Phillies learn valuable lessons from a tough series in L.A.
The Phillies aren’t World Series Contenders
Let’s be real; this team is good, probably good enough to win the N.L. East, but I don’t think they’ll have much success in October.
This series showed the National League pecking order; the Dodgers are alone at the top, the Phillies, Cubs, Brewers and maybe the Braves are a step below, and the gap is significant. The Phillies have shown they can beat Chicago, Milwaukee, and Atlanta, but they’ve fallen flat against Los Angeles.
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True, the Phillies played L.A. tight except the eighth inning Sunday, but they still lost all three. A genuine contender would have found a way to salvage at least one of those games.
The good news is, it’s still June, and the Phillies have time to become a real contender. It feels like this team is one move away from really making some noise in the postseason. If they acquire a top-flight lefty starter at the deadline, get their bullpen healthy, and figure out how to consistently get the most out of their offense, this team can play deep into October.
Ricky Bottalico had a good quote on this past series with the Dodgers:
"“If you wanna go to the World Series, you have to beat a team like [the Dodgers]” he said. “Which means you just had your measuring stick, what did you think? Now go and make the team better! Beat that team!”"
Hopefully, the team can take this sweep at the hands of the Dodgers and use it to recalibrate and improve moving forward.