By Art Beitchman
The Phillies made quite a splash with trade deadline acquisitions that could tilt the scales in winning their first playoff spot in 10 years.
The biggest splash was starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard, who won his first game as a Phillie last night in a rain shortened game 5-4.
Also trading for CF Brandon Marsh, a fast defensive wiz, for Mickey Moniak, who failed to prove he could hit the curve ball in his short stint as a major league player.
Also trading for closer David Robertson, from the Cubs who has 15 saves this year, getting his first as a Phillie in his debut with his new club versus the Braves a few days ago.
With the victory last nigh, the Phils have climbed to 9 games over .500, still holding on to a wild card spot over the Cardinals with just under two months to go in the regular season,
And they have NL MVP Bryce Harper starting to throw and swing the bat awaiting his return later this month, after breaking his thumb,
The Phillies are looking good going into the stretch run.