The Phillies won 10 of 11 games and overtook the Marlins for second place in the division. Then they played the second and third games of their four-game series with the Mets. They dropped both games by a combined 19-2. They maintained their position, but missed an opportunity to bury a division foe.
In the past week, the Phillies swept a four-game series with the Nationals and have gone 1-2 in their four-game series with the Mets.
The Phillies are 19-17 .528 and in second place in the division. They are 3.0 games behind the Braves, and 1.5 games ahead of the Marlins. They are currently the sixth seed, a couple percentage points ahead of the Cardinals.
All their remaining games are important, but the Phillies play many must-win games this week. They complete their series with the Mets on Monday, then return home for a double header against the Red Sox before travelling to Miami for a seven-game set.
The Phillies finish the season with 24 games in 21 days. As they continue their push for the playoffs, here’s a guess at how their starting pitching rolls out. I would expect Nola and Wheeler to pitch every fifth day. And the same for Eflin and Arrieta as long as it doesn’t affect the top two. Those four would get 17 starts (5 for Wheeler and 4 for each of the other three).
- 7th – Wheeler
- 8th – Eflin
- 8th – Velasquez
- 9th – OFF DAY
- 10th – Arrieta
- 11th – Nola
- 11th – Howard
- 12th – Wheeler
- 13th – Eflin
- 13th – Alt Site pitcher
- 14th – Velasquez
- 15th – Arrieta
- 16th – Nola
- 17th – Wheeler
- 18th – Eflin
- 18th – Howard
- 19th – Velasquez
- 20th – Arrieta
- 21st – Nola
- 22nd – Wheeler
- 22nd – Alt Site pitcher
- 23rd – Eflin
- 24th – OFF DAY
- 25th – Arrieta
- 26th – Nola
- 27th – Wheeler
The other seven starts would go to Howard, Velasquez, an Alt Site pitcher, or a bullpen game. I don’t want to see a bullpen game, although that’s essentially what Howard’s starts have been. I have him getting only two starts and would expect some push back on that. But, he’s not Marty Bystrom. He hasn’t pitched on four days rest in his career. If you check his 2019 starts, when he wasn’t on the IL he was getting 5 days of rest between starts. I’d rather get more starts out of Wheeler, Nola, and Eflin than worry about a rookie down the stretch. And, we don’t need to use VV three times if you balk at that. There are other guys in Allentown they’ve tried to stretch out. The above is just a guess.
This brings me to Quinn. I’m sorry to see him get hurt. But, I’m also tired of his “swing-for-the-fences” swing every at bat. I get that he’s dynamic and all that stuff. But, he’s Willie Mays Hayes. He should be fined or have to do push ups every time he hits the ball in the air. And why can’t he bunt? I’m tired of all the failed bunt attempts. That should be his best skill in the batter’s box.
Yeah, we lose his speed on those occasions when he does get on base. But, Haseley was hitting pretty well when he went onto the IL. And, frankly, I prefer Haseley’s steadier defense when he’s out there. I guess it’s as simple as, to me, it’s not worth it to have Quinn get on base and be disruptive once every three games or so and then have to put up with his 11 other at bats and his shaky D.
And, finally, what about moving Hoskins down in the order now that he’s hitting. We could move Alec Bohm in the two hole. He’s hitting for average but not for power yet. He has good at bats, sees pitches, works some walks. He’d probably see better pitches with Harper behind him. And a hot Hoskins could protect Harper. Just a thought I had a week or so ago.
A few players made their way to the IL. Adam Morgan was placed there, probably to make room for the activation of newly acquired David Phelps. Jay Bruce suffered another leg injury and Roman Quinn made his annual trip to the IL. Who had September 6th, day 45, or game 35 in your pre-season pools?
The Phillies are a little thin in the outfield. Kyle Garlick was recalled. Kingery is still a few days from being eligible for recall. The other possibilities include three guys not on the 40-man roster – Mahtook, Martini who was reported to have pulled up with a possible leg injury Saturday, and Moniak who is new to the Alternate Site and coming off a leg injury of his own.
Any deficiencies can only be filled from within with the trade deadline having passed.
The Phillies added a couple more players to the Alt Site – Jeff Singer (finally, I think he has the temperament to help if given a chance), Luke Williams (more infield depth who can play in the outfield and had a good spring at the plate with the Phillies), and Henti Lartigue ( a catcher to replace Grullon who was claimed off waivers by the Red Sox).
