SERANTHONY HOLDS THE CLOSER KEY TO DEEP PHILS PLAYOFF RUN

By Sally Fahey

Jim Bowden of The Athletic has targeted Seranthony Dominguez as being key to the Phillies playoff hopes:

The Phillies are relieved to have their top reliever back from the IL because they blew five saves and the bullpen struggled in his absence.

They shut down Domínguez (right triceps tendinitis) after an Aug. 17 outing but activated him Sunday and he has made two scoreless appearances since.

From June 17 to Aug. 17, Domínguez was dominant: 18 of his 21 relief appearances were scoreless and he converted nine of nine save opportunities.

On the season, Domínguez has logged a 1.57 ERA and 0.87 WHIP.

To keep their wild-card spot and end their postseason drought, the Phillies need Domínguez to perform at his best in the late innings.

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