When the season began, the Philadelphia Phillies' roster looked unstoppable, drawing comparisons to historic starting rotations and sporting the same offensive core as in successful years past. Six months and a regular season later, Philadelphia’s ball club is exactly where it should be.
So why doesn’t this year feel like the dream season fans seemed to expect?
For one, excitement for the postseason in Philadelphia has been quelled due to the recent struggles of the club. So what if the Phillies have nothing left to play for? The past week has seen the team go on their longest losing streak since an eight-game skid over a decade ago. Looking like a squad with nothing left in the tank, just before they embark on a postseason quest for a title, have warranted cries of concern.
The way in which the 2011 campaign is coming to a close for the Phillies is also tarnishing the accomplishments a team with so much potential could have achieved. Though Philadelphia’s legacy will ultimately be decided by the need to plan for a parade, celebrated team records and individual bests are becoming unattainable as October approaches.
The Phillies’ dream season was predicted to feature award-winning pitching, revenge for a premature exit last season and a World Series appearance. Here are five reasons why this year could fall short of reaching its true potential for the Phillies.