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Rise and Phight: 8/30/2021

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Which are we rooting for here?

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Philadelphia Phillies Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

Which would you rather do: chase down the Braves and win the division, or take the second wild card and face the Dodgers? Atlanta just keeps chugging along, winning games two of three against the Giants, but now they get another test against the Dodgers. Chances are that one won’t go as well. The Reds are at the top of the second wild card chase and might be more feasible for the Phillies, but there are two other teams between them in the Padres and Cardinals.

Either way, getting to the playoffs would be a wondrous thing for the Phillies this season. It would be much more preferable to win the division, of course, since they would be guaranteed three playoff games, but if we’re being honest, it wouldn’t be the worst thing to get the second wild card game. You’d have to assume that Zack Wheeler would get the ball in that situation and even if he did have to face the Dodgers’ lineup, fans would have to feel pretty good that he could at least keep them in the game, maybe even sneaking out of Los Angeles since it is a winner take all game. After that, who knows!

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