Time for the Phillies to go all in on winning (7/19/21)
Nine days ago, I created a blog saying that the Phillies should become sellers at the trade deadline because of how the season was unfolding.
At that current time, the Phillies got blown out by the AL East leaders, the Red Sox, and they dropped to a record of 42–44.
The tide has now turned, the trade deadline is in eleven days, and the Phillies are only two games back of the division rival Mets.
The Fightin Phils are surging at the right time, as the MLB regular season is halfway to the finish line. Over their last ten games, the Phillies have gone a record of 7–3, and in the month of July they have compiled a record of 10–4.
Out all the teams in the league, the Phillies have the easiest remaining schedule, as the rest of the opponents that they will be facing have a winning percentage of .462%.
The NL East was supposed to be the best and most competitive division in all of baseball, but that idea never came into fruition.
The Mets have led the division for almost the entire season, but the way things are looking right now, it looks like they will drop to second place very soon.
They have suffered countless injuries, especially to their star players in Jacob DeGrom and Fransisco Lindor.
Lindor recently suffered a Grade 2 oblique strain, and will miss a good amount of time. Meanwhile, Degrom has been dealing with nagging injuries for much of the season, as recently he was placed on the 10 day IL (Injured List) with forearm tightness.
Injuries to their two best players have kept the Phillies alive in the race to October.
The Braves have suffered injuries of their own, as Ronald Acuna jr. is out for the season with a torn ACL. Starting pitcher Mike Soroka is also out for the season with a torn achilles.
With arguably the best pitcher and power hitter in all of baseball in Max Scherzer and Juan Soto, the Nationals are still in the thick of things for the NL East crown, but their pitching hasn’t performed up to par like it has over the past few seasons which has led to a below .500 record of 43–49, and because of their current record, it looks as though they will become sellers rather than buyers this deadline.
The Marlins are thirteen games below .500, so don’t expect them to start stacking up wins and winning the NL East championship this season.
The Phillies have a great chance at making the playoffs for the first time in ten years, and so moving all their poker chips to the middle of the table is their best option.