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The Phillies went 4-3 at home last week. They took 2 games each from the Pirates and Marlins, hurting both of their wild card chances. And probably, should have swept the Marlins. Their record stands at 67-83 (25-35 since the All Star break).
The Phillies complete their home stand with a pair of games against the White Sox, They go on the road and play 4 in New York against the Mets. They finish the season with 7 of 10 games against the Mets. The intervening three-game series is against the Braves in Atlanta.
The Phillies’s elimination number in the wild card race is one. So, we can close the book on that.
The Phillies 4-3 week raised their winning percentage to .447, ninth worst worst in the league as the Angels had a 5-loss week and dropped past the Phils.
There is a distinct gap between the tenth worse team (82 losses, .453) and the 11th worst team (77, .483).
With a schedule heavy with games against the Mets, it’s conceivable that the Phillies only win another 4 games. The Phillies have 83 losses. The Twins (95)and Braves (91) are out of reach. The Padres (87) , Reds (86), and Diamondbacks (86) are probably inept enough to maintain their leads. So, the sixth pick in the 2017 June draft looks like a reasonable possibility. If they finished in a tie for any position, they will win since their league worst 2015 winning percentage will settle all ties in their favor.
WhiteSox 72-77 0.483
Rockies 72-77 0.483
Brewers 68-82 0.453
Phillies 67-83 0.447
A’s 66-83 0.443
Angels 65-84 0.436
Rays 64-85 0.430
Diamondbacks 63-86 0.423
Reds 63-86 0.423
Padres 62-87 0.416
Braves 58-91 0.389
Twins 55-95 0.367
I watched some of the Phillies/Marlins game today on the Miami feed. A couple observations:
- The major league game drags. At 2:20PM of a 1:35PM start (45 minutes) Alec Asher was still in the process of wrapping up the top of the second inning. I miss the clock they use in the FSL. If it hadn’t been Alfaro’s first start, I would have started surfing.
- How can a major league umpire who denied Cashner the corners early in a 30+ pitch first inning, start calling worse pitches strikes toward the end of the inning? Oh yeah, rookie catcher batting. The first called strike was at best marginal. The second wasn’t close. I spent 10 minutes rewinding, playing in slo-mo, and frame-by-frame.
- Why isn’t Roman Quinn in center field? There is a part of me that believes that Herrera may have been the third best center fielder in the Phillies’ outfield.
- Why isn’t Roman Quinn leading off?
- Credit to the official scorer who charged Galvis with an error in spite of his errorless game streak and contention for a gold glove. I rewound this one, too, and thought it was an error. The Miami announcers were on the fence because of the streak and gold glove competition.
- Alec Asher has pitched better than I expected based on what I saw during his rehabs against GCL batters.