The Phillies went 3-4 last week. They won a 3-game series from the Reds and dropped a 4-game series to the Mets.
Those outcomes weren’t too bad. The way they happened was. They had a chance to sweep the inferior Reds and were shut out, 1-0, in game three. They were non-competitive with their two aces on the mound and facing the Mets 4 thru 7 starters and could only manage a win with their own Triple-A starter on the mound. I thought I detected a chink in Thomson’s armor as he seemed to manage the bullpen Sunday like the former manager.
Oh, well, gotta finish the homestand strong since 22 of their final 34 games are on the road.
With MLB’s announcement of playoff dates, the Key Dates segment has been reinstated. Everything else below this point is an update of last week’s playoff information and the compilation of the week’s transactions.
The Phillies’ remaining schedule is encouraging. They play 22 games in seven very winnable series – 4 v. CIN, and 3 each v. PIT, at ARI, at SF, v. MIA, v. WAS, at MIA. That takes them through September 15th. If things go as we all expect (um, hope), the Phillies should have a comfortable cushion for a wild card berth. They finish with 19 games in six series in which a playoff team should be able to compete favorably – 3 at ATL, 2 v. TOR, 4 v. ATL, 3 at CHC, 4 at WAS, 3 at HOU. They are on a pace to win more than the 85-86 games I had anticipated. Eighty-eight to 90 wins do not seem out of the question, anymore.
At 66-55, the Phillies are firmly in third place in the division, 12.0 games behind the Mets and 8.0 games behind Atlanta. Miami and Washington are effectively out of competition for anything other than positioning in the draft pool.
The East and Central Division races have become competitive. The West is over.
The National League Wild Card race is probably down to a four-team race with the second place finisher in the Central or West Division 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), Cincinnati (2-1 with 4 to play), and Miami (8-5 with 6 to play).
They are tied with Atlanta (6-6) with 7 to play.
They lost their season series with New York (5-14), and trail SanFrancisco (1-2 with 3 to play), and the Cubs (0-3) with 3 to play.
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 29-27. Their record against the other NL divisions is 30-20. Their interleague record, which doesn’t matter in tie-breakers, is 7-8.
- 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
Key Dates: some are guesstimates. Bold dates are pretty much confirmed thru announcements, some digging, and some extrapolation from previous years. Italics are those dates that can’t yet be confirmed.
It has been a long time since we cared about playoff dates.
- October 3, 2022: Opening Day for the Arizona Fall League
- November 5, 2022: AFL Home Run Derby
- November 6, 2022: AFL Fall Stars Game
- November 11, 2022: AFL Play-in Semifinal
- November 12, 2022: AFL Championship Game
- October 5, 2022: Final scheduled day of the MLB regular season
- October 11, 2022: Opening Day for the Mexican Pacific League
- October 15, 2022: Opening Day for Dominican Winter League
- October 22, 2022: Opening Day for the Venezuelan Winter League
- October 28, 2022: MLB World Series begins (FOX)
- October 7-9, 2022: NL Wild Card A/B (ESPN)
- October 11-16, 2022: NLDS A/B (Fox or FS1)
- October 18-25, 2022: NLCS (Fox or FS1)
- November 2-6, 2022: Trading resumes the day after the World Series ends.
- November 6-10, 2022: Five days after the conclusion of the World Series is the deadline for teams to make qualifying offers to their eligible former players who became free agents.
- November 12, 2022: Start of the Colombian Winter League
- November 4, 2022: Opening Day for the Roberto Clemente Puerto Rico Professional Baseball League
- November 10, 2022: Opening Day for the Australian Baseball League
- November 16-20, 2022: Fifteen days after the conclusion of the World Series is the deadline for free agents to accept qualifying offers.
- November 18 or 21, 2022: Deadline to submit 40-man rosters before Rule 5 Draft
- November, 2022: GM Meetings
- November, 2022: Owners Meetings
- November, 2022: MLBPA executive board meeting
- December 1, 2022 – Non-tender Deadline – The last day for teams to offer 2023 contracts to unsigned players (pre-arb and arb eligible) on their 40-man rosters. Non-tendered players become free agents.
