2015 Philadelphia Phillies season
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.
|2015 Philadelphia Phillies|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Rubén Amaro, Jr. (dismissed September 10)|
Scott Proefrock (interim)
|Manager(s)||Pete Mackanin (interim, beginning June 26)|
Ryne Sandberg (resigned June 26)
|Local television||Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia|
Comcast Network 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)
(Danny Martinez, Bill Kulik, Rickie Ricardo)
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Players becoming free agents
- A. J. Burnett – Signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates for one year. – 11/14/14
- Kyle Kendrick – Signed with the Colorado Rockies for one year. 2/4/15
- Mike Adams – Signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers – 3/1/15
- Wil Nieves – Signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres – 2/4/15
Trades and signings
- October 21, 2014 – Re-signed pitcher Jerome Williams to a one-year deal.
- October 23, 2014 – Re-signed Grady Sizemore to a one-year deal.
- December 10, 2014 – Traded Antonio Bastardo to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Joely Rodriguez
- December 19, 2014 – Traded Jimmy Rollins and cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor leaguers Tom Windle and Zach Eflin
- December 31, 2014 – Traded Marlon Byrd and cash to the Cincinnati Reds for RHP Ben Lively
- January 5, 2015 – Signed Aaron Harang to a one-year deal worth $5 million,that includes performance bonuses.
- January 29, 2015 – Signed Chad Billingsley to a one-year deal
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).
National League EastEdit
|New York Mets||90||72||0.556||—||49–32||41–40|
National League Wild CardEdit
|St. Louis Cardinals||100||62||0.617|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||92||70||0.568|
|New York Mets||90||72||0.556|
Wild Card teams|
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
|San Francisco Giants||84||78||0.519||13|
|San Diego Padres||74||88||0.457||23|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
2015 National League Records
Source: NL Standings Head-to-Head
|Bold||Phillies team member|
|2015 Game Log|
Overall Record: 63–99
All players who made an appearance for the Phillies during 2015 are included.
|2015 Philadelphia Phillies|
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. 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. 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. Among those transitions was at shortstop, where Freddy Galvis was expected to replace all-time Phillies' hits leader Jimmy Rollins. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Ultimately, 12 pitchers, two catchers, seven infielders, and four outfielders comprised the Phillies opening day roster.
- 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
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. 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.
The Phillies' third series of the year was against the New York Mets; both squads entered the series with a 3–3 record. 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. 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. Unable to build momentum, the Phillies lost the series finale to drop their record to 4–9 on the season.
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. The woeful offense manifested itself during the remainder of the series, as the squad mustered only two total runs, losing both games. 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).
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. The next evening, Panamanian rookie Severino González made his major league debut, but was unsuccessful, relinquishing seven runs in 22⁄3 innings as the Phillies lost 11–5. 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.
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. As of the end of the month, Chase Utley had a .114 batting average, the worst in the major leagues. Meanwhile, Harang posted a rotation-leading 2.51 ERA in 321⁄3 innings pitched during the month, and was even mentioned as a potential candidate to be traded to a contending team.
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.
Through August 25, 2015
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
|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|
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
|Justin De Fratus||0||2||5.51||61||0||0||80.0||92||52||49||9||32||68|
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