The Phillies went 3-3 last week. They won a 3-game series from the Marlins and dropped a 3-game series to the Mets.
Those outcomes are not too bad. They won the first two games and had a chance to sweep Miami. They won the opener against the Mets but failed to collect that elusive series clincher.
No, the bad news is that the offense only managed 2 runs in its last 4 games. That’s not panic button news. But, the Phillies are a team of streaky hitters. A continuation of this trend against the Reds might raise an alarm.
Everything below this point is just an update of last week’s playoff information and the compilation of the week’s transactions.
The Phillies’ schedule is still very encouraging.
A look ahead at the Phillies’ schedule is very encouraging. After this weekend’s 4-game series against the Mets (we don’t play them the rest of the season), they play 22 games in seven very winnable series before 19 games in six mostly competitive series in the final 3 weeks of the season. They’re on a pace to win more than the 85-86 games I anticipated.
At 60-48, the Phillies are firmly in third place in the division, 11.5 behind the Mets and 6.0 behind Atlanta. Miami and Washington are effectively out of competition for anything other than positioning in the draft pool.
The East and West Divisions are pretty much locked up with both Central providing the only division race in the NL, so far.
The National League Wild Card race is probably down to a four-team race with the Central Division loser missing the playoffs.
The Phillies are a half-game behind the Padres for the second wild card berth, with one less loss and three games in hand, plus the tie-breaker advantage.
By merit of the first tie-breaker (head-to-head), the Phillies hold an advantage over Milwaukee (4-2), St. Louis (4-3), Los Angeles (4-3), San Diego (4-3), and Colorado (5-2).
They clinched against the Pirates (4-0) with 3 to play and Washington (10-2 with 7 to play).
They are ahead of Arizona (2-1 with 3 to play) and Miami (8-5 with 6 to play).
They are tied with Atlanta (6-6) with 7 to play.
They trail New York (4-10 with 4 to play), SanFrancisco (1-2 with 3 to play), and the Cubs (0-3) with 3 to play.
They have 7 games against the Reds.
They have a 2-game series against the Blue Jays in September and close the season with 3 games in Houston.
The Phillies’ division record is 28-24. Their record against the other NL divisions is 28-19. Their interleague record, which doesn’t matter in tie-breakers, is 7-8.
MLB has replaced tie-breaking playoff games with a set of tie-breaking criteria.
- Head-to-head record
- Intradivision winning percentage
- Interdivision winning percentage
- Best record in the final 81 intraleague games of the season
- Best record in the final 82 intraleague games of the season (provided the game added is not between the tied teams), and continue one game back until the tie is broken
This gives you a place to talk about the Phillies for the week.
Here are the transactions that were reported (or uncovered) this week.
8/14/2022 – Phillies traded LHP Ricardo Sanchez to Detroit for cash
8/14/2022 – Lehigh Valley activated 2B Daniel Robertson from the 7-day IL
8/14/2022 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP Zach Warren
8/14/2022 – Reading Phils LHP Josh Hendrickson on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
8/14/2022 – Jersey Shore transferred RHP Andrew Painter to the Development List
8/13/2022 – RHP Jack Dallas assigned to FCL Phillies
8/13/2022 – C Adony Mejia assigned to Jersey Shore from FCL Phillies
8/13/2022 – Jersey Shore transferred C Andrick Nava to the Development List
8/13/2022 – Jersey Shore activated 1B Rixon Wingrove from the 7-day IL
8/13/2022 – Jersey Shore transferred RHP Mick Abel to the Development List
8/12/2022 – Lehigh Valley activated LF Dustin Peterson from the 7-day IL
8/12/2022 – Jersey Shore sent C Anthony Quirion on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
8/12/2022 – Jersey Shore sent LHP Keylan Killgore on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
8/12/2022 – Clearwater transferred RHP Buddy Hayward from the 7- to the 60-day IL
8/12/2022 – Clearwater activated RHP Cam Wynne from the 7-day IL
8/12/2022 – RHP Daniel Harper assigned to Clearwater from FCL Phillies
8/12/2022 – LHP Andrew Walling assigned to FCL Phillies
8/12/2022 – 3B Otto Kemp assigned to FCL Phillies
8/11/2022 – Lehigh Valley sent 2B Daniel Robertson on a rehab assignment to FCL Phillies
8/11/2022 – Reading activated RHP Tyler McKay from the Development List
8/11/2022 – Jersey Shore sent C Nick Matera on a rehab assignment to FCL Phillies
8/11/2022 – RHP Carlo Reyes assigned to Jersey Shore from Reading
8/11/2022 – Clearwater transferred LHP Gabriel Cotto to the Development List
8/11/2022 – Clearwater transferred RHP Eiberson Castellano to the Development List
8/11/2022 – RHP Eric Garcia assigned to FCL Phillies
8/10/2022 – Reading activated C Herbert Iser
8/10/2022 – C Herbert Iser assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore
8/10/2022 – DSL Red activated LHP Neyker Ibarra from the 10-day IL
8/10/2022 – DSL White released RHP Miguelangel Rodriguez
8/09/2022 – Lehigh Valley placed C Rafael Marchan on the 7-day IL
8/09/2022 – Lehigh Valley placed C Donny Sands on the 7-day IL
8/09/2022 – RHP Aaron Barrett retired
8/09/2022 – C Jack Conley assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
8/09/2022 – RHP Daniel Harper assigned to FCL Phillies
8/09/2022 – LHP Mason Ronan assigned to FCL Phillies
8/09/2022 – OF Justin Crawford assigned to FCL Phillies
8/09/2022 – SS Bryan Rincon assigned to FCL Phillies
8/09/2022 – OF Emaarion Boyd assigned to FCL Phillies
8/08/2022 – Lehigh Valley released RHP Cam Bedrosian
8/08/2022 – Lehigh Valley released LHP Scott Moss
8/08/2022 – CF Simon Muzziotti assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
8/08/2022 – Reading activated SS Madison Stokes from the 60-day IL
8/08/2022 – Reading released CF Hunter Markwardt
8/08/2022 – 3B McCarthy Tatum activated from 60-day IL and assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore
8/08/2022 – RHP Orion Kerkering assigned to FCL Phillies
8/08/2022 – RHP Alex Rao assigned to FCL Phillies
8/08/2022 – RHP Josh Bortka assigned to FCL Phillies
8/08/2022 – OF Ezra Farmer assigned to FCL Phillies
8/07/2022 – Lehigh Valley transferred LHP Zach Warren to the Development List
8/06/2022 – Phillies released RHP Jeurys Familia