2:17 AM EDT, Thu September 23, 2021
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We will never speak of this series again: Phillies 4, Orioles 3

We will never speak of this series again: Phillies 4, Orioles 3

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Just take the series win and move on Was this a “must win” game? Of course it was. Not only do the Phillies need to win every single game they can down the stretch here, they also cannot give away games against weak competition. They already did once this series, so letting it happen again could not happen. Luckily, they had Zack Wheeler on the mound. Wheeler was excellent yet again tonight against the Orioles. After a month of August where he stumbled often, he has been the polar opposite in September, limiting damage almost all...
8 hours ago
Gamethread 9/22: Orioles at Phillies

Gamethread 9/22: Orioles at Phillies

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports It’s Wheeler Win Day Last night was a gift. The Orioles gave the Phillies a win and tonight, they need to take advantage. I kind of refrain from calling games “must win” because each one is a must win. If you’re not winning, what are you doing? Luckily, it’s Zach Wheeler Day and that day is at home, where Wheeler has been excellent this year. Of course those could be damning words, but I feel comfortable with this game. Here are the lineups. For the Phillies: Wheels up. : @NBCSPhilly : @SportsRadioWIP :...
19 hours ago
Rise and Phight: 9/22/2021

Rise and Phight: 9/22/2021

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Win the game today please Your favorite part of last night’s game was the ending, I’ll bet. Mine was watching Joe Girardi get angry at Odubel Herrera. For some reason, he decided to bunt with a man on second, a man that had just been bunted over for the first out. Bunting him to third would have been asinine, so you can see how angry Girardi gets at him. Joe Girardi did not like that bunt attempt from Odubel Herrera pic.twitter.com/KF1dsY0amH— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) September 22, 2021 Sometimes, you just wonder...
Sep 21, 2021
Thank goodness: Phillies 3, Orioles 2

Thank goodness: Phillies 3, Orioles 2

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports I’m not sure I could have survived had this team lost tonight Was tonight a “must win” game? Was this whole series a “must win”? The answer to the former should truthfully be a solid maybe, but the latter was an easy yes. The Phillies had to have this series against the Orioles, one way or another. Letting Baltimore shut them out last night only toughened the assignment for them as they came into tonight’s tilt. Unfortunately the team had to use a bullpen game since they don’t have the depth to cover this many starts. The...
Sep 21, 2021
Gamethread 9/21: Orioles at Phillies

Gamethread 9/21: Orioles at Phillies

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports I cannot wait for this game. After last night’s debacle, we have to suffer through twin bullpen games. Should make for some exciting baseball tonight!!!! Here are the lineups. For the Phillies: Game two on deck. #RingTheBell : @NBCSPhilly : @SportsRadioWIP : https://t.co/HhDxScsXwt // https://t.co/vgbMhIuRqd pic.twitter.com/tw5K6vfY28— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) September 21, 2021 Looks like Adonis Medina will get the bulk innings start, which is something. For the Orioles: Updated lineup: pic.twitter.com/HcoaowBthB—...
Sep 21, 2021
Two veteran leaders who must perform for the Phillies to reach the playoffs

Two veteran leaders who must perform for the Phillies to reach the playoffs

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ If McCutchen and Didi don’t get going, you can kiss the playoffs goodbye. To say that 2021 has been a frustrating and perplexing season for Andrew McCutchen and Didi Gregorius would be an understatement. It’s been largely awful for both players, especially as the Phillies try to end a nine-year postseason drought. Offensively, Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura have largely held up their end of the bargain, with Harper carrying the team on his shoulders much the same way Ryan Howard did on his way to the 2006 NL MVP award. But in...
Sep 21, 2021
Let’s try Matt Vierling at leadoff

Let’s try Matt Vierling at leadoff

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Because why not The Phillies have had some leadoff issues this year. Collectively, they have been getting a .697 OPS out of the leadoff position, good for 28th in baseball. It’s been difficult for them to find someone who could be productive for longer than two weeks and be able to leave him there. In a frenzied search to find that leadoff hitter, they have used 11 players to start the game offensively. Of those 11 hitters, Joe Girardi has penciled in three players the most. Here are the stats for those hitters as leadoff hitters: Odubel...
Sep 21, 2021
Rise and Phight: 9/21/2021