I saw some condescending remarks on social media remarks Grullon’s size and supposed weight gain. Grullon has always been big. Anyone thinking he has only recently put on weight does not know what they are talking about. And size doesn’t matter. Remember that Willians Astudillo was of similar size when he was in the Phillies’ system. He made it to the majors and was still with the Twins when he was sidelined by COVID.
The Phillies now have 58 players on their 60-man roster. We aren’t likely to see many more additions (unless someone is already going through the addition process) since new additions have to go through a 7-day quarantine before they can join the Alt Site.
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- August 31, 2020 – Trade Deadline
- September 15, 2020 – Deadline for players to be added to Major League roster for postseason eligibility
- September 28-October 1, 2020 – Minor League Baseball Innovators Summit, Winston-Salem, NC
- September 30, 2020 – Expiration of the Professional Baseball Agreement between MLB and MiLB
- October 15, 2020, 5:00 PM EDT – Close of the 2019 international signing period
- October TBA – Trading resumes, day after the World Series ends
- October – November TBA, five days after the conclusion of the World Series – Deadline for teams to make qualifying offers to their eligible former players who became free agents
- November TBA, fifteen days after the conclusion of the World Series – Deadline for free agents to accept qualifying offers
- November TBA – GM Meetings (Nov. 11-14, Scottsdale, AZ in 2019)
- November TBA – Owners meetings (Nov. 19-21, Arlington, TX in 2019)
- November 20, 2020 – Rosters set for Rule 5 Draft
- November TBA – MLBPA executive board meeting (Nov. 26-29 in Irving, TX in 2018)
- December 2, 2019 – Last day for teams to offer 2021 contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters
- December 6-10, 2020 – Winter Meetings in Dallas, Texas, at the Omni Dallas Hotel and Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, held in conjunction with the Baseball Trade Show and PBEO Job Fair.
- December 10, 2020 – Rule 5 Draft
- January TBA – Rookie Career Development Program
- January 15, 2021, 9:00 AM EST – Start of the 2020 international signing period
The rosters and lists are up to date as of September 6th … 345 players in the org
9/06/2020 – Phillies placed CF Roman Quinn on the 7-day IL, concussion
9/06/2020 – Phillies recalled RHP Mauricio Llovera from Alternate Training Site
9/06/2020 – Phillies recalled RF Kyle Garlick from Alternate Training Site
9/06/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster C Henri Lartigue to spring training
9/06/2020 – Phillies placed RF Jay Bruce on the 10-day IL, left quad strain
9/06/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster 3B Luke Williams to spring training
9/06/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster LHP Jeff Singer to spring training
9/03/2020 – Phillies sent Reggie McClain outright to Alternate Training Site
9/03/2020 – Red Sox claimed C Deivy Grullon off waivers from Phillies
9/01/2020 – Phillies placed LHP Adam Morgan on the 10-day IL
9/01/2020 – Phillies activated RHP David Phelps
8/31/2020 – Phillies placed 3B Scott Kingery on the 10-day IL,back spasms
8/31/2020 – Brewers traded RHP David Phelps to Philadelphia Phillies for 3 PTBNL
8/31/2020 – Phillies designated RHP Reggie McClain for assignment
8/31/2020 – Phillies designated C Deivy Grullon for assignment
8/31/2020 – Phillies activated RF Jay Bruce from the 10-day IL
8/31/2020 – Phillies activated LHP Ranger Suarez from the 10-day IL
8/29/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster CF Mickey Moniak to spring training
8/26/2020 – Phillies traded LHP Austin Davis to Pirates for PTBNL and cash
8/25/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster RHP Deolis Guerra to spring training
8/25/2020 – Phillies sent Deolis Guerra outright to Alternate Training Site
8/22/2020 – Phillies optioned Cole Irvin to Alternate Training Site
8/22/2020 – Phillies designated RHP Deolis Guerra for assignment
8/22/2020 – Phillies placed RF Jay Bruce on the 10-day IL
8/22/2020 – Phillies activated CF Adam Haseley from the 10-day IL
8/22/2020 – Phillies optioned Connor Brogdon to Alternate Training Site
8/21/2020 – Red Sox traded RHPs Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree, $815K, and a PTBNL to Phillies for RHPs Nick Pivetta and Connor Seabold
8/21/2020 – Phillies recalled LHP JoJo Romero from Alternate Training Site
8/21/2020 – Phillies optioned LHP JoJo Romero to Alternate Training Site
8/21/2020 – Phillies designated LHP Austin Davis for assignment
8/21/2020 – Phillies placed LHP Jose Alvarez on the 10-day IL, testicular contusion
8/21/2020 – Yankees traded RHP David Hale to Phillies for RHP Addison Russ