2015 Philadelphia Phillies season

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2015 Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia Phillies Insignia.svg
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Bill Giles
David Montgomery
General manager(s) Rubén Amaro, Jr. (dismissed September 10)
Scott Proefrock (interim)
Manager(s) Pete Mackanin (interim, beginning June 26)[1][2]
Ryne Sandberg (resigned June 26)[1]
Local television Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Comcast Network Philadelphia
NBC Philadelphia
(Tom McCarthy, Ben Davis, Matt Stairs, Mike Schmidt, Gregg Murphy)
Local radio Phillies Radio Network
WPHT 1210 AM & WIP 94.1 FM (English)
(Scott Franzke, Larry Andersen, Jim Jackson)
WTTM (Spanish)
(Danny Martinez, Bill Kulik, Rickie Ricardo)
Stats ESPN.com
BB-reference
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The 2015 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 133rd season in the history of the franchise, and its twelfth season at Citizens Bank Park. The team finished the season with a record of 63–99 (.389), the worst record in the majors, and missed the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season.

Offseason

Players becoming free agents

Trades and signings

Broadcasting changes

After only one season, Jamie Moyer departed the Phillies' broadcast booth. Comcast SportsNet hired Ben Davis, previously a pre-game and post-game analyst, to replace Moyer as a game analyst, working with Matt Stairs (another analyst), Tom McCarthy (play-by-play), Gregg Murphy (field reporter), and Mike Schmidt (analyst for weekend home games).[5][6]

Season standings

National League East

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Mets 90 72 0.556 49–32 41–40
Washington Nationals 83 79 0.512 7 46–35 37–44
Miami Marlins 71 91 0.438 19 41–40 30–51
Atlanta Braves 67 95 0.414 23 42–39 25–56
Philadelphia Phillies 63 99 0.389 27 37–44 26–55


National League Wild Card

Division Leaders W L Pct.
(1) St. Louis Cardinals 100 62 0.617
(2) Los Angeles Dodgers 92 70 0.568
(3) New York Mets 90 72 0.556


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
(4) Pittsburgh Pirates 98 64 0.605 +1
(5) Chicago Cubs 97 65 0.599
San Francisco Giants 84 78 0.519 13
Washington Nationals 83 79 0.512 14
Arizona Diamondbacks 79 83 0.488 18
San Diego Padres 74 88 0.457 23
Miami Marlins 71 91 0.438 26
Milwaukee Brewers 68 94 0.420 29
Colorado Rockies 68 94 0.420 29
Atlanta Braves 67 95 0.414 30
Cincinnati Reds 64 98 0.395 33
Philadelphia Phillies 63 99 0.389 34


Record vs. opponents

2015 National League Records

Source: NL Standings Head-to-Head
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL LAD MIA MIL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL WSH AL
Arizona 3–3 2–4 6–1 13–6 6–13 5–2 5–2 2–5 2–4 1–5 9–10 11–8 0–7 3–4 11–9
Atlanta 3–3 1–6 3–4 1–6 3–3 10–9 5–2 8–11 11–8 2–4 2–5 3–4 4–2 5–14 6–14
Chicago 4–2 6–1 13–6 4–2 3–4 3–3 14–5 7–0 2–5 11–8 3–3 5–2 8–11 4–3 10–10
Cincinnati 1–6 4–3 6–13 2–4 1–6 3–4 9–10 0–7 4–2 11–8 2–4 2–5 7–12 5–1 7–13
Colorado 6–13 6–1 2–4 4–2 8–11 2–5 5–1 0–7 5–2 1–6 7–12 11–8 3–4 3–3 5–15
Los Angeles 13–6 3–3 4–3 6–1 11–8 4–2 4–3 3–4 5–2 1–5 14–5 8–11 2–5 4–2 10–10
Miami 2–5 9–10 3–3 4–3 5–2 2–4 4–2 8–11 9–10 1–6 2–5 5–2 1–5 9–10 7–13
Milwaukee 2–5 2–5 5–14 10–9 1–5 3–4 2–4 3–3 7–0 10–9 5–2 1–5 6–13 3–4 8–12
New York 5–2 11–8 0–7 7–0 7–0 4–3 11–8 3–3 14–5 0–6 2–4 3–3 3–4 11–8 9–11
Philadelphia 4–2 8–11 5–2 2–4 2–5 2–5 10–9 0–7 5–14 2–5 5–1 1–5 2–5 7–12 8–12
Pittsburgh 5–1 4–2 8–11 8–11 6–1 5–1 6–1 9–10 6–0 5–2 5–2 6–1 9–10 3–4 13–7
San Diego 10–9 5–2 3–3 4–2 12–7 5–14 5–2 2–5 4–2 1–5 2–5 8–11 4–3 2–5 7–13
San Francisco 8–11 4–3 2–5 5–2 8–11 11–8 2–5 5–1 3–3 5–1 1–6 11–8 2–4 4–3 13–7
St. Louis 7–0 2–4 11–8 12–7 4–3 5–2 5–1 13–6 4–3 5–2 10–9 3–4 4–2 4–2 11–9
Washington 4–3 14–5 3–4 1–5 3–3 2–4 10–9 4–3 8–11 12–7 4–3 5–2 3–4 2–4 8–12


