The first-place (I’ll use this for as long as I can) Phillies are off until Friday night when they open up the second half of the season at Citizens Bank Park against the San Diego Padres. It appears after a week-long tease of Manny Machado rumors that they will do so without the All-Star shorstop in the middle of their lineup:
#Dodgers increasingly likely to land Machado, sources tell The Athletic. Barring last-minute snag, several of interested teams expect that outcome.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 17, 2018
There are a lot of disappointed Phillies fans out there tonight, but it appears Jake Arrieta is taking the news harder than anyone:
— Brittany Arrieta (@MrsArrieta49) July 17, 2018
Can’t blame him. That’s what pitching in front of the Phillies’ lineup will do to a guy. Just kidding. I’m sure the sprints were just part of his standard workout regimen. Maybe.
Meanwhile, I, too, considered going for a run to blow off some steam after today’s disappointing developments, but I decided to take a pass on that. I have instead elected to eat four slices of pizza as I sit on the couch aimlessly refreshing Twitter while I watch all of the All-Star hitters that the Phillies don’t have.