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Joseph: The Philadelphia Phillies Will Make the MLB Playoffs

As the MLB regular season is winding down with seven days left, five teams have already locked in a playoff spot. Some of these playoff races are tight. Division leaders are still unknown. Who will take a wild card spot?. More specifically, in the National League East Division, the Philadelphia...
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Do or die — Sizing up the Phillies’ biggest series in a decade

You can't look ahead. Play one game at a time. Focus on today. Phillies players and management have given these clichés lip service over the last month or so, but deep down inside, every one of them has been circling a three-day stretch in Atlanta as the potential salvation of their season.
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At 'striking distance,' Phils seek sweep in ATL

PHILADELPHIA -- Bryce Harper stood in front of a microphone on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park and addressed the 29,336 fans who came to see the Phillies play their final regular-season home game in 2021. Oct. 11 is Game 3 of the National League Division Series. The...
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Phillies' playoff hopes likely ride on this week's series vs. Braves

It really can't be overstated how terrible Sunday was for the Phillies and their playoff hopes. Entering the day trailing the Braves by 1.5 games and looking to sweep the Pirates, the Phils were blanked, and the Braves handled the Padres out west — putting Philly 2.5 games behind with six to play.
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Phillies drop home finale with Pirates, fall 2 1/2 behind Braves

Bryce Harper stood at a microphone placed in front of the Phillies dugout before the start of Sunday's home finale with the Pirates and told the near 30,000 fans in attendance that he hopes to see them back at Citizens Bank Park on Oct. 11. There was a buzz in the air.
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Syracuse’s Schrenk Thriving In Tutoring Future MLB Pitchers

One telephone call five months ago from New York Mets' Farm Director Jeremy Barnes is all it took to bring Steve Schrenk to Syracuse. Schrenk hadn't planned on being in uniform this season. When the Syracuse Mets began this season's Triple-A East season in May, Mike Cather was the pitching...
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Phillies call up recently acquired pitching prospect for MLB debut

Hans Crouse, the pitching prospect the Phillies acquired from the Texas Rangers with Kyle Gibson in the Spencer Howard trade, had his contract selected Sunday and made his MLB debut. The 23-year-old right-hander started the Phils’ final home game of the regular season Sunday afternoon against the Pirates. They have...
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HARPER ON THE BIG STAGE AS PHILS FANS YEARN FOR A RED OCTOBER

The World Series, March Madness, the World Cup and the U. S. Open golf and tennis. Bryce Harper, the National League MVP contender who bows every game to fans in right field, knows all about it. “We have six more big ones,” he said. “Hopefully, we’re back here Oct. 11...
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MLB magic numbers, schedules: Yankees pass Red Sox for 1st Wild Card; Cardinals clinch tie (9/27/21)

As usual, the postseason picture still hasn’t taken full shape with the regular season down to a week. The weekend that was did upset the apple cart in the American League Wild-Card race with the Yankees passing the Red Sox for the top spot with a weekend sweep at Fenway Park. Meanwhile, Boston now is just one game ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays, two up on the Seattle Mariners and three ahead of the Oakland Athletics for the second AL Wild Card.
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SWEEP CITY: PHILS HAVE TO WIN ALL 3 IN ATLANTA STARTING TONIGHT!

The NL East race lost some drama on Sunday, when the Phillies lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates and dropped 2 1/2 games behind the division-leading Atlanta Braves. Fortunately for the Phillies, the two begin a three-game series in Atlanta tonight. Philly has its two best pitchers starting the series in...
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PHILS HAVE TO SWEEP BRAVES BECAUSE THEY COULDN’T SWEEP BUCS!

So, the Phils awaken this morning 2 1/2 games behind the Braves in NL East, which is their only real shot at making the playoffs. They are off today and fly to Atlanta for a three-game series that will tell the tale of this bizarre season,. They missed sweeping the...
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Shades of Kranick's debut in gem vs. Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- Max Kranick had been waiting three months to match the excitement from his spectacular MLB debut -- and he did exactly that pitching in front of more than 50 family members and friends on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park. Kranick, who grew up less than 150 miles away...
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Braves to face Phils after wild 9th in beating Padres

ATLANTA — Will Smith struck out the side around three walks in the ninth inning to finish the Atlanta Braves’ 4-3 win over the San Diego Padres that opened a 2 1/2-game lead over Philadelphia heading into their NL East showdown. Pinch-hitter Orlando Arcia hit a go-ahead double in the...
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PHILS PLAYOFF CHANCES PLUMMET TO 7% FROM 21%!

The Phils flopped yesterday, losing to the Pirates 6-0 while the Braves beat the Pads 4-3 to increase their NL East lead to 2 1/2 games. And Philly and Atlanta start a three-games series down south tomorrow night. According to FiveThirtyEight.com, the Phillies have a 7% chance of making the...
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Phillies Lose a Step in NL East as They Fall to Pirates

The Philadelphia Phillies must have missed the memo that today was Fan Appreciation Day at Citizens Bank Park. Hans Crouse, the prospect that was included in the Spencer Howard trade with the Texas Rangers, made his major league debut today. He started the game for the Phils, donning #51 and...
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