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Rise and Phight: 8/24/2021

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A big one tonight in Philadelphia

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at San Diego Padres Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Folks, it’s not hyperbole to say that today starts the most important stretch of the season for the Phillies. They have the Rays the next two games, followed by a four game series against the Diamondbacks, then a three game series against the Nationals. These are games that they must win, starting with at least a split against the Rays. It’ll be difficult as Tampa Bay is one of the best teams in baseball, but their ability to bring in relievers at will might be thwarted a bit since the pitcher will eventually have to hit. We could see enough double switches from them that Joe Girardi would practically glow with jealousy.

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