Dave Dombrowski: “We’re Going to Try to Make Our Club Better”
The Philadelphia Phillies are less than two weeks away from the MLB trade deadline. They are currently 47-45, two games above .500, and only two games back of the NL East leading New York Mets. The main topic of conversation now is if the Phillies will be buyers or sellers. I have been constantly writing about how the Phillies need to be buyers in order to end a decade long postseason drought. Dave Dombrowski appeared on The Takeoff with John Clark to discuss the current state of the Phillies and their recent hot streak and gave us the following quote. “We are in this. We are going to try to make our club better”
The Phillies are 7-3 in their last 10 games and now 10-4 in the month of July. As I mentioned, they are now just two games behind the New York Mets for first place in the National League East. The Mets recently sent Jacob deGrom and Francisco Lindor to the injured list. The division is open for the taking and the Phillies, with a couple key moves before the deadline, can turn themselves into a playoff contender.
Dave Dombrowski on the Current Roster:
“I think we’re better than a .500 team, personally. I think we’ve played much better here recently over the last 15, 20 games, so we’ve been playing better. We are contending. As we’re doing this interview, we’re 2.5 games out of first place. We have a chance to win. We legitimately have a chance to win. We have to do the little things right. We have to advance runners, get runners in from the third base. We have cut down our strikeouts a great deal. We have to make routine plays from a defensive perspective.“
Are the Phillies Buying or Selling?
“We’re not selling. I mean, we’re not in a position where we’re looking to move players off our team. Now, anything can happen in 10 days or two weeks,” he said. “If all the sudden, and I don’t like to take this scenario, if you lose 10 games in a row, well, that might be one thing that’s a little bit different, or if you win 10 games in a row, that’s a little bit different. But we’re in a position where we’re in this and we’re going to try to make our club better over the next time period.”
That’s pretty much all you need to know. The Phillies would be foolish to look past an opportunity to make the postseason for the first time in a decade. Luckily for us, Uncle Dave agrees.
Day off today for the Phillies before traveling to New York to face the Yankees in a two game series. From there, we will play the Nationals and Braves at home before the deadline. Keep the momentum moving in the right direction and let Dombrowski, Fuld, and the Phillies organization bring in some key pieces before August.
Catch the full episode here:
Mandatory Credit: John Clark | NBC Sports Philadelphia | The Takeoff