For the critics who said that the Philadelphia Phillies would be an average to below-average team in 2013 before the season...well, you were right.
The good news? The Phillies climbed above .500 on Thursday. The bad news? It's not Thursday anymore, and the Phillies went from a five-game winning streak to a three-game slump and now sit at 31-33.
In terms of trade deadline implications, they could either buy or sell at this point, though with a few more losses without wins to boot, the latter becomes more likely. But I'll save that point for later.
However, a select few players on the Phillies have lived up to their standards or, more importantly, defied the standards which the public placed upon them. Here's a list of five players who have surpassed the threshold of what was expected of them in 2013.