What might have happened if the Phillies made the postseason
Simulation One, NLCS: Phillies vs Braves
Opposing Cole Hamels‘ team, even though the left-hander is sidelined due to injury, just did not feel right. The Phils felt the same way, and went on to lose the first three games of the series because their bullpen can’t hold a lead, a similar trend from the regular season. Things look bleak, but after the third devastating loss in a row, JoJo Romero steps in.
Romero teaches Brandon Workman, David Phelps, and Heath Hembree how to crush a Red Bull can against their arm. However, he forgets to mention that they’re supposed to drink the Red Bull first, and all three of them land on the injured list for the remainder of the series.
Philadelphia wins the next four games.
Simulation One, World Series: Phillies vs Rays
Jay Bruce mishears fans cheering for Bryce Harper (“Bryce! Bryce!”) and thinks they’re cheering for him (“Bruce! Bruce!”). This gives him a boost of confidence, and he goes on an epic tear, leading Girardi’s squad to victory. Klentak smugly reminds everyone that it was his idea to trade for Jay Bruce.
The Phillies win the World Series! The next day, Realmuto signs a 20-year extension for only $7 because he loves this team so much and never wants to leave.
Simulation Two, Wild Card Round: Phillies vs Dodgers
The Dodgers sweep the Phils in an utterly embarrassing series. Honestly, it would have been less heartbreaking if they hadn’t made the playoffs at all. Klentak is fired two days later. Realmuto signs with the Yankees.
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