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The Phillies dropped another game to .500 this week going 3-4 against the Marlins and Braves. They lost 2 of 3 against Miami and split four games with Atlanta. Their record stands at 48-59 (6-11 since the break). The Phillies return home for a three-game series against the Giants (Bumgarner, Cueto, and Samardzija) before flying to the West Coast.
The Race for 1:1
The Phillies continue to drop out of contention for a wild card spot. They still make the list on Quick Pitch when Heidi Watney lists the NL Wild Card race, but they have dropped to the last spot, 10 games behind the second wild card.
Their .449 winning percentage still gives them the 9th worst winning percentage. They are 3 loses ahead of the team with the 10th worst record, and .001 (a half game) behind the two teams tied for the seventh worst record.
Trade Stuff and Other Miscellany
The non-waiver trade deadline is Monday at 4:00PM EST.
The Marlins settled for a lesser package of two starters from San Diego. One of the starters had to leave the game Sunday with a sore arm.
The Phillies are reportedly holding firm on their trade requirements for Jeremy Hellickson, as they should.
The Yankees traded relievers Chapman (Cubs) and Miller (Indians). Analysts were quick to report that the Yankees now have one of the top organizations in baseball. One went so far as to say that this will be the first time since Jeter et al that the Yankees will be able to have a home grown major league team. Is it really “home grown” if you have to trade for them?
Jonathan Lucroy exercised his right to veto the Trade between the Brewers and Indians. Negotiations with the Rangres have heated up. He cannot veto a trade to Texas.