The Road to 1st Place (& some picks for the weekend)

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It’s the end of August and apparently the Phillies season is not dead. Some of you may say it’s because the season started late but I’ve turned my head and certainly don’t know what you’re talking about.

NL East Standing as of 8/28

https://sportsdata.usatoday.com/baseball/mlb/standings

The Phillies play the Braves this weekend and it definitely should be on your watch list. With a 3 game sweep (don’t count on it) the Phillies will only be 1 game back from first place.

Jul 20, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; /Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto (10) gestures behind the plate against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Although the bullpen has been horrible, to say the least, they MIGHT be on the upswing. The Phillies started the Nationals series with an 8.00 ERA but have pitched very well the two games in that series. In the 2 game series, the bullpen pitched 6 innings only allowing 1 Earned Run(YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT). With 3 new assets added to the bullpen, they are going to be very crucial pieces in the outcome of the Phillies being contenders for this National League East Tittle. (I’m sure you already knew that)

Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

I’m not a huge blogger and I’m still trying to do it at an even pace to keep up with the picks. I’m going to give you my picks (fri-sat) since I’m not guaranteeing another blog for the weekend. Sorry to disappoint you in not being able to laugh at my illiterate posts more often. I will also post my picks on Twitter @benfreakbody / @nedegenerate

Friday Picks

Braves @ Phillies

Phillies (-140)

Nationals @ Red Sox

Nationals -1.5 (-125)

Saturday Picks

Flyers @ Islanders

Under 5.5

Royals @ White Sox

White Sox -1.5

Giolito struck out 13 Pirates on Tuesday, but recorded the final out on a liner to right.Credit…Matt Marton/Associated Press
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