Hey, we haven’t checked in with the Phillies in a while, let’s see how they’re doing:
Feel free to watch that video a few times. It may take a couple of views to realize that yes, Ben Revere made a half-assed attempt to catch a ball he could not have caught even if he were two-feet taller. And yes, Grady Sizemore, playing right, didn’t even budge until the ball already ricocheted of the wall and in his general direction. And yes, Andrew McCutchen, on what was a hard-hit but definitely playable ball, scored a stand-up inside the park home run.
That inside the parker also tied the game up, while Russell Martin also homered in the fifth inning, giving the Pirates (and pitcher VANCE WORLEY) a lead they would not relinquish. None of this really matters though, because the season is over, right? Wrong. According to Ben Revere — the same one above — this team is trying to make history:
The team currently in that second wild card spot is the Pittsburgh Pirates, the team that manhandled them last night. They are nine games back of the Pirates with 17 games to play. Baseball Prospectus gives the Phillies a 0.0% chance of getting that 2nd wild card spot. In case you were wondering what that looks like, the Phillies are that flat red line on the bottom:
So this season is over, but maybe we can get a fresh start next year, right? RIGHT?