The Phillies were dealing with a ton of issues in July. Bryce Harper was out. Jean Segura was out. Ranger Suarez was out for a bit. Zach Eflin was out. And yet, they went 15-10 in the month (.600). Finishing the month with a series win over the Braves, and then a 4-game sweep over the Pirates. Despite it all, they continue to win. They currently control the final Wildcard spot. And they earned tiebreakers over all of the teams they are competing with. They hold the tiebreaker over the Cardinals, The Padres, and the Brewers. So how do they keep winning despite all the issues, and the multiple regular players who were giving them nothing? Well, a few guys really stepped up.
These are guys who did not get off to the best starts but stepped up when the team needed them the most. So you won’t be seeing names like Aaron Nola or Zack Wheeler who have been good all year. Some of these guys were heavily criticized for not doing enough the first few months. Fans were maybe even willing to give up on a few of them. But now you would be hard pressed to call them out after the month they just had.
Here are the five guys whose play helped them not only survive the month of July but thrive in it.