No team in the National League has played to a better winning percentage than the Phillies since the All-Star break. The Phils went 23-12 in their first 35 games since the break. That .657 winning percentage is tied for the third-best in baseball and trails only two AL teams. The Yankees have gone 27-9 since the break (.790) and the Angels are 25-11 (.694). The Cardinals have matched the Phils in the second half, also playing to a 23-12 record in their 35 games since the break.

In the first half of the year the Phils went 48-38 for a .558 winning percentage. That mark was fifth-best in all of baseball. The Yankees, Red Sox and Angels all posted better marks while the Dodgers went 56-32 for a .636 winning percentage that was the best for either league. The Giants were also fantastic before the break. They put up a 49-39 record, which gave them the sixth-best winning percentage in either league just a tick behind the Phillies.

The Dodgers and the Giants have both struggled in the second half. The Dodgers are 18-19 and the Giants 18-18. LA maintains a 3 1/2 game in the NL West while the Giants are three games out in the Wild Card hunt.

The Phillies have improved overall in the second-half because their pitching has been much better. Here’s the rate at which the Phillies have scored runs before and after the All-Star break this season:

  W-L G R R/G NL Rank
R/G
First Half 48-38 86 460 5.35 1
Second Half 23-12 35 181 5.17 4

So in the 35 games after the break the Phillies have played to a .657 winning percentage and in the 86 games before the break they played to a .558 winning percentage, but they scored more runs per game before the break. In the first half there was no NL team that scored more runs per game. In the second-half the Braves, Rockies and Brewers all have scored more runs per game. That probably means they have been a lot better at preventing runs in the second half. They have.

  W-L G RA RA/G NL Rank
RA/G
First Half 48-38 86 412 4.79 13
Second Half 23-12 35 126 3.60 3

The Phillies were thirteenth-best of the 16 NL teams at preventing runs in the first half of the season. They are third-best in the second half of the year and have allowed more than a run less per game in the second-half of the year.

Only the Braves have allowed fewer runs per game in the second-half of the season. The Cardinals and the Phillies are tied behind the Braves — both St Louis and the Phillies have allowed 126 runs in their first 35 games of the second half.

Notably, the Braves have both scored more runs per game than the Phillies and allowed fewer runs per game than the Phillies in the second-half of the season. The Phils have managed the better winning percentage, though, going 23-12 (.657) while the Braves have gone 23-13 (.639).

The Phillies have gone 7-2 in nine games since the last post. They took two of three from the Braves in Atlanta, swept the Diamondbacks at home and won two of the first three games of a four-game set against the Mets in New York.

Dobbs strained his right calf in Friday’s game and was put on the DL. Cairo was called up to take his roster spot and Bastardo was put on the DL to make room for Cairo on the 40-man roster.

Brett Myers was supposed to pitch for the Single-A BlueClaws yesterday but the game was rained out. This suggests that Myers may be ready to return to the Phillies by early September.