 1: Quinn gets his first major league hit, stolen base, and knocks in 2 while Hellickson pitches 6.1 scoreless innings in 6-2 Phillies win. Alfaro gets his first hit in his first MLB at-bat with a squibber towards third base.
Game 2: Alfaro makes first MLB start, Alec Asher allows 2 runs in 6.1 innings, and Galvis' sac fly gave Phils lead in 8th, but Gomez allowed 3 runs in 9th in 5-3 loss.
Game 3: Galvis and Joseph homered and Phils scored 5 runs in first four innings to back six solid innings from Thompson in 6-2 win.
Game 4: Pirates hit four homers off Eickhoff including 3-run shot in 7th and McCutchen homers twice in 15-2 blowout loss.
MIAMI MARLINS September 16-18
(Phillies win series 2-1)
Game 1: Jimmy Paredes hits walk-off single over drawn in infield with bases loaded in 13th inning for 4-3 win.
Game 2: 5 different Phillies knocked in runs and Phils scored 5 runs in first while Jeremy Hellickon tossed his second career shutout in 8-0 win.
Game 3: Homers from Herrera and Galvis gave Phils 4-3 lead after 6, but Neris allowed homer to tie game in 8th and a dropped popup lead to the deciding run in 5-4 loss.
CHICAGO WHITE SOX September 20-21
(Phillies sweep series 2-0)
Game 1: Herrera with 3 hits including a homer and 3 RBI and Quinn with 2 RBI to take 7-3 lead into 9th. Gomez allows 3 runs and pulled with 2 outs in 9th for Michael Mariot, who retired his only batter to earn first save.
Game 2: Joseph with a homer and 3 RBI, Franco and Rupp each with 2 RBI, and Eickhoff goes 7 as Phils beat Sale and sweep White Sox.
@ New York Mets September 22-25
(Phillies lose series 3-1)
Game 1: Franco's 8th inning 3-run homer and 4th RBI gave Phils 6-4 lead and Gomez blew it in 9th and Phils took 8-6 lead in 11th, but Ramos allowed 3-run walk-off homer in 9-8 loss.
Game 2: Franco homered again along with Ruf, but Hellickson yielded 6 runs in 4.1 innings and Phils lose 10-5.
Game 3: Phillies bat around plus two in 5-run first and Ruf hits 3-run homer to give Phils 10-0 lead that they almost threw away and allowed 8 runs in last five innings, barely escaping with 10-8 win.
Game 4: Phillies suffer worst shutout loss since at least 1913. Thompson allowed 3 runs in 4 innings and bullpen allowed 14 including grand slam in last 4 in 17-0 loss.
@ Atlanta Braves September 27-29
(Phillies swept 3-0)
Game 1: 1st inning Howard grand slam helped Phils to 6-0 lead after two innings, but Eickhoff left with 6-1 lead due to rain delay and bullpen allowed 6 runs in 7-6 loss.
Game 2: Morgan gets barraged for 9 runs in 5 innings and Phils crushed 12-2.
Game 3: Hellickson leaves scoreless game with knee injury in 4th and Phils took 1-1 tie into the 8th, but Gomez allowed 4 runs in 1/3 of inning in 5-2 loss.
NEW YORK METS September 30 - October 2
(Phillies lose series 1-2)
Game 1: Asher strong, but Phils can't solve Gsellman in 5-1 loss.
Game 2: Howard ties game with 2-run homer in 5th, but Phils allow 3 runs the rest of the way in 5-3 loss as Mets clinch Wild-Card berth.
Game 3: Eickhoff with one run allowed in 6 innings and Franco goes 4-for-4 with an RBI in 5-2 win as Phillies honor Ryan Howard in his last game with the Phillies as last member of 2008 team.
September 3 - Phillies decide shut Vince Velasquez down for the season after his start in which he goes 7 innings and allows 3 runs (2 earned).
September 8 - Asher tosses 6 scoreless innings in his 2016 debut and homers from Bourjos and Howard enough in 4-1 win.
September 11 - Roman Quinn makes MLB debut and Jorge Alfaro also called up.
September 12 - Quinn gets his first major league hit, stolen base, and knocks in 2 runs. Alfaro gets his first hit in his first MLB at-bat with a squibber towards third base.
September 13 - Alfaro makes first MLB start.
September 15 - Phillies announce Dusty Wathan will take over as the manager at Triple-A Lehigh Valley next season after spending the last five years with Double-A Reading. Current Iron Pigs manager Dave Brundage will not be retained.
September 16 - Jimmy Paredes hits walk-off single over drawn in infield with bases loaded in 13th inning for 4-3 win.
September 17 - Jeremy Hellickon tossed his second career shutout in 8-0 win.
September 22 - Tyler Goeddel diagnosed with concussion after getting hit in helmet.
September 27 - Quinn leaves game with left oblique strain.
September 28 - Ryan Howard and A.J. Ellis call a players-only meeting after 12-2 loss to Braves.
October 2 - Phillies honor Ryan Howard prior to his final game with plaque commemorating 58th homer.
October 3 - Phillies fire hitting coach Steve Henderson, but retain rest of coaches.