MLB: Another catastrophe? The new debacle of the Philadelphia Phillies when they had everything in their hands

The Philadelphia Phillies entered this September in good position to make their first postseason appearance since 2011. At the time, they held the second NL wild card and they were three games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers for a playoff spot.

But a September losing streak has changed that for the Phillies, something all too familiar in Philly. After being swept out of Wrigley Field following Thursday afternoon’s 2-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs, the Phils have lost five straight and 10 of their last 13:

The most recent loss brings the Phillies (83-72) into a tie with the Brewers (83-72) for the final NL Wild Card spot. Philadelphia holds the tiebreaker over Milwaukee as a result of winning the season series head-to-head, four games to two. If the Brewers beat the Marlins at night, the Phillies will be left out of the playoff picture for the first time since July 27, more than two months ago.

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The September meltdown has been all too familiar to the Phillies over the years. The team hasn’t had a winning September since 2017, which has hindered its postseason chances. Despite another disappointing September record (10-14) this season, the Phillies still believe in their chances and hope to overcome their recent struggles when they visit the Washington Nationals on Friday.

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Raphael Martinez

I am a fan of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and all Mexican baseball in general. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterruptedly since 2009), signatures of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, although as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I have baseball in my veins. Degree in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and a reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I arrived at El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services at Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and a few days later, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB: Another catastrophe? The new debacle of the Philadelphia Phillies when they had everything in their hands