Phillies: 3 players that can help avoid late-season collapse

JoJo Romero #79 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
JoJo Romero #79 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /
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The Phillies losing 5 of 7 games to the Marlins does not bode well for their postseason chances

While the MLB playoff format is the widest open it has ever been, both in terms of league depth and the number of teams allowed to qualify, the Philadelphia Phillies are still battling to maintain a foothold in the race.

They currently reside as seventh out of eight National League teams being let in the playoff doors this fall, only a few games ahead of the Colorado Rockies and Milwaukee Brewers — both capable playoff teams. The Gabe Kapler-led San Francisco Giants currently hold the eighth and final National League postseason spot.

And, aside from the bigger names on the 2020 Phillies roster, there is still reason for hope over their last 14 games — despite them losing five of seven to the Miami Marlins — thanks to these three players.

JoJo Romero

JoJo Romero #79 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

JoJo Romero has been a hot name among Phillies fans since his call-up from the 60-man player pool. It’s the hair, the energy he brings on the mound for every outing, and the encouraging results for Jojo thus far.

Romero has struck out eight in 7 1/3 innings of work, showcasing mid-90s heat with multiple secondary offerings that play to both sides of the plate.

Opponents are only hitting .214 in the small sample size; as play continues to build in importance, his stuff will live up to the potential.

Left-handed bullpen help has been one of a few Achilles heels for the Phils, but Romero seems to have a grasp on what it takes to be at least an above-average bullpen arm. He did come through the system in part as a starter, so if a spot start needs to be made, the Phillies wouldn’t hurt to see what he can do over more than an inning at a time.