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Sep 16, 2019
Last gasp for Phillies as they open rough trip in Atlanta

Last gasp for Phillies as they open rough trip in Atlanta

If the Phillies have a final gasp in their postseason dreams, it'll come under heavy duress this week as the club embarks on a brutal 11-game road trip that opens on Tuesday in Atlanta. With 14 games remaining the Phils sit 4 1/2 games out of a Wild Card spot and face the division-leading Braves for three games, then head to Cleveland for three before completing this grueling trip with five games in Washington. “My only concern is the step right in front of us,” manager Gabe Kapler told reporters after Sunday’s 6-3 loss against Boston. “That's winning the game (Tuesday night) in...
Sep 9, 2019
Phillies enter series with Braves on the outside looking in

Phillies enter series with Braves on the outside looking in

The Phillies kept their postseason hopes alive this past weekend, taking two of three from the Mets up in New York. The club now welcomes the red-hot division-leading Atlanta Braves to Philly for a pivotal four-game set.Aaron Nola will make the start for the Phils in the opener, aiming to bounce back from a less than stellar outing this past Wednesday in Cincinnati where he surrendered five runs over four innings. He's been the Phillies best starter since just before the All-Star break, posting a 2.58 ERA over his last 15 starts. The Braves counter tonight with righty Mike Foltynewicz who has...
Sep 6, 2019
Odds are becoming long for the Phils to reach the postseeason

Odds are becoming long for the Phils to reach the postseeason

The NL East is the most competitive division in the National League.The Braves lead the way with 87 wins. The Washington Nationals are in second-place with 78 wins. The Phils are in third, with 72 wins, followed by the Mets, who are making a run for the middle of the division with 71 wins. The Marlins are toasted, so far, losing 89 games this season.The best sportsbooks online have the Philadelphia Phillies at 60-1 to win-out in October. These odds are a bit strange since the Mets are only 50-1, and are still a game behind.So if the Phils are sitting in third place in the NL East, what is...
Aug 31, 2019
Mets trounce Phillies as bullpen implodes late

Mets trounce Phillies as bullpen implodes late

It wasn't just another loss on Friday night, it was a near-fatal blow that now leaves the Phillies 3 1/2 games off the pace in the Wildcard chase. It was a waste of a stellar outing from Aaron Nola. It was a disaster.The bullpen combined to surrender 10 runs over the final two frames in an 11-5 loss to the Mets at Citizens Bank Park. This after Nola tossed six shutout innings before surrendering a run in the seventh.From there, things spiraled out of control.Jared Hughes, Mike Morin, and Edwin Garcia combined to surrender three long balls and 10 runs. “Every game is so valuable right now,...
Aug 30, 2019
Phillies welcome the stumbling Mets to South Philly for an important weekend set

Phillies welcome the stumbling Mets to South Philly for an important weekend set

The Phillies have an opportunity this weekend to deliver a fatal blow to the Mets and their postseason chances while elevating their own with a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park. Entering play today, the Phillies are on the outside looking in at the Wildcard race - sitting 2 1/2 games behind the Cubs for the second slot. The Mets, meanwhile, sit five games off the pace and desperately need to secure a series win this weekend to snap a current six-game losing skid.Aaron Nola, who has been outstanding for the better part of the last two months, will start tonight's opener for the Phillies....
Aug 27, 2019
Three things to keep an eye on as Phillies roll into the final month

Three things to keep an eye on as Phillies roll into the final month

As tumultuous as things seem right now with the Phillies, the club somehow sits a single game off the pace in the hunt for a Wildcard berth. It's astounding to think about how many issues surround this team, and yet here they are entering the final month of the season with a legitimate chance to reach the postseason. To make that leap though the club will have to recalibrate and rely on someone else other than Aaron Nola to dominate a ballgame. Here are three things to watch for as the Phils enter the final stretch:Thing 1: Hustle. Cesar Hernandez should have been benched immediately for his...
Aug 23, 2019
Phillies hope to keep streak going against the Marlins

Phillies hope to keep streak going against the Marlins

The Phillies head south tonight to Miami for a weekend set after sweeping Boston in a two-game series in Fenway Park, marking a strong start to an important five-game road trip. Though the Marlins are in last place in the NL East, they've given the Phillies fits this season. That needs to change here if the Phillies hope to continue their run at a potential postseason berth.The Marlins are 1-9 in their last 10 contests and have posted a 6.91 ERA over that span. Hector Noesi will start the opener and he's 0-3 with a 9.39 ERA. The Phillies counter with Vince Velasquez who is 5-7 with a 4.35...
Aug 20, 2019
Aaron Nola tosses another gem to lift Phillies to big win over Red Sox

Aaron Nola tosses another gem to lift Phillies to big win over Red Sox

Aaron Nola did exactly what a big game pitcher is supposed to do during a playoff push. He tossed seven solid frames while surrendering just two runs on four hits to carry the Phillies to a much needed 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night at Fenway Park. The Phils’ bats jumped on Red Sox starter Brian Johnson in the opening frame, sending eight batters to the plate with Jean Segura collecting the highlight of the inning with a two-run double. Scott Kingery chipped in two batters later with an RBI-single. From there though, the bats cooled off and the Phillies failed to have...
Aug 20, 2019
Phillies set to open quick series in Boston with the Red Sox

Phillies set to open quick series in Boston with the Red Sox

The Phillies head north to Boston for a quick two-game set with Red Sox set to open on Tuesday night. Following a thrilling three-game sweep of the Cubs at Citizens Bank Park, the Phils finished this past homestand with a 4-2 mark after dropping two of three to the Padres over the weekend.The Phillies enter play today tied with the Mets at two games off the pace for the final National League Wild Card spot. "It an important series in Boston, no doubt," said Rhys Hoskins following Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Padres. "It'll be electric in Fenway Park and we just need to go out and do what we need...
Aug 18, 2019
Phillies drop second straight to Padres; Harper lifted early

Phillies drop second straight to Padres; Harper lifted early

As hot as the Phillies have been at the plate as of late, that momentum failed to carry into Sunday's series finale with the Padres. The club mustered just four hits en route to a 3-2 loss at Citizens Bank Park.Padres' starter Joey Lucchesi tossed six innings, surrendering two runs on three hits. He struck out four and walked a pair."Frustrating to lose today's game," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "I'm really proud though of the grind in the at-bats. We saw 110-pitches off their starter and saw 27 pitches with three outs in the ninth inning."The Phillies scored one run in the opening...