When it comes to the quality of our sports teams, the past few summers have been pretty rough in the Delaware Valley.
The Phillies were mostly horrendous for half a decade before they began to turn the corner last season.
And the Union finally straightened things out last year, only to lose again in the U.S. Open Cup final and bomb out in the first round of the playoffs.
But after a pair of wins last night, the Phils beating the Tigers 7-3 and the Union handling Cincinnati 2-0, both teams are at the top of their respective divisions.
The Phillies have a two game lead on the Braves and Mets in the NL East:
And the Union have the best goal differential of the three Eastern Conference MLS teams that are currently sitting on 17 points through ten games, after the jump:
Yeah, it’s only May 2nd, so there’s a lot of baseball and soccer left to play, but this is significant because it’s only the second time in history that the Phillies and Union have been atop their respective standings at the same time.
Unless I’m wrong, the only other time this happened was in 2011, when the Union started out 3-1 in their second season under Peter Nowak, while the Phillies jumped out to a 5-1 start with a sweep of the Astros and a series victory against the Mets. Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Roy Oswalt helped the Phils to three straight wins before Cole Hamels got roughed up at Citizens Bank Park to the tune of six runs.
The Union had ripped off a road win in Houston, a home win against Vancouver, and lost to the eventual champion LA Galaxy before coming back to beat Thierry Henry’s New York Red Bulls on national TV with a second-half Roger Torres goal.
And you see that star I put in the MLS table? Technically Toronto FC does have a better points per game number than the Union. Some people got angry with me for pointing that out last night, but it is what it is. Yes, the Union have more total points than TFC, but Toronto has earned more points per 90 minutes than Philly. The wonky nature of MLS scheduling creates discrepancies that you just don’t see in other sports.
Either way, enjoy it. The summers around here have been pretty boring since 2013, so it’s nice to see that both the Phils and Union are gonna be decent this year. Otherwise, we’d be sitting around waiting for the Eagles season to start, beating the same topics into the ground repeatedly.