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What it is ain’t exactly clear: Phillies 12, Pirates 6

J.T. Realmuto is heating up | Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

Six-run deficit? No problem!

This isn’t how it’s supposed to be done. You’re not supposed to fall into a big hole before storming back for a huge win. But that’s apparently become the Phillies’ thing. For the third time this month - and second time this week - the Phillies overcame an early six-run hole to emerge victorious. On Thursday, despite a poor start by Aaron Nola, the offense was able to bring the...

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Ethan Witte

Gamethread 9/23: Pirates at Phillies

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Maybe?

If this game gets going at 7:05, it’ll be impressive. The rain has been pretty heavy today, so the field might take some time, but it should get in. If it does, the Phillies - you guessed it - need to win this game. They’ll use the powder blues to help as well.

Here are the lineups. For the Phillies:

Rain, rain, go away. #RingTheBell

: @NBCSPhilly
: @SportsRadioWIP
: https://t.co/HhDxScsXwt // https://t.co/vgbMhIuRqd...

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Leo Morgenstern

Héctor Neris and his quest for Phillies greatness

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The Phillies reliever is inching closer and closer to the franchise record for strikeouts by a reliever.

Nine is a special number in baseball, but you already knew that. Nine innings, nine positions, ninety feet between each base.

Nine has also been an important number for the Phillies this season. They’ve cycled through nine different starting pitchers in the rotation – Wheeler, Nola, Eflin, Gibson, Suárez, Moore, Anderson, Velasquez, and...

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John Stolnis

The 1988 Dodgers, 2006 Cardinals & 10 games left for the Phillies to join them

The Phillies are an incomplete, flawed team, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make the postseason.

After an uninspiring but season-saving series victory over the Baltimore Orioles, the Phillies have just 10 games left in what has been a mostly frustrating season.

But they are not dead. Despite having dirt thrown on their corpses numerous times (I’ve done it at least three times in the last month), the Phils enter Thursday at 78-74, three games behind the Atlanta Braves in the...

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The Smarty Jones

Trudging on: Phillies vs. Pirates series preview

Will Crowe’s best start of the season came against...you guessed it, the Phillies! | Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

After (barely) beating the Orioles, the Phillies move on to another bad opponent who they’ll probably struggle with

Despite the Orioles possessing one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball, the Phillies’ offense struggled in the last series. To be fair, the Orioles have one solid starter in John Means. But its not like they were lighting up the other guys...

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Ethan Witte

Rise and Phight: 9/23/2021

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Another day, another bad team the Phillies should beat

It’s kind of rough that the team will have to remake their bullpen next season. Hector Neris is a free agent, possibly looking to cash in a little bit, several others are arbitration eligible and can have a case made to not tender them a contract. Of course, it would be foolhardy to get rid of everyone in the bullpen as there simply isn’t enough money to go out and buy 6-7 new relievers, no...

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Ethan Witte

Get your MV3 shirt today from BreakingT

It is time

Listen, you might be getting annoyed at all of our chatter of Bryce Harper being the MVP. Unfortunately, you’re going to be disappointed to learn that we don’t plan on stopping. There really isn’t much of a question that he is in the lead, no matter what Fernando Tatis, Jr. does in San Diego. That dugout confrontation will linger in the mind of voters who are looking for those winning intangibles that separate players packed this tightly.

So, join us as we support...

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Ethan Witte

We will never speak of this series again: Phillies 4, Orioles 3

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Just take the series win and move on

Was this a “must win” game?

Of course it was. Not only do the Phillies need to win every single game they can down the stretch here, they also cannot give away games against weak competition. They already did once this series, so letting it happen again could not happen.

Luckily, they had Zack Wheeler on the mound.

Wheeler was excellent yet again tonight against the Orioles. After a month of August where he stumbled...

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Ethan Witte

Gamethread 9/22: Orioles at Phillies

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

It’s Wheeler Win Day

Last night was a gift. The Orioles gave the Phillies a win and tonight, they need to take advantage. I kind of refrain from calling games “must win” because each one is a must win. If you’re not winning, what are you doing?

Luckily, it’s Zach Wheeler Day and that day is at home, where Wheeler has been excellent this year. Of course those could be damning words, but I feel comfortable with this game.

Here are the lineups....

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Phillies Minor Leaguers Allegedly Disciplined for Speaking out on Living Conditions

Some players for the Jersey Shore BlueClaws—the Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies—have alleged that they were disciplined by the organization...

