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On the floor, not a lot has modified in Philadelphia
On the floor, not a lot has modified in Philadelphia. The Phillies are hovering round .500 — the identical place they have been for a number of years now.
This previous week offered a bit extra hope, nonetheless.
The Phillies gained three straight video games in walkoff trend, a part of a four-game successful streak that has left Philadelphia at 32-31 on the season. The Phillies are nonetheless six video games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets within the loss column, however they’re in second place within the division and are 7-2 in June.
Luke Williams beat Atlanta 2-1 on Wednesday with a two-run homer within the ninth inning — his first large league house run. The following day, Jean Segura drove in two runs with a Tenth-inning single for a 4-3 win over the Braves.
Then Segura got here by means of once more towards the New York Yankees on Saturday, hitting an RBI infield single to finish an 8-7, 10-inning victory. The Phillies did not want any late-game dramatics of their most up-to-date recreation, a 7-0 win over New York on Sunday.
In 2018, Philadelphia went 80-82. The Phillies added Bryce Harper after that season however nonetheless completed 81-81 of their first 12 months with him. They have been 28-32 final season. Philadelphia hasn’t made the playoffs since 2011 — a 12 months earlier than Harper made his large league debut and the identical 12 months Andrew McCutchen, now a Phillies outfielder, obtained All-Star honors for the primary time with Pittsburgh.
So the Phillies have quite a bit to show even after this thrilling week. In the event that they begin to play persistently properly, this might be a superb time. Philadelphia begins a western swing Monday that features matchups with the Dodgers and Giants. Then the Phillies host two video games towards Washington earlier than what might be a key four-game sequence in New York towards the Mets.
In the event you wanted a reminder about how uncommon final season was, contemplate this: Virtually each workforce within the majors has already performed extra video games than in 2020. Solely the Mets, with 57 video games performed, have not reached 60 but.
And in the event you suppose there are a exceptional variety of dominant pitchers this 12 months, there’s some fact to that. Final 12 months Shane Bieber led the majors with a 1.63 ERA. This season, Jacob deGrom (0.56), Lance Lynn (1.23), Kevin Gausman (1.43) and Brandon Woodruff (1.52) are all under Bieber’s mark thus far.
From 2004-09, Philadelphia gamers earned seven Silver Slugger awards. Chase Utley gained 4, and Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Bobby Abreu gained one every. Who’s the one Phillies participant to win one since?
LINE OF THE WEEK
Cleveland’s Aaron Civale allowed one hit in eight innings, hanging out 11 in a 7-0 win over Seattle on Friday evening. Civale retired 22 in a row after the Mariners leaded the bases within the first.
COMEBACK OF THE WEEK
Instantly after Civale’s gem, the Indians trailed Seattle 4-1 within the backside of the ninth Saturday, and after the primary two hitters grounded out, the Mariners had a win chance of 99.5%, based on Statcast. Following two walks and a single, it was nonetheless 4-2, then Rene Rivera doubled to tie the sport. Cleveland finally gained 5-4 in 10 innings.
Seattle’s Jake Fraley made one of many season’s high catches — at the very least if the sport scenario is accounted for — at Detroit on Wednesday evening. With the rating tied within the backside of the ninth, Isaac Paredes despatched a drive to left that will have ended the sport if Fraley hadn’t reached above the wall to make the seize. The Mariners additionally relayed the ball to first to double off a Detroit runner, and Seattle ended up successful in 11 innings.
J.T. Realmuto in 2019.
Comply with Noah Trister at www.Twitter.com/noahtrister
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