Time to Wrap Up the Phillies Season


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The Phillies are going to play some October baseball- this weekend. The bitter truth has been evident since Opening Day against the Red Sox, the Phillies will not be in the playoffs for the fourth straight year. They will watch the hated New York Mets go to the playoffs representing the division that the Phillies were a constant factor in from 2001 through 2012. Since then, the Phillies have been irrelevant in the pennant race, and this year they will finish with baseball’s worst record.

I feel better than I did a year ago at this time about the club. Cole Hamels has been traded for a huge haul of prospects, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley are now in the Phillies history books, and Jonathan Papelbon is someone else’s mess. Maikel Franco, Odubel Herrera, Aaron Altherr, Cesar Hernandez, and Freddy Galvis are now a part of this roster, Ken Giles is closing games, and Jerad Eickhoff and Aaron Nola are looking like serious pitchers. Yes, the wins and losses are eight games worse than last year and counting, but they are no longer an old and stagnant team. You can start to look at the pieces you have, all much younger, and make determinations about whether or not they are part of the future team. That’s an upgrade from where we were last year.

With Nola and Morgan shut down, and with Franco and Hernandez’s seasons over, this week isn’t a barometer of much. Perhaps it’s mostly about how Herrera, Galvis, Giles, and Eickhoff finish off their seasons. Perhaps it’s time to be in the dumps over this team’s impending 100th loss, or the lost opportunities in Miami and Atlanta on this last trip. Perhaps it’s just a time to enjoy six more baseball games before it’s all over. I’m definitely sad to see baseball go for the year, as I am every year. I’ll miss it when i’m shoveling snow in January.

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