Originally posted on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 6/21/12

There has been a lot of talk amongst Phillies fans that this just may be one of those seasons. It happens from time to time. Even the best teams in baseball, or sports in general for that matter have a bad season.

With the myriad of issues that have faced these Phillies, when you get right down to it, it could be far worse.

Now I am among the people who have been saying that this season could very well be lost. Long have I stood by the assertion that Ryan Howard and Chase Utley will not fix what ails the Phillies. I’ve also said that this team appears to lack the fight necessary to find their way out of the hole they’ve dug for themselves. But there are some things to be positive about.

The Phillies have the best offense in the National League since May 1st. They are 4th overall in the major leagues during that time span. While this team has proven itself woefully inept at situational hitting, the fact that the offense is getting the job done with scoring runs is a big deal.

The issue now seems to be the pitching staff. It really is amazing when you think about how fluid the game of baseball is. Hitters start hitting and you expect a pitching staff with Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee to at least be a top 10 pitching staff. They’re not. In fact, during that same time span, the Phillies are 14th in the National League in starting pitching with a 4.47 ERA.

That is not getting the job done.

If the law of averages balances things out here, it can be reasonably assumed that at some point, Cliff Lee will get a win. Cole Hamels’ last outing saw the lefty settle down and regain the focus that seemed to be missing in his last few starts. Roy Halladay will also return, and if past history is any indication, we are more likely than not going to get the real Roy Halladay back. Not the impostor who pitched in Roy’s body in May.

If the Phillies can keep plugging along offensively, there may be some hope.

As much as I bristle at the thought of a second wild card corrupting the game even more (yes, I am a purist) I’d gladly take it if that’s what the season comes down to. There are lots of teams to leap frog, and a lot of baseball left to play.

For two nights now, the Phillies have seemed like the old Phillies. There was magic last night in 9th and a solid win the night before. Maybe all hope is NOT lost… Yet.

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