Game log

Legend
  Phillies win
  Phillies loss
  Postponement
Bold Phillies team member
2015 Game Log[7]
Overall Record: 63–99

Roster

All players who made an appearance for the Phillies during 2015 are included.[11]

2015 Philadelphia Phillies
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Season notes

Spring training

The Phillies entered spring training with rather low expectations for the upcoming season; in fact, Baseball Prospectus projected the Phillies would go 69–93, which would be the worst record in baseball.[12] Even Phillies' front office personnel conceded that the Phillies were unlikely to be particularly competitive, although eventually, acting team president Pat Gillick suggested the team could hover around .500, depending on whether the team stays healthy, and whether it trades some of its better players such as Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, or Jonathan Papelbon.[13] Nevertheless, manager Ryne Sandberg expressed optimism at the team's chances, noting they might "surprise some people" in what he called a "transition" season rather than a "rebuilding" one.[14] Among those transitions was at shortstop, where Freddy Galvis was expected to replace all-time Phillies' hits leader Jimmy Rollins.[15] Also, the Phillies sought to piece together an outfield. Domonic Brown moved from left field to right field in the offseason, and Ben Revere was the presumptive starter in center field, which left several players vying for playing time as reserves and situational players.[16] However, at one point Revere spent time in left field while Odubel Herrera played center field; Sandberg commented that Revere's arm may be a better fit in left, and that he was using spring training to experiment.[17]

"Darin Ruf could be a surprise guy for me. Cody Asche and Sizemore might be guys who can chip in. Who knows how many home runs they can hit? If we're just thinking about solid contact and more contact and cutting down strikeouts from the type of team we had last year, I think that will go a long way with us. Driving balls into the gaps and some of those doubles turning into home runs."

Phillies' manager Ryne Sandberg discussing Phillies lack of power hitters[18]

During spring training, the Phillies did not hit many home runs, which prompted Sandberg to note that throughout the season, the Phillies would play small ball to manufacture runs, especially via bunting and hit and run.[18] As part of that strategy, Sandberg announced that both Revere and Herrera would make the opening day roster, with Revere playing left field and Herrera playing center.[19]

Another key storyline for the Phillies was completing their starting rotation. Hamels, Lee, Aaron Harang, and Jerome Williams comprised the presumed first four in the rotation, but there was significant competition for the fifth starter spot.[20] Among the leading candidates was David Buchanan, who looked to improve after a rookie campaign during which he posted a 6–8 record with a 3.75 earned run average (ERA), and struggled with surrendering home runs.[21] Other candidates included Cuban import Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, who had failed to live up to expectations after the Phillies signed him as an international free agent due to injuries, among other factors, and Chad Billingsley, who was still recovering from two right elbow surgeries.[20] Late in spring training, after it became clear that Lee was going to miss significant time, the Phillies announced that Hamels, Harang, Williams, and Buchanan were their first four starters, and that there were both internal and external candidates to be the fifth starter. Hamels would start on opening day.[22] On the last day of spring training, the Phillies signed relief pitcher Dustin McGowan who, despite a track record as a reliever, could potentially start if the Phillies needed him to while they awaited the return of Billingsley from the disabled list.[23][24]

Ultimately, 12 pitchers, two catchers, seven infielders, and four outfielders comprised the Phillies opening day roster.[24]

  • Starting pitchers: David Buchanan, Aaron Harang, Cole Hamels, Jerome Williams
  • Relief pitchers: Justin De Fratus, Luis Garcia, Ken Giles, Jeanmar Gómez, Dustin McGowan, Jonathan Papelbon, Jake Diekman, Cesar Jimenez
  • Catchers: Carlos Ruiz, Cameron Rupp
  • Infielders: Cody Asche, Andrés Blanco, Freddy Galvis, Cesar Hernandez, Ryan Howard, Darin Ruf, Chase Utley
  • Outfielders: Jeff Francoeur, Odubel Herrera, Ben Revere, Grady Sizemore

