By Sam Bush
The Phillies are back at the Bank tonight for a four-game series against the Atlanta Braves, who are only a game behind them in NL East.
“We’re in striking distance,” said Bryce Harper, who receive postgame X-rays after fouling a ball off his foot last night. “We’re in a spot where we’re really going to realize where we are in the next 10 days, right? … But also with that, you never want to just say, ‘Hey, where are we? Could we have won a couple games here if we wouldn’t have waited?'”
The Phillies fell 6-5 in 10 innings against the Yankees but still sit just three-and-a-half games behind the Mets.
Even with a number of key injuries, the Phillies are in position to reach the postseason for the first time since 2011.
“The next person just has to step up,” manager Joe Girardi said. “That’s part of it. There’s a lot of teams that are going through this now. So the next person just has to step up. Take it one game at a time, and you figure out how to win that game.”
The Phillies will hand the ball to Matt Moore, who has an 0-1 record with a 5.25 earned run average. Moore is 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA in four career appearances – two starts — against the Braves.
A strong performance by Moore would be crucial in opening this four-game series.
“We want to put that pressure on (the front office) to hopefully go out there and get the guys that we need to get, if that’s bullpen, if that’s positions,” Harper said. “As a team, I think we know where we can be.”