Phillies Winners of 15 of the their last 17

The Phillies are in the middle of an amazing string of games.  They are consistently doing the little things to win games, bounce back from loses and not self destruct.  All of these things mentioned were the issues they were having during their losing streak and inconsistent play.

What happened?  How did they turn it around?

I have a few theories: 

1)       The current players picked up their individual games because of all the attention the Phillies’ prospects have received.  You can’t read the Inquirer without someone mentioning Kyle Drabek, Michael Taylor, Lou Marson or Jason Donald.  Maybe some of the guys thought they could be replaced and starting playing like they can.  I don’t give this theory too much weight because these prospects aren’t ready and the Phillies are in a strong position for the pennant regardless of a few losses.  

2)       The current roster of players was just complacent.  This is the most logical theory.  As discussed numerous times, the players were just going through the motions.  Finally, they woke up and realized that they needed to play hard and play like they did last year to make a serious effort of a repeat.  

3)       The players were tired, injured and needed a break.  Considering the Phillies won the World Series back in November and then reported for Spring Training in March, these guys had little rest to recover from the nagging injuries.  After getting their legs and strength back during the beginning of the season, the Phillies were able to put together the wins.

4)       Raul Ibanez’s return the lineup and clubhouse may have sparked the rest of the team to play better.  Ibanez, not part of the last season’s squad, is playing extremely well and especially chasing that World Series championship.

I don’t know how they did it, but there is nothing better than watching the Phillies win and win consistently playing baseball the right way.

Also, Ryan Howard has his form back: Here’s his 200th:

Keep in mind that no matter how well the Phillies are playing right now, the Braves are playing excellent baseball and are only 6 games out of the division lead.  The Phillies need to continue to play well and take care of winning the important divisional games.

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