Bryce Harper Says 2024 Phillies are ‘Probably’ the Best Team He’s Been On

Bryce Harper Says 2024 Phillies are ‘Probably’ the Best Team He’s Been On

There’s something special brewing in Philadelphia.

The Phillies, who are in England this weekend for the MLB London Series against the New York Mets, are having a dominant first two-plus months of the season.

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The Phillies enter this weekend at 44-19, which is the best record in the National League and second-best in all of Major League Baseball behind the New York Yankees, who are 45-19.

They have the best starting rotation ERA in baseball at 2.64, and have scored the most runs per game in the NL at 5.08.

To say this team is clicking would be an understatement, and their best player knows it, too.

Bryce Harper was asked on MLB Network during the London Series festivities if the 2024 Phillies were the best team he’s ever been on. He thinks so.

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“Yeah, I mean, hands down, I think it’s one through nine, very, very, very good, and probably the best team I’ve been on,” Harper said. “Just for the pure fact of every man up and every mentality that we’ve had, each guy that’s been in our lineup… all of our bench guys, starter guys, everyone’s bought in, and I think that’s the best thing about us. We don’t care where you’re from, who are you, what you’ve done. What can you do to us today?”

The Phillies are coming off a month of May in which they went an incredible 20-7. They’ve had three different winning streaks of at least six games, and are in the midst of another three-game winning streak as they get set for two quick games in London.

They’ve already widened the gap in the NL East tremendously, as they enter the weekend with a 7.5-game lead over the second-place Atlanta Braves. Their dominance even led one Philadelphia sports-talk personality to prematurey crown the Phillies NL East division winners.

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While it’s a bit early to crown them the champs — although we at Newsweek Sports did the same in our “Way-Too-Early MLB Postseason Predictions” — the Phillies are definitely playing like a team that is ready to make a deep run in October.

The Phillies ended a 10-year postseason drought when they made the Wild Card in 2022, and ended up getting all the way to the World Series, where they lost in six games to the Houston Astros.

Then, in 2023, they again made the playoffs as a Wild Card, but this time lost in the NL Championship Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

This year, the Phillies will look to avoid the Wild Card round, and set themselves up for a cleaner path to the World Series. As the Phillies have proven over the last two seasons, though, anything can happen once the postseason rolls around.

Still, on paper, this team has all the makings of a championship-caliber team.