Leave it to the Philadelphia Phillies to jump back into a postseason race after seemingly being on the brink of destruction just a few short weeks ago.
But that's the kind of year it's been for the Phillies. Just when you've accepted the fact that they were dealt a bad hand out of the gate and folded at the trade deadline—they go and rattle off a big winning streak and jump into the Wild Card hunt.
So what's the difference? Why are the Phillies playing so much better right now than they were early in the season?
Well, one of the biggest factors is their return to health. Any time you add guys like Roy Halladay, Chase Utley, and Ryan Howard, you are going to get any worse.
But that's not the only factor. Not only did those guys give this club a boost with their return to the active roster, but other players are just playing better.
Thee is some youth on this club now and they're revitalized. One way to see the difference is to tell a player's story through a single statistic—what made him good or bad?
Maybe then we can see why this team is clicking right now.