Phillies playing for a needed series victory on Sunday

Phillies and White Sox will wrap a three-game weekend series at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday afternoon. (Matt Veasey/Phillies Nation)

The Philadelphia Phillies (58-52) held on for a 3-2 victory over the visiting Chicago White Sox (47-61) on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.

With that win, the Phillies moved back into a tie with their NL East Division rivals, the Washington Nationals, for the second National League Wildcard spot.

The Phillies and Nationals are each six games behind the Atlanta Braves in the loss column in the race for the NL East Division crown.

Beating teams like the White Sox is imperative to any hope that the Phillies might have of ending their eight-year stretch of missing the playoffs.

The Chisox are one of the half-dozen worst teams in the game, both by record and by any statistical evaluation. Picking up a victory on Sunday would give the Phillies two of three here, winning the series. That is the minimum they must accomplish against losing teams. So, that makes this afternoon’s contest of great importance to the home squad.




  1. Corey Dickerson LF
  2. Jean Segura SS
  3. Bryce Harper RF
  4. Rhys Hoskins 1B
  5. J.T. Realmuto C
  6. Cesar Hernandez 2B
  7. Scott Kingery 3B
  8. Drew Smyly P
  9. Roman Quinn CF


  1. Leury Garcia CF
  2. Tim Anderson SS
  3. Jose Abreu 1B
  4. Jon Jay RF
  5. Eloy Jimenez LF
  6. Ryan Goins 3B
  7. James McCann C
  8. Yolmer Sanchez 2B
  9. Reynaldo Lopez P



Phillies – Drew Smyly: 1-0, 0.69 ERA, 1.91 FIP, 0.846 WHIP, 8 hits over 13 IP across two starts with a 13/3 K:BB

White Sox – Reynaldo Lopez: 5-9, 5.43 ERA, 5.10 FIP, 1.464 WHIP, 136 hits over 124.1 IP across 22 starts with a 117/46 K:BB



  • The Phillies will honor the 2009 National League Champions with a reunion this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.
  • Phillies enter play today with a 24-13 record during day baseball and their .649 winning percentage in the afternoon ranks 2nd among all National League clubs and 4th in the majors.
  • Since the start of the 2018 season, the Phillies are 20-12 in Interleague play and their .625 winning percentage is T-3rd-best in MLB.
  • Phillies are 50-13 this season when they score at least four runs in a game and their .794 winning % when doing so is 2nd-best in the National League and 5th in the majors. The club’s .794 winning % when scoring four or more would be their highest in a single season since 2011 when they went 72-13.
  • Realmuto currently ranks 11th among all National League position players with 3.3 WAR this season (Fangraphs). The Phillies have not had a position player finish in the top 10 in the NL in WAR since 2011 when Shane Victorino posted a 5.6 WAR in 132 games. In 27 games since June 29, Realmuto is slashing .308/.330/.529 with 17 R, 13 XBH (8 2B, 5 HR) and 19 RBI.
  • The Phillies demoted third baseman Maikel Franco to Triple-A Lehigh Valley prior to today’s game. The presumption is that Scott Kingery will play the position for most of the rest of the season. Adam Haseley will rotation in the outfield with Quinn and Dickerson, as well as Jay Bruce once he is healthy.







  1. Fleming Hill

    August 4, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    What a clueless organization!
    I have been a Phillies fan for over 50 years until today!
    How in the hell do you option the person third on the team in homeruns?
    This is a joke! this team from Macphail down sucks.
    I will never support this organization again after this fiasco!
    Is Harper next or Hopkins in perspective their numbers arent a hell of alot better!
    I hope Franco goes to a team and continues to haunt these losers forever!

    • delmo

      August 4, 2019 at 3:50 pm

      This simply confirms that organization finally admits their South American scouting, signings and training academies are a total mcphailure. This has been well know by serious observers for years as the main incentive has been inexpensive player procurement to keep the affiliates functioning. N.B.-see odubel, hernandez et al; all these dudes will never take Phillies to World Series glory. Can they even sign a paycheck or interphace with translators and interpreters with their gold chains hindering them? Many U.S.A. kids never learn to sign their names in today’s education system. They all better hope for electronic transfer. You no the Phillies brass does with their skills or lack there of. Too bads.

  2. Phanatic

    August 4, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    If you owned a baseball team and realized you could make money with little effort wouldn’t you do the same thing? Why not?

    The Phillies park has a children’s playground, a Muppet Show in the form of the Phanatic, ‘walk-up music’ and any other gimmick you can imagine. Serious teams like the Yankees and Cubs and Cardinals and Dodgers and Red Sox don’t need these gimmicks. It is basically Disney World. Nobody goes to Disney World expecting to win anything. The Phillies figured this out. They can field losers who would never make the roster of any other MLB team and basically shaft the ignorant patsy and dupe known as the Philadelphia sports fan. This ignorant patsy and dupe known as the Philadelphia sports fan will fork over his hard earned money and loyalty every time. All you need is a crime syndicate like JOHN MIDDLETON and his co-conspirators to exploit this ignorant patsy and dupe and there you have it. A profit-making enterprise with no effort whatsoever to win. Atlantic City and Las Vegas are perhaps more like the Phillies. People actually go to Atlantic City and Las Vegas to WIN but when they don’t, and like the Phillies they usually do not, they still convince themselves they had a good time. John Middleton and his crime syndicate of knaves and highwaymen and swindlers and scam artists and liars and thieves know this.

    White Sox win 10-5. Since the Phillies are the McDonalds of baseball, all I can say is ‘I’m Lovin It.’

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