Rise and Phight: 9/21/2021

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Well... There was an interesting question posited last night on the Twitter about the Phillies in 2022. Let me ask a question, if the Phillies could trade Didi, and sign Kris Bryant, would you be ok with Galvis at SS next year?— Yoshke Zoidberg (@YoshkeZoidberg) September 21, 2021 It’s an interesting question, but it also seems pretty obvious what the answer should be. If the team can get Kris Bryant to come and play third (assuming he goes there and Alec Bohm goes to leftfield), the team would need a solid defensive shortstop....
Sep 20, 2021
Means to an end: Orioles 2, Phillies 0

Means to an end: Orioles 2, Phillies 0

The Phillies made John Means look like Max Scherzer on Monday night | Photo by Mitchell Leff/ If this is the best they can do, the Phillies might as well give up now. When the Phillies fell behind the Orioles 2-0 in the first inning, fans began to panic. Game over— C (@diablos49) September 20, 2021 LMAOOOO games already over— Mickey Moniak’s A Bust (@hectornerris) September 20, 2021 It seemed that many fans had convinced themselves that the Phillies’ history of crapping the bed against bad teams was going to repeat itself, and the team was destined to...
Sep 20, 2021
Gamethread 9/20: Orioles at Phillies

Gamethread 9/20: Orioles at Phillies

John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports Just. Win. Hello and welcome to the latest edition of “This is the biggest game of the year” for the Phillies. They need to win tonight. Not just because they need every game they can get, but they need to beat these bad teams if they want to stay in the race for the division. Not being able to beat the Orioles in a three game series means they aren’t ready to win playoff games. Here are the lineups. For the Phillies: Big homestand. Let's get to work. #RingTheBell : @NBCSPhilly : @SportsRadioWIP : https://t.co/4wSnsf42Bc...
Sep 20, 2021
Easy wins on paper: Phillies vs. Orioles series preview

Easy wins on paper: Phillies vs. Orioles series preview

There have been a lot of unhappy trips back to the dugout for the Orioles this season | Photo by Mitchell Layton/ The Orioles are bad, but since when does that matter? The scheduling gods have chosen to give the Phillies three games against the worst team in baseball this week. But as we all remember, the Phillies had a three-game series against the second worst team in baseball last month, and they managed to lose all three. So even though the Orioles are putrid, it certainly isn’t a lock that they come away with three - or any - wins in this series. Baltimore...
Sep 20, 2021
Will Ranger Suárez get some down-ballot Cy Young votes?

Will Ranger Suárez get some down-ballot Cy Young votes?

Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports The 26-year-old southpaw continues to impress. We’ve spent plenty of time talking about Bryce Harper’s MVP candidacy and Zack Wheeler’s chances for the Cy Young award, but the Phillies have one other player who might warrant some awards consideration this year: Ranger Suárez. Suárez has been the most pleasant surprise of the Phillies’ season. Few of us expected Harper and Wheeler to be as good as they have been, but at least we knew they had the potential. Suárez’s success, however, came totally out of left field (sort of like...
Sep 20, 2021
Rise and Phight: 9/20/2021

Rise and Phight: 9/20/2021

Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports This week is a must win week So this is the week the Phillies need to take. Playing against the Orioles and Pirates is about as easy as one could ask for when looking at the schedule. Of course, that hasn’t mattered much of late, has it? It is almost imperative that they take at least five games this week. They get three against the Orioles, then four against the Pirates. How they get those five games doesn’t really matter at all so long as next week, when we all wake up on Monday morning, the Phillies have to have gone 5-2. That...
Sep 19, 2021
Sweep denied: Mets 3, Phillies 2

Sweep denied: Mets 3, Phillies 2

Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports They still won the season series Tonight was another edition of “the most important game of the year” for the Phillies. The Braves had already won, so the Phillies knew what they had to do in order to stay a game back. This one being on ESPN, a national broadcast that is seen by many more eyes than a usual Phillies-Mets affair, they knew they had to come out smoking. In the first inning, they got some fireworks to make sure they made an impression. Bryce Harper walked with two outs, then took his lead off of first on a 3-2 pitch to...
Sep 19, 2021
Gamethread 9/19: Phillies at Mets

Gamethread 9/19: Phillies at Mets

Photo by Rich Schultz/ Phillies go for the sweep. Phillies go for the series sweep with Kyle Gibson on the mound. The righty hasn’t been as sharp in his last couple games, giving up 15 runs in 15 innings (3 starts). He’ll be opposed by 41 year old lefty Rich Hill who has been about advertised since being acquired by the Mets at the trade deadline. He hasn’t gone deep into games recently, so lets hope that continues tonight on the nationally broadcast game on ESPN. Go Phils and go our MVP Bryce Harper. Lineups! Finish the weekend strong. : @espn :...