The Philadelphia Phillies are out of the race but building for the future. They have exciting young players all over their roster and in their system. And it’s starting to show in the late part of this season.
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There are several reasons why the Phillies had the worst record in baseball at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, but the bullpen was near the top. Through July 31, the relievers had a 4.43 ERA, ranked 22nd in baseball and had converted just 16 of 31 save opportunities.
The Phillies will end this season without having used a single left-handed starter. The last time that happened was 1918.
The Phillies will employ their 11th starting pitcher of the season in Sunday’s rubber game against Oakland, sending former Oakland Athletics pitcher Henderson Alvarez to the mound against A’s lefty Sean Manaea (10-10, 4.65 ERA).
When this season started, Cameron Rupp was the Phillies’ regular catcher. Then, for a while, Andrew Knapp was getting the bulk of the playing time.
Catcher Jorge Alfaro’s two-out, two-run homer with the score tied in the bottom of the sixth inning lifted the Phillies to a 5-3 win over the Athletics on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.
Phillies general manager Matt Klentak, like everybody else, watched the Phillies post the worst record in baseball through the All-Star break.
Two clubs with as much shared history as any continue their three-game set Saturday in Philadelphia. The A’s occupied Philadelphia alongside the Phillies from 1901-54, before moving to Kansas City and then, ultimately, Oakland in the late 1960s. This marks just the sixth series the teams have played against each other.
A’s right-hander Daniel Mengden’s funky windup kept the Phillies’ bats off balance and silent Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies will play host to the A’s for three games at Citizens Bank Park, with the Interleague set beginning Friday in a 7:05 p.m. ET matchup.