A Good Homestand

The Phillies returned home and came within 3 outs of a perfect 6 wins.  But 5 wins provided 2 more series sweeps.  They took 2 of 3 from the pitching-deep Marlins before taking all 3 games from the hapless Nationals.


The Phillies are running out of “easy” games.  They embark on a 6-game road trip against Miami and Atlanta.  Then, they return home for their final homestand to play 2 games against Toronto and 4 games against Atlanta.  The Phillies close out their season with a 10-game road trip with 3 games in Chicago, 4 games in Washington, and 3 games in Houston.

Sixteen of their remaining 22 games are on the road.


The Phillies are 16 games over .500 with a 78-62 record.  The NL East Division standings have long been decided.  The Phillies will finish in third place (barring a remarkable two sweeps against Atlanta this month).

The East Division race has developed into a real race between the Mets and Atlanta.  St. Louis has opened up a sizable lead on Milwaukee.  Los Angeles has all but clinched the West.  The seeding for the division winners is likely to be – West, East, Central.  However, New York and Atlanta could beat up on each other and allow the Cardinals to sneak into the second seed.

The National League Wild Card race is still a four-team race.  Atlanta is safely well in front for the first wild card if they don’t catch the Mets.  The Phillies are in second 1.5 games, 2 losses, and a tiebreaker ahead of San Diego.  The Padres are 2.0 games ahead of Milwaukee for the third wild card slot.  The Phillies are 3.5 games, 4 losses, and a tiebreaker ahead of the Brewers.


By merit of the first tie-breaker (head-to-head), the Phillies fare well against most of the probable playoff teams –

  • Los Angeles (4-3),
  • New York (5-14),
  • St. Louis (4-3),
  • Atlanta (6-6) with 7 to play,
  • San Diego (4-3),
  • Milwaukee (4-2).

The Phillies’ division record is 34-28.  Their record against the other NL divisions is 37-26.  Their interleague record, which doesn’t matter in tie-breakers, is 7-8.


In Other News …

The MLBPA is prepared to take on the representation of the minor league players who play for stateside teams.  The MLB commissioner announced this week that they would not contest the move and force an NLRB-sponsored vote.  It will be interesting to see this shakes out.  I saw a lot of comments on social media decrying the move as causing ticket prices to go up and teams and players to be reduced.  Along with pay and working conditions, unions protect jobs.  That plus the fact that the MLB has ten-year contracts with their remaining affiliates doesn’t seem to foreshadow any great loss of jobs.  Ticket prices may go up, but mine have every year.  That’s capitalism.

The MLB Rules Committee (6 owners and 5 other guys) voted to make several rule changes for the 2023 season – a pitch clock, shift restrictions, and larger bases.  Once again, social media went crazy over the changes.  For instance, one said the clock would mean less baseball for his money.  A silly statement since the clock would only reduce non-playing time.  I’ve watched games with a clock since they first started testing.  The players get used to it after a few games.  After a while, fans won’t even notice.  I’ve never been in favor of shift restrictions but I wasn’t in favor of the universal DH.  Tough on me.  And, the larger bases are supposed to increase action on the basepaths.  We’ll see. I think they need to change the way baseball people in the organizations feel about stolen bases to bring about change.

Instructs start this week.


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 24, 2023: Opening Day for Spring Training Games
    • February 25, 2023: (SS) v. New York Yankees (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
    • February 25, 2023: (SS) at Detroit (Lakeland), 1:05 PM
    • February 26, 2023: v. Minnesota Twins (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
    • February 27, 2023: at Pittsburgh Pirates (Bradenton) Time TBD
    • February 28, 2023: v. Toronto Blue Jays (SS) (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
    • March 1, 2023: at Minnesota Twins (Fort Myers) Time TBD
    • March 2, 2023: at Boston Red Sox (Fort Myers) Time TBD
    • March 3, 2023: v. Detroit Tigers (SS) (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
    • March 4, 2023: v. Pittsburgh Pirates (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
    • March 5, 2023: at Toronto Blue Jays (Dunedin) Time TBA
    • March 6, 2023: at Baltimore Orioles (Sarasota) Time TBA
    • March 7, 2023: v. Tampa Bay Rays (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
    • March 8, 2023: OFF DAY
    • March 9, 2023: v. Baltimore Orioles (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
    • March 10, 2023: v. Pittsburgh Pirates (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
    • March 11, 2023: at New York Yankees (SS) (Tampa) Time TBD
    • March 12, 2023: v. Toronto Blue Jays (Clearwater) (SS) 1:05 PM
    • March 13, 2023: OFF DAY
    • March 14, 2023: v. Atlanta Braves (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
    • March 15, 2023: at New York Yankees (Tampa) Time TBA
    • March 16, 2023: at Detroit Tigers (Lakeland), 6:05 PM
    • March 17, 2023:(SS) v. Toronto Blue Jays (SS) (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
    • March 17, 2023: (SS) at Toronto Blue Jays (SS) (Dunedin) Time TBA
    • March 18, 2023: at Atlanta Braves (North Port) Time TBA
    • March 19, 2023: v. Boston Red Sox (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
    • March 20, 2023: v. Baltimore Orioles (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
    • March 21, 2023: at Pittsburgh Pirates (Bradenton) Time TBA
    • March 22, 2023: at Tampa Bay Rays (Port Charlotte) Time TBA
    • March 23, 2023: v. Detroit Tigers (SS) (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
    • March 24, 2023: at Toronto Blue Jays (Dunedin) Time TBA
    • March 25, 2023: v. New York Yankees (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
    • March 26, 2023: at Baltimore Orioles (Sarasota) Time TBA
    • March 27, 2023: at Toronto Blue Jays (Dunedin) Time TBA
    • March 28, 2023: v. Toronto Blue Jays (Clearwater) 12:05 PM
  • March 30, 2023: Season Opener at Texas Rangers
  • April 6, 2023: Home Opener v. Cincinnati Reds
  • July 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.

9/11/2022 – Phillies activated RHP Seranthony Dominguez from the 15-day IL
9/11/2022 – Phillies optioned RHP Vinny Nittoli to Lehigh Valley
9/11/2022 – SS Madison Stokes assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
9/11/2022 – SS Sal Gozzo assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore
9/10/2022 – Phillies sent RHP Hans Crouse on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
9/10/2022 – Clearwater activated LHP Matt Osterberg from the Development List
9/10/2022 – Clearwater transferred C Adony Mejia to the Development List
9/10/2022 – Reading activated RHP Braden Zarbnisky from the 7-day IL
9/09/2022 – Phillies sent RHP Zach Eflin on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
9/09/2022 – Jersey Shore activated SS Uziel Viloria from the 7-day IL
9/08/2022 – Phillies sent RHP Seranthony Dominguez on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
9/08/2022 – Clearwater activated C Chris Burke
9/07/2022 – LHP Jordan Fowler assigned to Jersey Shore from Clearwater
9/07/2022 – Jersey Shore activated C Anthony Quirion from the temporarily inactive list
9/07/2022 – RHP Albertus Barber assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore
9/06/2022 – Detroit claimed SS Luis Garcia off waivers from Phillies
9/05/2022 – Lehigh Valley placed RHP Mark Appel on the 7-day IL
9/05/2022 – RHP Griff McGarry assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
9/05/2022 – RHP Noah Skirrow assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
9/05/2022 – RHP Brett Schulze assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore
9/05/2022 – Reading activated RHP Brett Schulze