The Phillies rank sixth in baseball this season with an average attendance of 38,418. That's pretty good for a fourth-place team.
In fact, more people paid Tuesday to watch them play the Colorado Rockies, another mediocre team, than in Baltimore, where the postseason-hopeful Orioles faced Tampa Bay.
But attendance issues are all relative, as the Phillies are learning.
Through 62 home dates, the Phils have averaged 6,007 fewer fans per game in 2013 than last season. That drop is eclipsed only by the sad-sack Miami Marlins, who are drawing 9,196 fewer people per game.
Since 2008, when the Phillies won the World Series, Citizens Bank Park has developed a reputation as one of the game's best atmospheres. From 2009 through last season - when the Phillies won with great frequency - the team averaged no fewer than 44,021 fans per game. And they peaked at 45,441 in 2011.