Originally written on From the Stands Media  |  Last updated 9/23/14
After only eleven games, the Philadelphia Phillies find themselves one game under five hundred and still trying to identyify themselves as a team.  Not to worry as a fan of the Phils' however, as there are still a few positives to take away from this short season thus far.1- Chase Utley, You Are Still the Man!After missing a huge chunk of the 2012 season, Phillies' fans were just hoping to get a percentage of the hard nosed player we had playing second base back.  2013 so far has proven that the Chase Utley we grew to love is healthy (for now) and playing harder then anyone else on the roster. No surprise there as Utley has always been one of the hardest working players in the league.  So far this season Utley is tied for the team lead in home runs with  two, leads the team in RBIs with ten, is second on the team with a .286 batting average, and even legged out a tie breaking RBI triple in the 10th inning to defeat the Miami Marlins on Friday night.  Hopefully, this Chase makes it all the way through 2013.2- Cliff Lee: The StopperWith an 0-2 start to the season, the Phillies needed a win against their division rival Atlanta Braves at Turner Field in Atlanta.  With Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay not able to get the job done, Clifton Phifer Lee took the mound in game three and went eight shut out innings against a powerful Braves' lineup (as of this writing, Cliff Lee is the only pitcher to defeat the Atlanta Braves this season!). Not only did this team need to get on the winning track, but the bullpen was gasping for some rest.  After a series loss to the Atlanta Braves and the Kansas City Royals, the New York Mets were coming into Citizens Bank Ballpark for a three game series.  Roy Halladay lost game one, and then it was Lee's turn to take the mound in game two to try and stop the bleeding again.  Lee tossed 8 2/3 innings giving up only two runs in his second win in his only two starts this season (way ahead of 2012 when he did not even get his first win till July 4!).  To start the year, Lee is 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA and 14 strike outs to go along with no walks.  Not to mention he has also contributed an RBI and a run scored thus far in 2013!3- Speedy Ben RevereA .222 batting average certainly is not a sexy stat for a leadoff hitter.  Nor is a .286 on base percentage.  Ben Revere's bat may not be effective yet in this short span of a season (0 extra base hits thus far) but this speed demon has brought some other entangibles to the ball club.  It was hard to let go of the fan favorite "The Flyin' Hawaiian" Shane Victorino in center field as he has moved on to play in Fenway for the Boston Red Sox in 2013.  However, Revere's play has been nothing less then Gold Glove worthy (granted through 11 games) but he is proving that he can cover a lot of room within left center through right center with his incredible speed.  Another advantage of Ben Revere is the art of base stealing.  Currently, Revere with four stolen bases is tied for second in the Majors along with Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh Pirates) and Coco Crisp (Oakland Athletics).  Revere has been caught stealing two times but it is good to see the threat of this guy swiping a bag when he wants to.  Hopefully come October it will be Ben Rever proclaiming "The Phillies are coming, the Phillies are coming!" (Yeah, cheesey I know!)4- The Back End of the Bull PenOur starters have had some issues getting through six this season and we have unfortunately have not felt comfortable with our middle relievers.  However, in the extremely limited amount of opportunities we have seen from our seventh, eighth, and ninth inning pitchers things have been positive.  In five innings, Antonio Bastardo has given up one hit, walked two, and struck out five without giving up any earned runs.  Set up man Mike Adams has given up three hits, walked one, struck out nine, and given up one run in five 1/3 innings pitched.  In save situations, closer Jonathan Papelbon has been lights out.  His only two runs given up were in a non- save situation in the opening series against the Atlanta Braves. Since then, in three innings he has given up one hit, walked no one, struck out three batters, has given up zero runs, and has converted on both save opportunities.5- Michael Young is fitting in quite nicelyThough Michael Young has not been an everyday position player in a couple of years, he is playing third base defensively like he has never stopped! His defense has exceeded expectations thus far, and we knew we would get a pretty dangerous bat from him to begin with.  Young is batting .368 (highest on the team for an every day player), has an on base percentage of .442 (again best on the team for an every day player), has hit one home run, drove in four RBIs, and scored five runs thus far in 2013.  On April 9 he even flirted with the cycle and was only short by a double!6- Domonic Brown showing signsWe all knew I could not write an article on the positives on this short season without discussing Domonic Brown.  As already declared, I am a huge Domonic Brown advocate and hope that he succeeds.  I even announced on an episode of OC: Live that I would be willing to put my passionate opinion of Dom Brown to your judgement.  I proclaimed that if Brown does not hit at least .280 and power out at least 20 home runs in the 2013 Major League Baseball season, that I will allow you to come up with the consequence on OC: Live at the end of the year.  You have till the MLB All- Star Game to send in your consequences via Twitter, Facebook, or E- Mail.With that all being said, Brown is proving to be a an every day player and is showing improvements.  Wally Joyner and Michael Young can be accredited with the future success of this kid.  Brown is batting .262, with a .296 on base percentage, he is tied for the team lead with two home runs, is second on the team with six RBIs, and scored four runs.  A few at bats he has shown his immaturity this season, but in time I think this kid will be focal point for a lineup for years to come.What other positives have you seen from this team in 2013?-Tim MillerJoin us every Thursday at 5PM Eastern Time for OC: Live by clicking this link right here on Onside Cook! 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