Originally written on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 11/19/14
No, really. Juan Pierre and Jeremy Horst will be two big reasons the Phillies get back to .500 this year. Photo: AP The Phillies began the year 11 to 2 favorites in most sports books to win the World Series, marking the third year in a row they entered the season as such. Like many folks who visit this site, bettors heavily underestimated the toll injuries, an inconsistent bullpen, and the rapid improvement of at least two divisional rivals would bring upon the team. While the playoffs are out of the question, ESPN gives the Phils just a 1 in 1,000 chance of making them, the Phils have quietly won four out of their last five and nine of fourteen since unloading Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino on the afternoon of July 31. The playoffs may be out of reach but there is a number I would like to see the Phillies reach: .500. For the first time since 2002, the Phillies risk playing sub-.500 ball. At eight games under with 46 to play, a record of 27-19 would be required to get there. A...
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