Phyllis is trying to hold out, ending the long drought after a season

Nothing has come easy this year for the Philadelphia Phillies, who are trying to reach the post-season for the first time in more than a decade.

They started poorly, going 22-29 before manager Joe Girardi was sent off. New captain Rob Thompson won the first eight matches, but shortly thereafter, Bryce Harper fell with a broken thumb. While out, Velez played well enough that they were second in the National League when he came back late last month, but now they’ve lost six of seven.

Philadelphia has not participated in the playoffs since 2011, the second longest drought in the major tournaments. The Phillies have been somewhat overshadowed by Seattle and are in good shape to make the post-season for the first time since 2001, but a playoff appearance would also be a major move for Philadelphia, now in their fourth season since signing with Harper.

After losing 5-3 to San Francisco on Sunday to Homer in the ninth inning by Wilmer Flores, the Phillies are two and a half games ahead of Milwaukee for the last wild card in the Premier League. They were overrun three in a row by the Giants after dropping two of three in Arizona.

The schedule is very friendly now. Philadelphia plays its next nine games against Miami and Washington teams that are under 0.500. It’s a chance for Velez to determine how exhausting the final days of the season are.

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