The Phillies have been hot so far this year, and they have a number of people to thank.
Their bats have been extremely hot this year, and it is thanks to people we knew would do well.
But it is also thanks to people that completely surprised us. Most of the people on this list are relatively new, or just started heating up in previous years.
Here it is, the 5 Most Surprising Phillies This Year.
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After being acquired from Oakland last year, Blanton has pitched very well for his new team.
Early on this year, he pitched well but was always hurt by one bad inning.
He has pitched well of late and has the lowest ERA by a Phillies starter, excluding newly acquired pitcher Cliff Lee.
When the Phillies signed Feliz last year, we all knew we were getting a defensive upgrade at third base. Now we all know we got a solid bat as well.
After batting .249 with 14 home runs and 58 RBIs last year, Feliz is batting .287 with 6 home runs and 53 RBIs so far this year.
We have to thank Pat Gillick and Charlie Manuel for Jayson Werth.
Gillick took a chance signing him even though he was hurt, just as Manuel took a shot making him the starting right fielder.
After splitting time with Geoff Jenkins last year, Werth has proved to be a perfect fit in the daily lineup. He was an All-Star this year and will clearly set a number of career highs.
He has definitely shown his "Werth". (Haha)
J.A. Happ has proven why I should be a major league scout.
I liked him right from the get go, just as I did with Ryan Howard, who I liked before he had his monster season in 2004 with Reading.
Happ pitched well last year, and his success has carried over into this year.
He lost the competition for the fifth starter's job in spring training, but he was named a starter after Chan Ho Park struggled.
He is 7-2 with a 2.97 ERA and 76 strikeouts. He is definitely putting up numbers worthy of Rookie of the Year.
People, let's face it. All we knew was that the Phillies were getting a better fielder with some pop in his bat as a replacement of Pat Burrell.
I don't think anyone expected Ibanez to be this good.
The 37-year old Ibanez is on pace to set career highs in home runs, batting average, and RBIs.
Ibanez was the early choice as NL MVP, and still is a candidate. He would've been the clear choice had he not been injured. Now he needs to battle it out with Albert Pujols.