Thursday, August 22, 2019

Phils swept Boston, but can they beat the Marlins?


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Neris celebrates another great outing on Wednesday night in Boston


The Phillies have done something they hadn't done in 19 years on Wednesday night, that is sweep Boston in a series... Well, it was a short two game series, but that's a long time to go without being able to sweep a team in either a two or three game series.

A lot of Phillies fans are taking a wait and see approach to see whether they will stand behind this team. There is a lot of talk about the team winning a couple in a row, then losing a few in a row. This is the biggest reason a lot of fans aren't jumping on the Phillies bandwagon yet. That's kind of how 'fair weather' fans react, they like the team when they are winning, but at the risk of following a losing team, they hold out until the team starts to show it's true colors.

So beating Boston was great, as the rest of the games remaining, the Phils have to do their best to win those games as well. Only 37 games remain now on the schedule, this is the sprint to the finish. The Phillies are still in contention at this point for some sort of playoff appearance.

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Bryce Harper has been carrying the load in the last 7 or so games, he's really showing his worth now

The Phils play a team that loves to show up and tell teams that even though they may not be in a spot for playoff contention, they play the spoiler. The Phils couldn't seem to handle the Marlins that well this year, the Phils are 6-7 against a team that they should be beating. Calls for a sweep have to be ignored, the Phillies have to take 1 game at a time, they have to concentrate on winning just one game at a time.

Can the Phillies do it with this starting rotation? The Magic 8 Ball would probably return an answer of 'Probably Not". I always loved to shake up that Magic 8 Ball and read those answers, but looking at reality that is probably what will happen. The starting rotation other than Nola has been unpredictable and sometimes downright not good. It's not a big playoff rotation. There was no big upgrade at the starting pitcher position by management this year late near the trade deadline.

Prior to last night's game in Boston the Red Sox were 20-10 against the Phillies at Fenway, now they are 20-11 at the home ballpark. All time against the Phils now with the Boston Red Sox loss in both games, the Sox still hold a great record of 41-28 as of now.

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The Marlins have now lost 6 in a row, recently swept by Atlanta

We've heard it a lot lately, the Marlins series is going to be crucial, but really every game until the end of the season is crucial. The Phillies have had some off days to get some rest in. Can they keep it going as they have the last week or so?

The Marlins series kicks off Friday night:

Zack Eflin takes the mound for the Phils, and for the Marlins, Hector Noesi, he's 0-3 with a 9.39 ERA


MLB Notes:

The NL Wildcard Game will take place on October 1, 2019 on TBS

The AL Wildcard Game will take place on October 2, 2019 on ESPN

The World Series will start off on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 on Fox - at the team with the best record of the NL and AL Champions.

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