The Philadelphia Phillies entered the All-Star break with a shockingly bad record of 37-50, which puts them 14 games back in the division and 10 games back in the Wild Card.
If you would have told me that this would be the case before the season started, I would have laughed in your face.
I mean, look at the talent.
Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels should be the best top three starters on any team in baseball. Instead, the team has a 4.23 ERA, which ranks 22nd in the league.
The offense should be hitting better with runners in scoring position, as the Phillies rank 15th in the league in runs scored with 368.
Ryan Howard and Chase Utley are back, which gives Phillies fans some hope, but it will take a whole lot of improvement and even more luck for this team to get into the playoffs.
A lot of things aren't going according to plan for the Phightin' Phils, which makes midseason awards a bit of a challenge, but I gave it my best effort.