The Phillies had another good week going 4-2, crushing Houston after dropping the first 2 games of the series and then taking 3 games from the Braves. They have won 4 in a row and 8 of their last 11 games. They have a 34-64 record and a .373 PCT. They have closed ground on the peloton (if I can borrow a cycling term) and are no longer the consensus worst team in baseball.
After getting beat soundly by the Astros in the first 2 games of the series, Aaron Nola shut out the Astros for six innings en route to a 9-0 rout in the getaway game. He struck out 10 batters. Jake Thompson tossed five shutout innings in his major league debut against the Braves Friday night on his way to his first victory. Hector Neris got an extra inning win Saturday. Vince Velasquez shut out the Braves for six innings before Neris got a walk off win Sunday.
The Phillies conclude their home stand with an afternoon game against the Braves Monday before starting a 20-day sequence that has them going out west to play 3-game series against the Angels and Rockies, a 2-game set in Atlanta, 4 games at home against the Mets, and back out west for 3 games against the Padres and 4 against the Giants. All with just one day off, coming before the Atlanta series. Thank you to the Marquis de Sade of scheduling.
The Phillies are still 23.5 games out of first place in the East Division. They knocked the Braves out of second place in the division. They are 9.5 games behind the fourth place Mets. They are 20.0 games behind the Rockies in the Wild Card race.
Now, the race we have a chance to win –
|Bottom 10 Teams||W||L||PCT||Last 10||Streak|
|Chi White Sox||40||62||.392||2-8||W1|
The Phillies’ winning ways continue to tighten the “race for last place”. Once again everyone gained ground on the Phillies. Now that the Phillies have moved some of their veteran players, I am not convinced that they will begin losing with young players filling new roles. Right now, I can see at least 3 teams dropping below the Phillies. The perennially tanking Reds would be among those teams. The next 20 days should go a long way to deciding the Phillies fate. So, yes, the race to 1:1 has become interesting.
I have added new Google sheets. In addition to the organization’s rosters at the bottom of the Transactions section, you will find the organization’s injury list and the organization’s Rule 5 eligibility list. ALL are current as of today, July 30, 2017.
Key dates remaining:
- July 31st, 4:00 PM EST – Non-waiver Trade Deadline
- August 31st, 11:59 PM EST – Waiver Trade Deadline
- December 10-14th – Winter Meetings in Orlando
- December 14th – Rule 5 Draft
- 7/30 – Phillies placed RHP Pedro Beato on the 10-day DL. Left hamstring strain
- 7/30 – Phillies activated LF Hyun Soo Kim
- 7/30 – Phillies recalled Mark Leiter from Lehigh Valley
- 7/30 – Alexis Rivero assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading
- 7/30 – LHP Garrett Cleavinger assigned to Reading
- 7/29 – Phillies traded RHP Jeremy Hellickson and cash to Baltimore Orioles for LF Hyun Soo Kim, LHP Garrett Cleavinger and Future Considerations
- 7/29/ – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Pedro Beato from Lehigh Valley
- 7/29 – Clearwater Threshers released RHP Matt Hockenberry
- 7/29/- Casey Brown assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood
- 7/28 – Phillies traded LF Howie Kendrick and cash to Washington Nationals for LHP McKenzie Mills and Future Considerations
- 7/28 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Jesen Therrien from Lehigh Valley.
- 7/28 – RHP Wilberson Liendo assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White
- 7/27 – SS Jose Gomez assigned to Clearwater Threshers
- 7/27 – RHP J.D. Hammer assigned to Clearwater Threshers
- 7/27 – RHP Alejandro Requena assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws
- 7/27 – LHP Brandon Leibrandt assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Phils
- 7/27 – Reading placed C Greg Brodzinski on the 7-day DL. Right shin contusion
- 7/27 -Reading placed C Chace Numata on the 7-day DL retro to 7/26/17. Concussion
- 7/27 – C Deivi Grullon assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers
- 7/27 – LHP Jeff Singer assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers
- 7/27 – C Edgar Cabral assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws
- 7/27 – LHP Aaron Brown assigned to Clearwater Threshers from GCL Phillies
- 7/27 – LHP Bailey Falter assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport
- 7/27 – Ramon Rosso assigned to GCL Phillies from DSL Phillies White
- 7/26 – Phillies traded RHP Pat Neshek to Colorado Rockies for RHP Alejandro Requena, RHP J.D. Hammer, and SS Jose Gomez
- 7/26 – Lehigh Valley placed RHP Edubray Ramos on the 7-day DL retro to 7/24/17. Blister on right index finger
- 7/26 – Phillies activated RF Aaron Altherr from the 10-day disabled list.
- 7/26 – Phillies placed Daniel Nava on the 10-day DL retro to 7/23/17. Left ham. strain
- 7/26 – Reading Fightin Phils activated C Greg Brodzinski from the 7-day disabled list
- 7/26 – Reading Phils placed 3B Mitch Walding on the 7-day disabled list. Ear fracture
- 7/26 – RHP Alejandro Made assigned to DSL Phillies Red
- 7/26 – RHP Leonel Aponte assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red
- 7/25 – Reading Phils activated SS Jorge Flores from the temporarily inactive list
- 7/25 – Juan Aparicio assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White
- 7/25 – Phillies optioned Ricardo Pinto to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 7/25 – Phillies recalled Jake Thompson from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 7/25 – Brandon Leibrandt assigned to Reading Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 7/25 – LHP Joey DeNato assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Phils
- 7/25 – Clearwater Threshers placed CF Mark Laird on the 7-day DL; concussion
- 7/25 – Clearwater Threshers activated RF Jose Pujols from the 7-day disabled list
- 7/24 – Clearwater sent RF Jose Pujols on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies
- The organization’s rosters are up to date.
- The organization’s injury list is as up to date as I can make it.
- The organization’s Rule 5 eligibility list is as accurate as I can make it based on the
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