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Ethan Witte

Rise and Phight: 9/22/2021

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Win the game today please

Your favorite part of last night’s game was the ending, I’ll bet.

Mine was watching Joe Girardi get angry at Odubel Herrera. For some reason, he decided to bunt with a man on second, a man that had just been bunted over for the first out. Bunting him to third would have been asinine, so you can see how angry Girardi gets at him.

Joe Girardi did not like that bunt attempt from Odubel Herrera pic.twitter.com/KF1dsY0amH

— NBC...

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Ethan Witte

Thank goodness: Phillies 3, Orioles 2

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

I’m not sure I could have survived had this team lost tonight

Was tonight a “must win” game? Was this whole series a “must win”? The answer to the former should truthfully be a solid maybe, but the latter was an easy yes. The Phillies had to have this series against the Orioles, one way or another. Letting Baltimore shut them out last night only toughened the assignment for them as they came into tonight’s tilt.

Unfortunately the team had to use a...

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Ethan Witte

Gamethread 9/21: Orioles at Phillies

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I cannot wait for this game.

After last night’s debacle, we have to suffer through twin bullpen games. Should make for some exciting baseball tonight!!!!

Here are the lineups. For the Phillies:

Game two on deck. #RingTheBell

: @NBCSPhilly
: @SportsRadioWIP
: https://t.co/HhDxScsXwt // https://t.co/vgbMhIuRqd pic.twitter.com/tw5K6vfY28

— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) September 21, 2021

Looks like Adonis Medina will get the bulk innings...

Yardbarker: Philadelphia Phillies

Phillies Gifted With Weak Schedule To Finish The Season

The Philadelphia Phillies, despite not being able to fully break away from .500, are still very much in the playoff race and have two realistic avenues to get into October.

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John Stolnis

Two veteran leaders who must perform for the Phillies to reach the playoffs

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If McCutchen and Didi don’t get going, you can kiss the playoffs goodbye.

To say that 2021 has been a frustrating and perplexing season for Andrew McCutchen and Didi Gregorius would be an understatement.

It’s been largely awful for both players, especially as the Phillies try to end a nine-year postseason drought. Offensively, Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura have largely held up their end of the bargain, with Harper carrying the...

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Ethan Witte

Let’s try Matt Vierling at leadoff

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Because why not

The Phillies have had some leadoff issues this year. Collectively, they have been getting a .697 OPS out of the leadoff position, good for 28th in baseball. It’s been difficult for them to find someone who could be productive for longer than two weeks and be able to leave him there. In a frenzied search to find that leadoff hitter, they have used 11 players to start the game offensively. Of those 11 hitters, Joe Girardi has penciled in...

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Ethan Witte

Rise and Phight: 9/21/2021

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Well...

There was an interesting question posited last night on the Twitter about the Phillies in 2022.

Let me ask a question, if the Phillies could trade Didi, and sign Kris Bryant, would you be ok with Galvis at SS next year?

— Yoshke Zoidberg (@YoshkeZoidberg) September 21, 2021

It’s an interesting question, but it also seems pretty obvious what the answer should be. If the team can get Kris Bryant to come and play third (assuming he goes there and...

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The Smarty Jones

Means to an end: Orioles 2, Phillies 0

The Phillies made John Means look like Max Scherzer on Monday night | Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

If this is the best they can do, the Phillies might as well give up now.

When the Phillies fell behind the Orioles 2-0 in the first inning, fans began to panic.

Game over

— C (@diablos49) September 20, 2021

LMAOOOO games already over

— Mickey Moniak’s A Bust (@hectornerris) September 20, 2021

It seemed that many fans had convinced themselves that the Phillies’ history of...

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Ethan Witte

Gamethread 9/20: Orioles at Phillies

John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Just. Win.

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of “This is the biggest game of the year” for the Phillies.

They need to win tonight. Not just because they need every game they can get, but they need to beat these bad teams if they want to stay in the race for the division. Not being able to beat the Orioles in a three game series means they aren’t ready to win playoff games.

Here are the lineups. For the Phillies:

Big homestand. Let's get...

Yardbarker: Philadelphia Phillies

Phillies Designate Tyler Phillips For Assignment

The Phillies announced they’ve designated minor league righty Tyler Phillips for assignment. The move clears space on the 40-man roster for infielder Luke Williams, who has been activated from the COVID-19 injured list.

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