April

After a "drubbing" on opening day in which the Phillies surrendered five home runs to lose 8–0 – their worst opening day shutout in team history – they rebounded to beat the Boston Red Sox in the series' second game behind a strong start from Aaron Harang that "closely emulated [the opening day starts] of the pitcher who made five consecutive opening-day starts for the Reds" before a loss in the rubber match during which David Buchanan pitched only three innings, allowing six runs, and snapping a streak of 16 starts in which Buchanan allowed three or fewer earned runs.[25][26][27] Against the NL East favorite Washington Nationals, the Phillies won two of three, including a 10-inning bout in which Darin Ruf hit a home run, and Cody Asche had three hits.[28][29]

The Phillies' third series of the year was against the New York Mets; both squads entered the series with a 3–3 record.[30] Despite one game in which Chase Utley homered twice and another in which Odubel Herrera notched three extra-base hits, the Mets swept the Phillies.[31][32][33] The team continued a road trip in Washington, and opened a four-game set with the Nationals by losing two, extending their losing streak to six games before beating the Nationals 5–3 thanks to strong offensive efforts from Herrera and Freddy Galvis, and a quality start from Harang.[34] Unable to build momentum, the Phillies lost the series finale to drop their record to 4–9 on the season.[35]

The Phillies entered their next series with the Marlins averaging only 2.46 runs per game, among the worst in the major leagues. However, they did win the first game of the series 7–3 thanks to home runs from Galvis and Ryan Howard, and a two-RBI triple from Ben Revere.[35] The woeful offense manifested itself during the remainder of the series, as the squad mustered only two total runs, losing both games.[36][37] The homestand continued with a series against the Atlanta Braves. After winning the first game 1–0 thanks to a strong start from Harang and a late-inning error by Freddie Freeman and losing the second game 5–2 with Buchanan's fourth loss of the season, the Phillies took the rubber match when Howard hit his second home run of the series (third of the season).[38][39]

The team's final series of the month was a four-game set in St. Louis to face the Cardinals. Notwithstanding heating trade rumors including a potential deal to the Cardinals, Hamels picked up his first win of the season, leading the Phillies to a 4–1 victory.[40] The next evening, Panamanian rookie Severino González made his major league debut, but was unsuccessful, relinquishing seven runs in 223 innings as the Phillies lost 11–5.[41] The Phillies also lost the final two games, and finished the month of April with an 8–15 record, their worst April record since 2002.[42]

The team's .223 batting average was also the worst in the National League; they also ranked last or tied for last in the NL in runs, runs per game, and home runs. The bullpen was markedly better than the starting rotation; the former ranked fourth in the NL in ERA, while the latter ranked 13th.[43] As of the end of the month, Chase Utley had a .114 batting average, the worst in the major leagues.[44] Meanwhile, Harang posted a rotation-leading 2.51 ERA in 3213 innings pitched during the month, and was even mentioned as a potential candidate to be traded to a contending team.[45][46]

May

The Phillies began the month by reshuffling their pitching staff, optioning David Buchanan (0–5, 8.76 ERA in April) to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, recalling Elvis Araújo (who conspicuously had similar struggles in the minor leagues), and preparing to add Chad Billingsley to the starting rotation.[47]

