The Phillies were officially eliminated from October playoff baseball last night, as they arrived to their tragic number of 0. Here's how the rest of the season will pan out:
Phillies at Marlins
- Saturday, September 29: Roy Halladay (10-8, 4.40 ERA) vs. Ricky Nolasco (12-12, 4.35 ERA)
- Sunday, September 30: Cole Hamels (16-6, 3.11 ERA) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (3-6, 4.42 ERA)
Phillies at Nationals
- Monday, October 1: Kyle Kendrick (10-12, 4.08 ERA) vs. TBA
- Tuesday, October 2: Tyler Cloyd (2-2, 4.91 ERA) vs. TBA
- Wednesday, October 3: Cliff Lee (6-8, 3.12 ERA) vs. TBA
What to Watch For:
- Darin Ruf: How well can he really fit into the role of outfielder? With more interleague games next season, could he potentially be the DH?
- Juan Pierre: The Phillies have already expressed interest in signing the speedy outfielder, but will Juan want to return to Philadelphia in a platoon role once again?
- Michael Martinez: Despite having some sort of role the past couple of seasons, his spot is not solidified just yet for 2013.
- Domonic Brown: Fans and the front-office alike got a good glimpse of Domonic Brown in 2012 once Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence were sent their separate ways. If there's ever going to be a time for Brown to play a role as a Phillie, it will have to be next season in 2013.
- Roy Halladay: He makes his final start on Saturday, coming off of an injury. An injury-plagued Doc next season will be extremely detrimental to the ball club.
- Cliff Lee & Cole Hamels: Finish strong. Yes, Cliff had a disappointing overall season, but the past couple of months we got a glimpse of what he was in 2009 for the team in the World Series. As far as Cole Hamels, what can you say? He set a career-high in wins his last outing, 16, and will have a chance to raise that to 17 on Sunday.
- Chase Utley & Ryan Howard: Chase will not be moving to third base after-all in 2013. Like Halladay, Utley and Howard must stay healthy for the Phillies to be in contention next season.
- Charlie Manuel and his coaching staff: Manuel's job is secure, without a doubt, but are Rich Dubee and Greg Gross on the chopping block? Finish the year strong.
- The bullpen: Every pitch counts in the final 45 innings of 2012. Spots are being filled in the back of Manuel's mind for next year, even though he denies it.