- December 4-11, 2022: The 2022 Baseball Winter Meetings will take place in San Diego, California.
- December 9, 2022: Rule 5 Draft
- December 9, 2022: Opening Day for the Panamanian Baseball League
- December 15, 2022: Close of the 2021-2022 international signing period
- January 15, 2023: Opening of the 2022-2023 international signing period
- January, 2023: Deadline for teams and players to submit salary figures for arbitration
- February 2-10, 2023: Caribbean Series (Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Panama, Cuba, Curacao)
- February, 2023: Voluntary spring training reporting date for pitchers, catchers, and players recovering from injuries
- February, 2023: Voluntary spring training reporting date for position players
- February, 2023: Mandatory spring training reporting date
- February/March, 2023: First spring training games
- March/April, 2023: Opening Day for 2023 season
- July 2023: 2023 Rule 4 Amateur Draft
- December 15, 2023: Close of the 2022-2023 international signing period
This gives you a place to talk about the Phillies for the week.
Here are the transactions that were reported (or uncovered) this week.
8/21/2022 – Phillies placed RHP Seranthony Dominguez on the 15-day IL retro 8/18, right triceps tendinitis
8/21/2022 – Phillies transferred RHP Corey Knebel from the 15- to the 60-day IL
8/21/2022 – Phillies optioned LHP Bailey Falter to Lehigh Valley
8/21/2022 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Tyler Cyr from Lehigh Valley
8/21/2022 – RHP Andrew Painter assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore
8/20/2022 – Phillies recalled LHP Bailey Falter from Lehigh Valley
8/20/2022 – RHP Mick Abel assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore
8/18/2022 – Phillies placed RF Bryce Harper on the 60-day IL
8/18/2022 – Phillies placed OF Brandon Marsh on the 10-day IL retroactive to 8/17, left ankle sprain
8/18/2022 – Phillies claimed CF Bradley Zimmer off waivers from Toronto
8/18/2022 – Lehigh Valley activated RF Jorge Bonifacio off the Development List
8/18/2022 – Lehigh Valley activated C Rafael Marchan from the 7-day IL
8/18/2022 – Clearwater sent CF Yhoswar Garcia on a rehab assignment to FCL Phillies
8/17/2022 – San Francisco claimed LHP Andrew Vasquez off waivers from Phillies
8/17/2022 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP Braeden Ogle from the 7-day IL
8/17/2022 – CF Simon Muzziotti roster status changed to injured-full season
8/17/2022 – Reading transferred RHP Mike Adams to the Development List
8/17/2022 – Jersey Shore sent C Nick Matera on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
8/17/2022 – Jersey Shore activated C Anthony Quirion from the 60-day IL
8/16/2022 – Lehigh Valley placed LHP Jonathan Hennigan on the temporarily inactive list
8/16/2022 – Reading sent LHP Josh Hendrickson on a rehab assignment to Jersey Shore
8/16/2022 – Jersey Shore sent RHP Victor Vargas on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
8/16/2022 – Jersey Shore placed SS Kendall Simmons on the 7-day IL
8/15/2022 – Phillies designated LHP Andrew Vasquez for assignment
8/15/2022 – Phillies activated RHP Sam Coonrod from the 60-day IL
8/15/2022 – Phillies placed RHP Corey Knebel on the 15-day IL, right lat strain
8/15/2022 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP Erik Miller
8/15/2022 – LHP Erik Miller assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
8/15/2022 – LHP Samuel Aldegheri assigned to FCL Phillies from Clearwater
8/15/2022 – LHP Samuel Aldegheri activated from the 60-day IL
8/15/2022 – RHP Jack Dallas assigned to Clearwater from FCL Phillies
8/12/2022 – Lehigh Valley placed LHP Ryan Sherriff on the 7-day IL
8/6/2022 – FCL Phillies placed RHP Nathan Karaffa on the 60-day IL
8/5/2022 – FCL Phillies placed LHP Danny Wilkinson on the 60-day IL