The Philadelphia Phillies are a Major League Baseball franchise from Philadelphia, and have a unique history and not just in baseball, being the oldest single-name, single-city franchise in professional American sports. Playing their home games at Citizen Bank Park since 2004 in South Philadelphia, The Phillies have won two World Series Championships, in 1980 and more recently in 2008.
Despite those two successes, The Phillies have experienced perhaps more than their fair share of heartache, having struggled at numerous points of their MLB life. Indeed, from their inception to success in winning the 1980 World Series against the Kansas City Royals, they endured a 77-year drought – the longest period without winning the World Series of any of the other 16 teams in the MLB that century. Because of the sheer length of time they’ve been around, The Phillies, also known as The Fightin’ Phils, have the dubious honor of being the team who has lost the most games in Major League Baseball history.
With a distinctive history in the game, The Phillies are one of the best supported clubs in the MLB, and enjoyed their golden period of success between the years of 2008-2012, when they won four back-to-back National League East Division Championships, as well as the 2008 World Series, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays across five games that sealed only their second World Series win in their 126-year history. Pitcher Cole Hamels was named the NLCS and World Series MVP, after he went 4-0 in the 2008 post-season, and amazing record.
Since that golden few years, The Phillies have experienced a little more of the heartache that was associated with them previously. 2013 saw them post a record of 73-89, their first losing season since 2002, and one that cost their manager, Charlie Manuel, his job halfway through the season. He had been The Phillies’ manager for nine years, with a record of 780-636, and the man with the most managerial wins in Phillies history. Originally replaced by Ryne Sandberg, in 2015, he left and bench coach Pete Mackanin took over an interim manager.
Cole Hamels left in July 2015 after his final start against the Chicago Cubs saw the legendary pitcher strike out 13 hitters, only giving up two walks in the process. Going 5-0 against the Cubs, was a great send-off, but with Hamels and Diekman heading to Texas for a raft of new players, 2016 looks set to be a season of transition for the grand old baseball team. Philadelphia Phillies will survive – they always do.
Who Do The Philadelphia Phillies Play Next
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Philadelphia Phillies Game Schedule
The Philadelphia Phillies are back in action as the 2016 Major League Baseball season kicks off. Check out their opponents as the weeks progress right here:
Philadelphia Phillies Standings Today
The Philadelphia Phillies take part in the American League East Division. See if The Phillies can seal a winning season by keeping an eye on the full current standings right here:
Philadelphia Phillies Online Betting Tips
The Philadelphia Phillies will be a force to be reckoned with in 2016, and we expect them to make a great run at the MLB playoffs. Taking part in the American League East Division, we think that backing the Phillies to win home series in particular is a great idea, given their desperation to maintain their home ground’s fortress persona.
Add into your spread that the Philadelphia Phillies will likely go over 7.5 in the run betting, as in four of the first six games of the 2016 season.
The Phillies are strong enough hitters, combined with not being the tightest baseball team in the field, makes the over bet attractive, especially when up against equally attack-minded sides.
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