Phillies to start Blake Parker, officially give up on 2019

Blake Parker #53 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Blake Parker #53 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /

The Phillies 2019 season will officially end on Tuesday.

Losing 10 of their last 15 games, the Phillies season is more than likely over with their playoff chances plummeting in recent months. With the latest news to come out of Washington, we now have proof that the Phillies, whose playoff elimination number is one, have given up.

Philadelphia will start reliever Blake Parker for game one of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals, who are likely set to face the Milwaukee Brewers in the wild card playoff game.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia has fallen to 6.5 games out of the wild card and stand to have their eighth consecutive losing season and finish below the New York Mets.

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It’s a far cry from where fans and analysts projected a team that spent over half a billion dollars last offseason to stock the offense with Bryce Harper, Jean Segura, Andrew McCutchen, and J.T. Realmuto. Consider Parker’s first career start after 286 relief appearances the official white flag of the 2019 season.

No, that’s not Bob McClure waving a white towel, it’s actually the team giving up on 2019.

Parker will likely go an inning or two as an opener and someone such as Cole Irvin or Nick Pivetta will be stretched out to go multiple innings.

Once the Phils are officially eliminated from playoff contention, all eyes will turn to Gabe Kapler, who has been on the hot seat from day one in Philadelphia. Names such as Joe Maddon, Buck Showalter, and Mike Scioscia have already come up in rumors, but it will all come down to what owner John Middleton wants to do.

General manager Matt Klentak has supported the man he picked to be manager, but has never fully committed to Kapler beyond this year.