To say the Philadelphia Phillies are having an awful year is, at this point, a gross understatement.
Granted, they aren't as bad as some of the worst teams in baseball. But based on the way they play some of their games, it sure seems like it. They did win two of three from the Minnesota Twins this week, but the game they lost was horrendous, and their win on Wednesday night that should have come easily was very close in the end.
Despite their struggles this season, the Phillies have managed to remain in striking distance in the NL East. Yes, they are dead last in the division, nine games out of first place with their 31-34 record. But even with their injuries and hitting and pitching issues, the Phils are still holding on.
With some of their most severe injuries coming to some of their biggest contributors, players like Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Roy Halladay, there's a reason why the Phillies have struggled. In light of these injuries, though, the Phils have held their own, and they deserve credit for at least being able to do that.
Here's how the Phillies have managed to stay afloat.