The Phillies continued their slide out of playoff contention. A week ago they were 3.0 games behind the Braves in the division race and 2.0 games behind the second wild card with the Rockies in front of them. Now they are 4.0 games behind the Braves and 3.5 games out of the second wild card with two teams in between, the Rockies and Diamondbacks.
The Phillies still have 26 games remaining, 22 against teams in their own division and 4 against the Rockies. Unfortunately, the Phillies have a losing record within their own division.
I read the comments. I know that people are not happy that the Phillies didn’t acquire certain players for the stretch run. Well, it’s not like they sat on their hands. They addressed specific needs without giving up the keys to the prospect treasury.
- 7/27/18–Mets traded 2B Asdrubal Cabrera to Philadelphia for RHP Franklyn Kilome
- 7/31/18–Tampa Bay traded C Wilson Ramos to Philadelphia Phillies for PTBNL
- 7/31/18–Toronto traded LHP Aaron Loup to Philadelphia for RHP Jake Waguespack
- 8/10/18–Miami traded 1B Justin Bour and $$ to Philadelphia for LHP McKenzie Mills.
- 8/22/18–White Sox traded LHP Luis Avilan to Philadelphia for RHP Felix Paulino.
- 8/28/18–Mets traded RF Jose Bautista to Philadelphia for PTBNL
These moves were made to bolster the bench and bullpen. They were reasonable acquisitions at a reasonable cost. I know people are looking at the guys that the Nationals traded away and think the Phillies should have been in the mix. But, I’m not sure that they weren’t. Nor am I sure that the Nationals would trade with us. Imagine the PR nightmare of missing out on the playoffs and your fans watching former players helping the Phillies win a division and maybe a playoff series.
Then there’s Cole Hamels. IMO, there was no reason to trade for Hamels other than the nostalgia factor. He was having a poor year in Texas, a lot of his stats were career or near-career lows. Remember when Arrieta was up in arms over shifts? Imagine Hamels on the mound with all our shifts AND our league worst defense. Remember how he would glare at players who made errors behind him. You don’t need that on the mound with a young team. Yeah, he’s pitching great with the veteran Cubs. But, there’s no way you can expect that with another team.
And, the Phillies made a serious run at Machado. I heard stuff. I would have made the one deal I heard, although the cost was a little steep. The counter from Baltimore after the Dodgers added Diaz to their offer is where I would also have broken off negotiations.
In addition, on September 1st, the activated Pedro Florimon, Edubray Ramos, Austin Davis; and recalled Yacksel Rios, Aaron Altherr, Dylan Cozens. And, they expect to activate Jerad Eickhoff early this week.
But, most of all, I love watching Roman Quinn.
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