We are officially half way through the 2022 season for the Phillies. After 81 games they sit at 43-38. It has been a weird first half of the season. If I told you Joe Girardi would be fired by mid-season, I doubt you would have believed they would also have a winning record. They went 22-29 before firing Joe and naming Rob Thomson interim manager. In 30 games with Thomson, they have gone 21-9. They went from far out of the playoffs, to now right in the mix. As of now they are tied for the 3rd Wild Card spot, with a chance to fully pass the Cardinals later this week if they can take a second series from them. Not the best of looks for Girardi.
With 81 games left, it feels like a good time for a progress report on some of the various Phillies players. Who has lived up to their expectations? Who needs to improve in the second half? And who has really let this team down? Let’s look at the best, and the worst, Phillies players from the first half.
Expectations come into play here. While someone like Damon Jones was really bad out of the bullpen, there were no expectations for him. So he does not make the list of worst players. Likewise if someone had big expectations, and has just been mediocre, they will make the list of worst players. Nick Castellanos, despite his struggles is still a better player than Roman Quinn. But since Castellanos was expected to be great, and no one thought Quinn would do anything, Castellanos has to take more heat than Quinn does. So now, in no particular order, here the the best, and the worst, Phillies from the first half of this season.