Darn Mets! Darn Reds!
The Phillies will go into their final weekend series with a slim lead over the Cincinnati Reds for the worst record in baseball and the prize that come with it, the number one pick in the 2016 June Amateur Draft.
After sweeping the Mets (a team they were 2-14 against this season), the Phillies find themselves in danger of improving from the worst record in baseball for the first time since June 8th when they successfully held off the Milwaukee Brewers. But the Phillies have won six of their last ten and the Reds are mired in an 12-game losing streak.
After tonight’s games, this is where things stand –
- Phillies 62-97 .390
- Reds 63-96 .396
- Braves 64-95 .403
The Phillies are at home against the Miami Marlins. Their pitching match ups are –
- Nicolino v. Harang
- Koehler v. TBD (probably the bullpen game in Nola’s spot)
- TBD v. Buchanan
The Braves had kept pace by beating the dysfunctional Nationals in the first two games of their series, but lost tonight and have won five of their last ten games. They finish at home against the Cardinals. Their pitching match ups are –
- Garcia v. Teheran
- Lackey v. Miller
- Lynn v. Wisler
The hapless Reds travel to Pittsburgh. Their pitching match ups are –
- Sampson v. Liriano
- Finnegan v. Burnett
- Smith v. Happ
Two losses guarantee the Phillies the top pick. One loss and two rain outs will do the same. I understand that rain may come into play along the Atlantic coast this weekend, and all three series are on the east coast. Who expected this kind of drama on the last weekend?