The Phillies are in the top spot, they’ve won eight straight games, and you’re probably wondering if it’s safe to hope. You’re a Philadelphia sports fan, so it’s only natural to feel a little skeptical. But this time, we feel safe to enjoy the ride. Bryce Harper plays like an MVP, Zack Wheeler throws like a Cy Young winner and the Phillies have one of baseball’s most favorable schedules the rest of the way. It’s the best team they’ve had in 10 years, and that might finally be enough to come back in October.
The Phils are the hottest team in baseball after the weekend Mets sweep. If you’re feeling skeptical, imagine how Mets fans are feeling.
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Zack Wheeler delivered a start Roy Halladay would have loved and further observations from Scott Lauber of the Phillies’ 3-0 shutout against the Mets.
The Phillies have retired Roy Halladay n ° 34 in a ceremony attended by longtime receiver Carlos Ruiz.
Manny Trillo and Larry Bowa reflected on the legacy of 1980 and a missed opportunity.
Today: The Phillies are gone.
Tomorrow: Aaron Nola takes on Max Scherzer in series opener against Dodgers, 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday: Kyle Gibson debuts against David Price, 7:05 p.m.
Thusday: Phils and Dodgers play the series finale. 1:05 p.m.
Friday: Reds come to South Philly for a three-game set, 7:05 p.m.
Zack Wheeler struck out 22 straight batters on Sunday en route to a Mets shutout on Roy Halladay’s number retirement day. The last Phillies pitcher to retire 22 straight batters? Halladay in his perfect match in 2010. And Sunday was Wheeler’s 34th start with the Phillies, which seemed fitting after the Phillies pulled Halladay’s No. 34 out.
Wheeler joined Halladay (perfect game, 5/29/2010 in Florida), Cole Hamels (no hitter, 7/25/15 in Chicago) and Kevin Millwood (no hitter, 4/27/2003 against San Francisco) as the only Phillies since 2000 to throw a shutout in nine innings with 11 or more strikeouts and two or fewer hits.
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Question: Now that Halladay’s number is retired, when will the Phillies retire? [Chase] Utley, [Jimmy] Rollins, and [Ryan] Howard? – Bobby B. by e-mail
Reply: Thanks Bobby. I’m not sure those three numbers will be retired, but they certainly stand a chance even if the players aren’t elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Managing partner John Middleton said last year that the Phillies no longer consider it a “rule” for players to be Hall of Fame members before they can retire their numbers, which is how they got it. retired Dick Allen’s # 15 last summer.
Rollins and Howard will be on the Hall of Fame ballot later this year, and Utley is two years away. The Phillies will likely let this process play out before pulling numbers out, but it will be interesting to see how it is handled. Here’s an article from last summer on Middleton’s take on the process.