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The Phillies completed another 4-2 week. After dropping the first two games in Los Angeles, they won the getaway game and returned to CBP where they swept Colorado. They are off Monday, then complete their home stand with series against the Dodgers and Cardinals. Their record stands at 56-63 (12-15 since the break).
The Phillies trail St. Louis by 6.5 games for the second wild card spot. The teams ahead of them aren’t really playing that great lately. In fact, only the Cubs and Nationals are playing great right now. With all the injuries that teams are experiencing, and the flat play of some others, it’s not inconceivable that the Phillies could challenge for one of the wild card spots. I still think it’s unlikely, but that’s more positive than I’ve been all season.
Back to reality. The Phillies’ .471 winning percentage still gives them the 10th worst winning percentage. However, their sweep of the Rockies has brought them within a half game. They are only one game behind the White Sox, two games behind the Royals. The Mets are struggling to stay above .500, the Marlins suffered a crippling loss when Stanton went down for the rest of the season. A protected, top ten pick is no longer assured.
The Phillies are flirting with that gray area between protected pick and playoffs. The last time they finished in that range, they drafted J.P. Crawford 16th overall in 2013. Draft picks that year who are still in the organization are –
- 1/16 – J.P. Crawford
- 2/53 – Andrew Knapp
- 3/89 – Cord Sandberg
- 3/96 – Jan Hernandez
- 22/661 – Mark Leiter
- 24/721 – Will Morris
- 32/961 – Tyler Viza