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So where do the Phillies sit now after the chaos of Tuesday?

Once the dust settled, it’s time to think about how the team moves forward

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MLB: Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

Well, that was a day, huh?

If you were anything like the regular fans out there yesterday, you were constantly refreshing Twitter, trying to piece together what was happening in the baseball world as it came to grips with the fact that there is a full blown outbreak of Covid-19 among the Marlins’ roster. And it wasn’t all limited to yesterday, as news of the outbreak began Monday (no need for me to post tweets about it - you already have undoubtedly seen them).

As the games against the Yankees were cancelled through Thursday, the next focus of the team fell on when they might play next. It took a while, but eventually, the plan for the team’s re-re-restart came into focus. Here is what we know:

  • We do know, as of now, that no one on the roster or on the coaching staff has tested positive for Covid on the Phillies.

While Passan does rightfully caution that there could be some positive tests come up in the coming days, the initial testing round that did not produce a positive test among the core parts of the team is at least a piece of good news that was welcome. However, it should be noted that a member of the team, a person in the visitor’s clubhouse, did test positive for the virus.

While he or she may not be on the field entertaining fans, this person does play an important role in the game and their immediate health and well-being should not be forgotten.

  • When the Phillies do take the field again on Friday, it won’t be in Toronto as originally planned. Rather, it will take place back in Philadelphia as the Blue Jays await the completion of their “home field” in Buffalo. That means that the place where the virus was spread will need to get a very fast decontamination to the best of the abilities of those that have to do so. Judging by how seriously the team took itself in its preparations and precautions prior to restarting the season, this seems like something we can trust they will do well.
  • The pitching rotation will see some juggling when the Blue Jays come to town.

Meghan and her Athletic colleague penned an excellent summation of the challenges the team will face to stay game ready as they wait out the coming days, but it is nice that the team is taking their two best pitchers and making sure they see the mound more often. In a season that will take every advantage a team can get in order to get to the playoffs and succeed, it’s nice that Joe Girardi is taking advantage of the situation to set up his pitching staff as best he can to help the team win.

  • Of course, these games against the Yankees will more than likely be made up at some point, but the scenario does exist that teams, and not just the Phillies, will not be able to get 60 games in. In this case, the playoff teams and seeds will be based on winning percentage. Girardi, as quoted in the above story from the Athletic, seems ok with this.

“If everyone doesn’t play 60 games, I think that’s all right,” manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday on MLB Network Radio. “We want to get to the playoffs. That’s the important thing. If a team plays 57 games, you go by winning percentage to take the playoff teams and you go from there.”

It’s not the best outcome that we’d like to see. In the perfect world, each team would be able to play 60 games, evening the playing field. But as we saw Monday and Tuesday, the real boss of this season that determines how everything will play out is not the major league powers that be.

In the meantime, let’s just cross our fingers that everything will turn out fine for the Phillies. They should be rewarded for how preventative they have been thus far to protect themselves and others in the young season.