Winning on the road isn’t easy, but it has been done before. Last night, the Phillies suddenly remembered how to do that by taking down the Nationals, 6-2. The game almost wasn’t that way when Joe Girardi made a managerial blunder that almost cost the team but ended up not. In the sixth inning, Girardi decided to not pull Chase Anderson for a pinch hitter with the bases loaded and nobody out. The Phillies wouldn’t score that inning and Anderson immediately gave up two runs to open the sixth for the Nationals, but Sam Coonrod was able to shut it down. It was a decision by Girardi that caused some raised eyebrows, another in a seemingly endless series of decisions by Girardi that are questionable. Luckily, in the end, it didn’t affect the game.
On to the links.
- After the win, all eyes were on J.T. Realmuto and his knee, but it looks like he avoided a more serious injury.
- The team still has its issues, but there are reasons to be encouraged by this team.
- Looks like the capacity restrictions on games are going to be lifted soon. As someone who has gone to a game this year, can’t say I’m happy about that.
- The A’s haven’t gotten their new stadium and now, MLB has told them to start looking around for a city that will give them one.
- There’s a new team atop the MLB power rankings.
- Fernando Tatis, Jr. tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, so he’ll head to the IL.
- Top draft prospect Gunnar Hoglund will have to undergo Tommy John surgery, meaning he’s going to fall in the draft - attn: @Phillies.
- Jordan Zimmermann has retired after 15 years in the majors. Zimmermann always seemed like a quality arm, so good for him.