Statistics

Through August 25, 2015

Batting

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Base on balls; SO = Strikeouts; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG SB
Aaron Altherr, OF 39 137 25 33 11 4 5 22 16 41 .241 6
Elvis Araújo, P 40 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 0
Cody Asche, LF 129 425 41 104 22 3 12 39 26 111 .245 1
Phillippe Aumont, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 0
Chad Billingsley, P 7 13 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 5 .077 0
Andrés Blanco, 3B 106 233 32 68 22 3 7 25 21 44 .292 1
Domonic Brown, RF 63 189 19 43 6 1 5 25 14 36 .228 3
David Buchanan, P 9 14 1 2 1 0 0 1 2 6 .143 0
Kevin Correia, P 5 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .167 0
Jordan Danks, LF 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 0
Justin De Fratus, P 61 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 0
Jerad Eickhoff, P 8 14 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 7 .143 0
Maikel Franco, 3B 80 304 45 85 22 1 14 50 26 52 .280 1
Jeff Francoeur, RF 119 326 34 84 16 1 13 45 13 77 .258 0
Freddy Galvis, SS 151 559 63 147 14 5 7 50 30 103 .263 10
Severino González, P 7 10 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 4 .100 0
Cole Hamels, P 20 39 2 6 1 0 0 0 0 15 .154 0
Aaron Harang, P 29 48 4 8 1 0 0 0 1 18 .167 0
César Hernández, 2B 127 405 57 110 20 4 1 35 40 86 .272 19
Odubel Herrera, CF 147 495 64 147 30 3 8 41 28 129 .297 16
Ryan Howard, 1B 129 467 53 107 29 1 23 77 27 138 .229 0
Adam Loewen, P 20 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 0
Dustin McGowan, P 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 0
Adam Morgan, P 15 26 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 12 .077 0
Héctor Neris, P 32 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 0
Aaron Nola, P 13 23 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 16 .087 0
Sean O'Sullivan, P 13 20 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 10 .100 0
Ben Revere, OF 96 366 49 109 13 6 1 26 19 36 .298 24
Darin Ruf, 1B 106 268 30 63 12 0 12 39 21 69 .235 1
Carlos Ruiz, C 86 284 23 60 13 1 2 22 28 43 .211 1
Cameron Rupp, C 81 270 24 63 9 1 9 28 24 71 .233 0
Grady Sizemore, RF 39 98 4 24 5 0 0 6 6 23 .245 0
Darnell Sweeney, CF 37 85 9 15 4 1 3 11 13 27 .176 0
Chase Utley, 2B 73 249 23 54 12 1 5 30 22 35 .217 3
Jerome Williams, P 33 31 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 14 .065 0

Pitching

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits allowed; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; HR = Home runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB K
Elvis Araújo 2 1 3.38 40 0 0 34.2 29 16 13 1 19 34
Phillippe Aumont 0 1 13.50 1 1 0 4.0 5 6 6 2 7 3
Chad Billingsley 2 3 5.84 7 7 0 37.0 53 26 24 5 8 15
David Buchanan 2 9 6.99 15 15 0 74.2 109 58 58 12 29 44
Kevin Correia 0 3 6.56 5 5 0 23.1 37 23 17 4 8 14
Justin De Fratus 0 2 5.51 61 0 0 80.0 92 52 49 9 32 68
Jake Diekman 2 1 5.15 41 0 0 36.2 40 23 21 3 24 49
Jerad Eickhoff 3 3 2.65 8 8 0 51.0 40 15 15 5 13 49
Jeff Francoeur 0 0 9.00 1 0 0 2.0 1 2 2 1 3 1
Luis García 4 6 3.51 72 0 2 66.2 72 27 26 4 37 63
Ken Giles 6 3 1.80 69 0 15 70.0 59 21 14 2 25 87
Jeanmar Gómez 2 3 3.01 65 0 0 74.2 82 27 25 4 17 50
Severino González 3 3 7.92 7 7 0 30.2 44 27 27 5 7 28
Cole Hamels 6 7 3.64 20 20 0 128.2 113 53 52 12 39 137
Aaron Harang 6 15 4.86 29 29 0 172.1 189 99 93 26 51 108
Dalier Hinojosa 2 0 0.78 18 0 0 23.0 15 2 2 1 8 21
César Jiménez 0 0 0.00 3 0 0 3.1 1 0 0 0 0 4
Adam Loewen 1 0 6.98 20 0 0 19.1 20 15 15 3 17 22
Dustin McGowan 1 2 6.94 14 1 0 23.1 29 21 18 7 20 21
Adam Morgan 5 7 4.48 15 15 0 84.1 88 43 42 14 17 49
Héctor Neris 2 2 3.79 32 0 0 40.1 38 17 17 8 10 41
Aaron Nola 6 2 3.59 13 13 0 77.2 74 31 31 11 19 68
Sean O'Sullivan 1 6 6.08 13 13 0 71.0 94 49 48 16 20 35
Jonathan Papelbon 2 1 1.59 37 0 17 39.2 31 9 7 3 8 40
Seth Rosin 0 0 22.50 1 0 0 2.0 7 5 5 1 1 0
Jerome Williams 4 12 5.80 33 21 1 121.0 161 83 78 22 34 74

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs International League Dave Brundage
AA Reading Fightin Phils Eastern League Dusty Wathan
A-Advanced Clearwater Threshers Florida State League Greg Legg
A Lakewood BlueClaws South Atlantic League Shawn Williams
A-Short Season Williamsport Crosscutters New York–Penn League Pat Borders
Rookie GCL Phillies Gulf Coast League Roly de Armas
Rookie VSL Phillies Venezuelan Summer League
Rookie DSL Phillies Dominican Summer League Manny Amador

Notes

  1. The game on June 27, 2015, began but was called after 112 innings with the score tied 0–0.

External links

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