By Sam Bush
The Phils were idle last night and the Giants lost to the Rockies, so……
The Phillies are 28-29 with three games remaining. They are a half-game behind the Marlins in the National League East and a game behind the Reds and half-game behind the Giants for the two NL Wild Cards. The Phillies need to win at least two games against the Rays, who have the best record in the American League.
If the Phillies win twice, they finish 30-30, which still might not be good enough.
A sweep makes them 31-29.
The Rays clinched the AL East on Wednesday, so it is unclear how motivated they will be this weekend, although they are playing for the highest seeding.
The Phillies are pitching Vince Velasquez on Friday, Zack Wheeler on Saturday and Aaron Nola on Sunday. Charlie Morton pitches Friday for the Rays.