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Continued Success #26: The collapse of the 2018 Phillies

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On Episode 26 of “Continued Success,” hosts Liz Roscher and Justin Klugh break down last night’s catastrophic loss in their doubleheader against the Nationals, and try to figure out why J.P. Crawford isn’t playing.

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On Episode 26 of “Continued Success,” hosts Liz Roscher and Justin Klugh tackle the unofficial “end” of the 2018 Phillies season, cataloging the managerial mistakes made by Gabe Kapler in the Phils’ doubleheader loss to the Washington Nationals. Also, where the hell is J.P.Crawford, and why isn’t he playing more?

Last night, the Phillies’ season ended.

The Phils got swept in a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals in a fashion that essentially captured the frustrations of the entire 2018 season into one game. There were managerial miscues, questionable bullpen usage, an utterly ridiculous 28 pitchers used in the doubleheader, and another blown lead by a Phillies closer, leading to an extra innings loss.

Now 6 12 games behind the Atlanta Braves with 18 to play, the race is done. There will be no postseason for the Phillies (and yes, we know that they have not been mathematically eliminated yet). In fact, at just four games over .500 and an 11-22 record in their last 33 games, it’s entirely reasonable to wonder if this team will even be able to finish with a winning record.

In just over a month, they went from being the second-best team in the National League (by record) to being the worst team in the NL (again, by record).

On the latest episode of Continued Success, Liz and Justin talk about the frustration of watching a once-promising season crumble into nothingness, and also wonder why the team has apparently lost all confidence in former top prospect J.P. Crawford.

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