Article Written by Michael Doctorvitz
Originally Published on July 27, 2023
The hard part of the Philadelphia Phillies’ schedule is seemingly over. After a shocking series win against the AL East leading Baltimore Orioles, where they had to come from behind in each victory, the Phillies will have 13 of their next 22 games against sub .500 teams.
This part of their schedule starts tomorrow against the Pittsburgh Pirates. After the Pirates, is a big series against the reeling Miami Marlins. That series against the Marlins could bury them behind the Phils for the rest of the season.
The Phillies, as of right now, sit 0.5 game back of the San Francisco Giants for the top wild card spot in the National League. After these next 22 games, the Giants will come to town for a three game series that could have huge implications.
Although it is very unlikely, the division is not completely out of the question. The Phillies currently sit 10 games back of the first place Atlanta Braves, who were just swept by the Boston Red Sox and will now face the NL Central leading Milwaukee Brewers.
The Phillies’ remaining schedule is ranked 23rd for strength of schedule with an average opponent win percentage of .492. The Braves have the 22nd ranked remaining strength of schedule with an average opponent win percentage of .492 as well. The only difference is that the Phillies have two less games remaining to play.
With the deadline approaching, it would be nice to see the Phillies add either another arm in the rotation or bullpen or possibly another bat especially since Trea Turner has been such a let down. Adding both could be tough but would be ideal.
Whether or not the Phillies make the postseason this year could rely heavily on these upcoming 22 games. They have to win at least 15 of them for it to be considered a successful stretch.
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