Now this comparison is playing out before our eyes.
In addition to a new manager and similar offseason signings, the 2018 Phillies have continued to mirror the 2015 Cubs as the season has gone on.
Like the Phillies, the Cubs didn't make a splash at the trade deadline. They traded for starting pitcher Dan Haren and believe it or not, relief pitcher Tommy Hunter.
After 111 games, both teams record is 63-48.
This is right where the 2015 Cubs took off. They would go 34-17 down the stretch to end the season at 97-65.
You may think a record of 97-65 for the Phillies would be ridiculous, but only 15 of their final 51 games are against teams that are currently in the playoffs, and only 27 of the 51 are against teams currently over .500.
The 2018 Phillies aren't an exact replica of the 2015 Cubs, but they are weirdly similar.
Like the Cubs, the Phillies are a team that is a year ahead of schedule and has exceeded all expectations thus far.
Winning is a contagious thing. There is no reason to believe that the Phillies will not have a strong end to this season. Hopefully they will continue to grow and eventually win a World Series of their own.
The 2015 Cubs would make it to the NLCS before losing to the Mets in 4 games.
I think all Phillies fans would be happy with a NLCS appearance.
The best part about the 2018 Phillies is that this is only the beginning!