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With five games remaining in the 2023 MLB regular season, the Philadelphia Phillies have secured their ticket to the postseason following a walk off win against the Pittsburgh Pirates last night at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies secured a ticket to the postseason and with the D-Backs losing to the Atlanta Braves, the No. 1 Wild Card spot in the National League.
They now await their opponent in the Wild Card round, which will be the No. 2 spot in the standings. If the season were to end today, the Phillies would host the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 3-game series at Citizens Bank Park.
Phillies NL Wild Card Schedule
- Wild Card Game 1: Tuesday, October 3rd
- Wild Card Game 2: Wednesday, October 4th
- Wild Card Game 3 (If Necessary): October 5th
Phillies Regular Season Matchups vs Wild Card Contenders
The D-Backs, Cubs, Marlins, and Reds are all still fighting for a ticket to the postseason. Here’s how the Phillies stacked up against each during the regular season.
- Phillies won regular-season series against the D-backs, 4-3.
- Phillies won regular-season series against the Cubs, 5-1.
- Phillies lost regular-season series against the Marlins, 6-7.
- Phillies won regular-season series against the Reds, 4-3.
Phillies Postseason Rotation
Starting Pitchers: Zack Wheeler, Aaron Nola, Ranger Suarez
Zack Wheeler is still scheduled to pitch on Thursday against the Pirates, which sets him up perfectly on normal rest to pitch Game 1 of the NL Wild Card next Tuesday.
As of now, Nola is currently scheduled to pitch on Sunday in the regular-season finale against the New York Mets, but now that the Phillies have clinched, it’s almost certain that Nola will be pushed back to Game 2 of the Wild Card on Wednesday.
If necessary, in Game 3, the Phillies would hand the ball to Ranger Suarez on Thursday.
Phillies Postseason Bullpen
Bullpen: Craig Kimbrel, José Alvarado, Jeff Hoffman, Matt Strahm, Seranthony Domínguez, Gregory Soto, Michael Lorenzen, Taijuan Walker, Cristopher Sánchez, Orion Kerkering
The usual suspects of the bullpen will be joined by Taijuan Walker, Cristopher Sanchez, Michael Lorenzen, and the Orion Kerkering.
Phillies Postseason Lineup
Bryce Harper will be the Phillies’ everyday first baseman in the postseason which allows Schwarber to slide over into the designated hitter spot while Brandon Marsh and Johan Rojas take over duties in the outfield.
1. Kyle Schwarber, DH
2. Trea Turner, SS
3. Alec Bohm, 3B
4. Bryce Harper, 1B
5. J.T. Realmuto, C
6. Bryson Stott, 2B
7. Nick Castellanos, RF
8. Brandon Marsh, LF
9. Johan Rojas, CF
Phillies Postseason Bench
Bench: Garrett Stubbs, Cristian Pache, Edmundo Sosa, Jake Cave
Honestly, I don’t see how Rodolfo Castro makes the postseason roster. The Phillies have barely played him since he joined the ball club at the MLB Trade Deadline. He’ll likely play over the final five games of the regular season and have a shot to make it to October but it’s likely that Castro will join the ranks of the reserves with the following players in Clearwater, Florida.
Stay-Ready Reserves: catcher Rafael Marchán; first baseman Darick Hall; infielder/outfielder Kody Clemens; outfielder Weston Winston, right-handers Andrew Bellatti, Connor Brogdon, Nick Nelson, McKinley Moore and Luis Ortiz; and left-hander Michael Plassmeyer.
At the very least, Castro is attempting to join Garrett Stubbs as the ultimate locker room vibes guy which as we all know, is important for Red October success.
Fantastic News: Rodolfo Castro is adjusting to his postseason role as a locker room vibes guy. Love to see it. https://t.co/C6iz7xCJCT— Drew Smith (@drewmsmith) September 27, 2023