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Can’t watch the sinking Phillies? Here are five reasons to tune in

June 1st, 2017 at 2:02 PM
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The Phillies needed just five weeks to go from intriguing to unwatchable. They landed in Los Angeles on April 28 as winners of six in a row. They have since lost 25 of 31 games to finish with the worst May record, 6-22, in 89 years.

Their pitchers had baseball’s worst ERA, 5.49, in May, and the offense had the third-worst OPS, .676. The Phillies start June with baseball’s worst record and are on pace for 108 losses. They seem to be staring at an ugly summer, and there are plenty of reasons – 34, as in losses already, to be exact – to tune out.

But here are five reasons to keep watching:

1. Aaron Altherr

What should the Phillies do to snap out of their funk?

Altherr has had an excellent first two months. Now he’ll have to sustain it. Altherr began the season as the fourth outfielder before emerging once Howie Kendrick hit the disabled list. Altherr is batting .299 with a .936 OPS in his first 144 at-bats. He is the team’s most fluid defender and can play all three outfield positions gracefully.

Kendrick is back from the disabled list but is not carving into Altherr’s playing time. The Phillies have seven outfielders between double A and the majors who are contenders for future roles. The season’s final four months will be Altherr’s chance to make his case.

2. Prospects are coming

General manager Matt Klentak said Wednesday that the Phillies are not going to “make a short-sided decision to help this club at the expense of a player’s development in the minor leagues. We’re not going to rush a player to …

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