We are now at the unofficial midway point of the major league season and the Phillies have played well below expectations.
After a great month of April and a good month of May, the month of June raised red flags all over the roster. No leadoff hitter, a below average bullpen, and a starting rotation that cannot be trusted on a given night. Now we head into the All-Star Break 6.5 games behind the Braves for first place in the NL East, and to make things worse, the Nationals surpassed the Phils putting them in 3rd place of the division.
There is still hope as we await players to return from injury, and of course the very important July 31st MLB trade deadline.
John Middleton dipped into his pockets this past offseason, now it is time for GM Matt Klentak to work whatever magic he has to deal for players that will push them to the next level. Bullpen help, a starting pitcher, an everyday centerfielder, a player off the bench, a backup catcher, the list goes on and on.
The question is, is that list too long to shop for? We will get a better idea of who this team is come August 1st, but until then, the current roster needs to show management that they have been worth the investment and will be worth investing even more in come the end of the month.
Andrew Salciunas is producer of the “Anthony & Jason Midday Show” and host of The Fanatic Baseball Show weeknights at 6pm.