Phillies fans may want to close their eyes (if they aren’t already closed), because the 2015 team is 29-62 at this All-Star break. That record looks horrendous on paper, but it gets even worse when put in a historical perspective.
With 62 losses, the Phils clinched the most losses for a team before the break in the franchise’s history. This new dismal accomplishment stretches back 82 years since the Midsummer Classic began in 1933.
The other significance of this utter devastating record is that this year’s team has now lost more games than the 2011 did their entire season with 60.
That was a team, however, that won a franchise best 102 games, but it is hard to swallow that in just four short years the franchise could put up a complete opposite record, possibly even worse.
Right now, the team is posting a winning percentage of .319, good enough to give Philly a strong possibility of finishing dead last in baseball. The Brewers hold a nine game lead over the Phils with a .422 percentage.
With the worst record in the MLB already in hand and the worst record in franchise history at the All-Star break already solidified, the team will look to avoid setting the worst record in the 133 years of its existence.
Luckily for Pete Mackanin and company, they don’t have to fear the embarrassment of becoming the worst team in franchise history. The very first Philadelphia team did that in 1883 with a record of 17-81, when they were known as the Quakers.
They do have the chance of becoming the worst team in the modern era, as the 1942 team went 42-109. This would mean over the second-half of the season the Phils would have to win less than 14 games. If this is what is in store, Phillies fans may want to keep their eyes closed.