Phillies win 4-1 as NL Playoff Race Heats Up
The injury ridden Phillies got a much needed 4-1 win last night against the Mets. They snapped a 3-game losing streak, move back over .500 (24-23), and climb within a half-game of the Miami Marlins for 2nd place in the NL East. They are still 4 games back of the NL East leading Atlanta Braves.
Last night, Jake Arrieta left the game with a hamstring injury. He grabbed the back of his left leg in the 6th inning and limped off the field.
After the game, Arrieta said he doesn’t think the hamstring injury is serious and called the hamstring pull a grade 1 strain. He seemed optimistic he would be able to get back to the mound sooner than later, which is super important given the injuries to the rotation over the last week.
Alec Bohm played great at 1st base as we await news on the severity Rhys Hoskins’ injury. He’s Currently on 10-day DL and awaiting further results to see if he needs Tommy John Surgery.
Kyle Garlick left the game because of an injured oblique, which is why Adam Haseley pinch-hit for him in the fourth. Tough to see another Phillie go down with an injury but Haseley rose to the occasion singling to center and scoring Scott Kingery and Jean Segura.
The Mets would make it a 1-run game the following inning, but Sir Didi crushed a 2-run HR to give the Phillies a 4-1 lead in the 5th, and the bullpen (yes, the bullpen) took over from there to secure the win.
JOJO ROMERO. He’s got the look, he’s got the swagger, and he’s pitched extremely well in the limited appearances he’s had for the Phillies. If this team wants to close out the season on a high note and make some noise in the playoffs, they will certainly need guys like Jojo Romero to continue to pitch well out of the bullpen.
Romero pitched 2 innings, allowing 1 hit and striking out two. The final 13 games will be a pitching adventure. The Phillies will need some help offensively too.
With JT Realmuto still nursing a hip flexor, and the uncertainty of Rhys Hoskins’ injury, the Phillies need guys to step up.
Scott Kingery is showing some very encouraging signs of life of late. He followed up his home run from yesterday with a double off of Rick Porcello in the 4th inning. If #JetpaxSZN can return to form in these last two weeks of the season, we can all take a deep breath and put the bad months behind us.
We need Bryce Harper to be Bryce Harper again. Over the last 30 games, he’s batting a horrid .204 (20-98) with 4 HR and 11 RBI. Didi and Bohm have been fantastic. Segura is a rollercoaster. Cutch has remained somewhat consistent. Without Harper, Realmuto, and Hoskins, it’s hard to believe the once high powered Phillies offense will be able to contend far into October.
Zack Wheeler is back tonight against his former team. Wheeler is 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA in two starts against the Mets this season. He will face Cy Young front-runner Jacob deGrom. deGrom will make his 10th start of the season, He’s 4-1 with a 1.67 ERA and has always been dominant against the Phillies, going 8-1 with a 2.16 ERA in 16 starts over his career.
Ring that bell, baby.
Mandatory Credit: CBS Philly