The Phillies finished the 2010 season with the best record in baseball for the first time in franchise history. Roy Halladay threw the 20th perfect game in baseball history on May 29 against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Satdium. The Phillies acquired Roy Oswalt before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline to give the Phillies arguably their strongest trio of starting pitchers (Halladay, Oswalt and Cole Hamels) in franchise history. Halladay threw a no-hitter in Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds, but the Phillies would not play in their third consecutive World Series. The Giants beat them in six games in the NLCS to end their season.
The 2011 season opened with Roy Halladay, Joe Blanton, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels sitting in order at a dais at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., where the Phillies introduced one of the greatest starting rotations in baseball history before the most highly-anticipated season in franchise history.
The Phillies lived up to the hype during the regular season. They won a franchise-record 102 games, cruising to their fifth consecutive National League East championship. But the season ended in disappointment after the St. Louis Cardinals bounced them for the National League Division Series in a dramatic five-game series.
In 2012, the Phillies missed the postseason for the first time since 2006 as a combination of injuries and subpar performances hurt them. They finished 81-81, their first non-winning season since 2002. Ryan Howard and Chase Utley missed about three months because of injuries. Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Vance Worley each spent time on the disabled list, with Halladay's right latissimus dorsi injury causing him problems the entire year. Things got so bad for the Phillies they traded Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino before the July 31 Trade Deadline. But the team finished 36-24 (.600), which was the fifth-best record in the National League after the July 31 Trade Deadline. Phillies starters ranked second in the league with a 3.39 ERA from July 31 through the end of the regular season after ranking ninth with a 4.07 ERA to that point. Phillies relievers ranked fourth in the league with a 2.81 ERA in that same timeframe after ranking 13th with a 4.50 ERA.
The Phillies entered 2013 hoping a healthier Roy Halladay, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley would propel them back to the postseason after missing October baseball in 2012 for the first time since 2006. But health was not in the cards for Halladay and Howard, and the front office's offseason moves failed to pay dividends. It led to Charlie Manuel being fired in August, and Ryne Sandberg taking over. In the end, the Phillies finished with their worst record since 2000. The bright spots? Utley generally stayed healthy. Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels pitched well. And Domonic Brown finally had his breakout season.
For the 2014 season, the Phillies finished in last place in the National League East for the first time since 2000, despite a franchise-record payroll. Nothing seemed to go right for the Phillies, who entered the season still believing they could compete with the best teams in the National League. But the rotation struggled to pitch deep into games, despite a masterful performance from Cole Hamels, and the offense failed to score consistently. Jimmy Rollins set the franchise's all-time hits record, passing Mike Schmidt. Other highlights included Ken Giles looking like the team's future closer.
The Phillies finished 2015 with the worst record in baseball with plenty of change along the way. Ryne Sandberg quit as manager in June with Pete Mackanin taking his place. Phillies partner John Middleton announced the following week that Andy MacPhail would replace Pat Gillick as team president after the season. The Phillies traded Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, Jonathan Papelbon, Ben Revere and Jake Diekman in July and August. MacPhail and Middleton announced in September that Ruben Amaro Jr. would not return as GM with MacPhail ultimately hiring Matt Klentak as Amaro's replacement. In between those leadership changes, the Phillies saw good things from young players like Maikel Franco, Aaron Nola, Odubel Herrera, Ken Giles and Jerad Eickhoff.
The Phillies made the 2016 season about the future, while also recognizing the tremendous accomplishments of the past. Ryan Howard played his final game with the Phillies on Oct. 2, and the Phillies acknowledged the moment with a memorable and emotional pregame ceremony. In fact, it might have been the highlight of the season as Howard was the final remaining player from the 2008 World Series championship team. The Phillies finished 71-91, an eight-game improvement from 2015 when they finished with the worst record in baseball. Former Rule 5 Draft pick Odubel Herrera made the National League All-Star team, the Phillies' only All-Star representative. New Phillies general manager Matt Klentak thinks the team has the makings of a solid rotation with Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff and Vince Velasquez. Other young pitchers like Jake Thompson, Zach Eflin and Alec Asher showed promise, too. Offensively, the Phillies had the worst offense in Major League Baseball, but they finished the season also believing they have some pieces that should be part of the next postseason contender, which includes Herrera and Maikel Franco.
The Phillies finished the 2017 season more excited about their future than when they started it, following encouraging performances from rookies Rhys Hoskins, Nick Williams, J.P. Crawford and Jorge Alfaro. Aaron Nola returned to form following an injury-plagued 2016. Aaron Altherr showed promise as a potential everyday outfielder. The Phillies were 34-64 on July 28, easily the worst record in baseball. But the Phillies went 30-32 the rest of the way - not bad considering they traded Jeremy Hellickson before the July 31 Trade Deadline and lost starters Clay Buchholz, Jerad Eickhoff, Vince Velasquez and Zach Eflin to injuries at different points of the season. The Phillies announced the final weekend of the season that Pete Mackanin would not return as manager. They hired Gabe Kapler to take his place in November.
Before the Phillies held their first full-squad workout in Spring Training in February of 2018, new Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said his team had the opportunity to "shock" people. The Phillies nearly did. They found themselves in first place in the National League East on Aug. 7 with a 64-49 record, which was the second-best record in the NL. But the Phillies went 16-33 the rest of the way to finish 80-82. It was a disappointing finish, but it was a 14-game improvement in the standings from 2017. It was progress. Aaron Nola developed into a legitimate ace, finishing third in NL Cy Young Award voting. Rhys Hoskins proved to be one of the better hitters in the league. And while the Phillies showed they have holes -- the rotation was one of the best in baseball through early August before struggling down the stretch -- they also showed enough improvement in enough places to have the organization feeling the best about its future since the end of the 2011 season.