MLB roundup: Phillies on the move, for a ride and toward the playoffs

PHILADELPHIA – The trash talk began Long before kick-off, several Phillies sat on club couches analyzing their fantasy football teams and giving grief to players who were already off to a slow start. And after waiting for the Phillies to delay rain for 3½ hours – interim manager Rob Thompson shyly admitted he spent watching the NFL – Rhys Hoskins shouted to the media that he was beating Bryson Stott in a fantasy game.

“Literally the whole world knows now that I beat you in fantasy football,” Hoskins yelled at Stott after his interview ended.

Who is sexy, who is not, which QB is smelly, all this is on the table for a lively discussion.

But within the club, one topic that has been largely consciously avoided is Philadelphia’s place in the Premier League’s post-season standings. Is there any talk of qualifiers? Do you watch a lot of the scoreboard for other teams in pursuit?

Hazkins, who hit two hurdles in Philadelphia in the weekend campaign against the Washington Nationals, shook his head when the question was asked.

“We know it’s there. You can feel it,” Hoskins said. “We need to win games. We have to win as many games as we can before we get there and that starts on Tuesday.”

The Phillies run with their first playoff debut since 2011 – the 11-year drought and the longest in the National League – and advance this week with a six-game run starting on Tuesday with a three-game series in Miami and then three more in Atlanta. The Phillies should keep their suitcases on hand, as there are only six more home games left out of 22 competitions this season. They finished the season on a massive 10-game run with stops in Chicago, Washington and Houston.

Billy Walter (4-3, 4.02 ERA) got the start against the Marlins with the Phillies (78-62) who finished second on the wild card and a 3 1/2 game lead over Milwaukee in the berth of the final game entering Monday.

The post-season look is clear: According to match odds tracked by, Phillies have a 92% chance of making the playoffs (despite just 4% of winning the World Championship). FanDuel Sportsbook had a 40-1 odds on Monday winning the World Championship.

Dodgers: Although Major League Baseball initially admitted that the Dodgers snatched a playoff spot with their 11-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday – with playoff hats handed out at the club, a congratulatory tweet from the official MLB account and an “X” tag They were briefly placed next to their name in the official online standings – the league had to fall back because there were still three- and four-way breaks still in place.

The Dodgers now need another win (or another loss at the Milwaukee Brewers) to officially punch their ticket. They can still grab NL West as soon as Tuesday.

Monday game

Rangers 3, Marlins 2: Mark Mathias drew a rule-breaking walk-through in the eighth inning and lifted the Texans’ visit over Miami in the first game of the double-header split.

Miami loyalist Stephen Ockert (5-3) Cory Seeger and Adulis Garcia walked around Nathaniel Lowe’s solo before Matthias arrived.

Jonathan Hernandez (2-2) scored 1 and 2/3 runs. Matt Moore inherited two runners from Hernandez in eighth and Miguel Rojas retired on the ground. Jose Leclerc finished the match with a perfect ninth for his fifth save.

The defeat confirmed to Marlins (27-41) that the losing season at home, a day after clinching his record 23 without 0.500 in the club’s 30-year history.

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