Few teams could use a jump start more than the Philadelphia Phillies this season.
For the months of April and June, the Phils were not able to string together more than two consecutive wins. In the month of May, the Phils were able to win six consecutive games and four consecutive games on separate occasions. However, these two win streaks were eventually followed by four- and six-game losing streaks.
With consistency proving difficult to find throughout the first half of the season, the Phillies could use a way to jump start the team so that win streaks become more common and losing streaks occur less frequently.
Enter Chase Utley.
After missing 76 games, Utley has returned to the Phillies’ lineup at the most crucial point in the season.
Although Utley’s return will not single-handedly push the team to the top of the National League East, it will still give the Phils the boost they need while they await the returns of other players, such as Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay.
Here are five reasons why Utley’s return will jump start the Phillies.