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When is the MLB trade deadline?

The 2021 Major League Baseball trade deadline is set for Friday, July 30 at 4 p.m. ET. MLB moved up the deadline by one day this season to avoid having it on a weekend day with afternoon games. Plenty of big names could be moved in the coming days as contenders try to beef up their rosters for the stretch run. CBS sports.comMLB trade deadline tracker: Every deal ahead of July 30, including Joc Pederson to the Braves

POSTGAME REACTION: Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies 7/16/21

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Division race heats up as Phils keep winning

MLB.com 19 July, 2021 - 04:00pm

Phillies fans at Citizens Bank Park cheered when the Mets made a ghastly play to give Pittsburgh a six-run, first-inning lead. It felt a little -- just a little -- like the final game of 2007, when Phillies fans stood and roared 20 minutes before first pitch as the out-of-town scoreboard in right field showed Miami taking a commanding first-inning lead over the Mets at Shea Stadium. The Phillies later beat the Nationals to clinch their first division title since 1993.

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The Phillies’ 7-4 victory over the Marlins in Sunday’s series finale kept them two games behind the Mets in the National League East.

“This is kind of what we envisioned for our team, so it’s kind of been a lot of fun to get together and get into a groove,” Realmuto said. “Winning all these series in a row, that’s how you get to the postseason, so we just have to keep it up.”

The Phillies are making things interesting as the July 30 Trade Deadline approaches. They are 10-4 (.714) this month, which is tied with the Dodgers for the best record in baseball. They have won four consecutive series for the first time since 2018. Meanwhile, the Mets look vulnerable. They placed ace Jacob deGrom on the 10-day injured list on Sunday because of tightness in his right forearm. They placed shortstop Francisco Lindor on the IL on Saturday because of a strained oblique. There are no timetables for either player’s return.

The Phillies are mostly healthy and have a very favorable schedule the rest of the way. Entering Sunday, according to FanGraphs, their remaining opponents had a combined .487 winning percentage, which gives them the easiest remaining schedule in the division and the third-easiest remaining schedule in the NL. Mets opponents have a .507 winning percentage, which gives them the fourth-most difficult schedule in the league.

“We’ve got to prove that we can win,” Phillies ace Zack Wheeler said. “It’s as simple as that. They’re not going to buy if we’re not consistent. To be able to go out there and win some games and show that we’re serious and show the front office that we’re serious, that definitely helps.”

The Phillies took a 2-0 lead in the second inning in the series finale, but Wheeler allowed four runs in the third when Marlins pitcher Braxton Garrett keyed a rally with a one-out single to right and Adam Duvall hit a two-out, two-run homer to hand Miami a 4-2 lead.

The Phillies battled back. Andrew McCutchen and Didi Gregorius each hit solo homers in the fifth to tie the game at 4. Pinch-hitters Travis Jankowski and Brad Miller hit back-to-back singles to start the sixth. Jean Segura’s sacrifice fly and McCutchen’s fielder’s choice scored both runners to give the Phillies the lead.

Héctor Neris, who pitched two scoreless innings in Saturday’s suspended game, pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save.

“We have a team that can get on these streaks of playing good, consistent baseball,” McCutchen said. “Staying in the game no matter what the score is. Just keeping it close. We have the team that regardless if we're down, we have a team that can score runs. We showed that today. We felt like we're in that game the entire time even when we were down by a couple of runs.”

The Mets came back to beat the Pirates at PNC Park, 7-6. It gave them a little breathing room entering the week.

But the Phillies can keep the heat on New York. And the better they play, the Phillies' front office might be more willing to pull the trigger on a trade or two to help them before the Trade Deadline.

“Hopefully we’re making the right case,” Realmuto said. “We’d like to not have made the case this late. We’d like to have played a little better earlier in the season, but now that we’ve got everybody back on the field and playing well, we’re doing all we can to convince them to go out and get what we need, and [that] we’re here to compete and get to the postseason. So we just have to keep playing well and keep winning series and put the pressure on them to get us some help.”

Suspended victories are their speciality: Phillies 4, Marlins 2

The Good Phight 19 July, 2021 - 04:00pm

The first inning started out well. Jean Segura walked, then hustled his way to third when Bryce Harper grounded a ball to Miguel Rojas that he misplayed, leaving third base uncovered thanks to the shift. Segura outraced Jazz Chisholm, Jr. to the base and the team had runners on the corners. Andrew McCutchen would loft a flyball to the outfield and score Segura, giving the Phillies the early lead. Rhys Hoskins would follow with a ringing double to right center, scoring Harper from first and building the lead to 2-0.

Rhys Hoskins with an RBI double. Bryce Harper scores from first. #RingTheBell pic.twitter.com/t1uiT4zKIM

From there, starter Vince Velasquez went onto cruise control. He has been very good lately against the Marlins and after some first inning hiccups, he settled in nicely. The only trouble he would run into was in the fifth when, in a steady rain, he lost some control with two outs and allowed two baserunners to threaten the lead. The Marlins smelled blood and sent Garrett Cooper up to pinch hit. Velasquez steadied the ship and induced a groundball that would end the threat before a delay was called in the bottom of the inning.

The issue for the Phillies all night would be a situation like what happened before the delay. Travis Jankowski led off with a single, then got to second on a sacrifice bunt by Velasquez. After the rain delay, John Curtiss, now pitching for the Marlins, threw a pickoff attempt into centerfield, allowing Jankowski to scamper to third. The issue was the Phillies couldn’t bring him in. It’s something they have struggled with all year, building on a lead they already have. It would come back to bite them.

Hector Neris and Archie Bradley would give the team three solid innings of relief, turning it over to Ranger Suarez in the ninth. Suarez has been so, so good this year. Tonight, he was not. He gave up an opposite field single to Marte, then faced Jesus Aguilar.

JESUS AGUILAR TWO RUN GAME TYING BOMB IN THE NINTH WE BELIEVE pic.twitter.com/pnquzvHwSs

Suarez would wiggle out of the remainder of the ninth and the Phillies would meekly go down in their half, meaning the game would go to extra innings.

The game would get suspended and not be completely until Sunday with the ghost runner on second and Jose Alvarado on the mound. Alvarado got out of his inning with ease, setting the Phillies up with Jankowski on second.

Segura bunted him to second and J.T. proved why he’s the best catcher in baseball.

Not even a doubt pic.twitter.com/CsV2FeEIt8

A big win for the Phillies, who’ll start their next game probably by the time you read this.

Phillies want to ‘put pressure’ on front office into making trades

New York Post 19 July, 2021 - 01:10pm

By Jared Greenspan

July 19, 2021 | 2:10pm | Updated July 19, 2021 | 2:27pm

The red-hot Phillies are just two games behind the first-place Mets in the NL East, and Phillies players are suddenly imploring their front office to act as buyers come the July 30 trade deadline.

“Hopefully, we’re making the right case,” All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto said on Sunday after the Phillies tallied a pair of victories over the Marlins. “We would have liked to not have to make the case this late. We would have liked to have played better earlier in the season. But now that we’ve got everyone back on the field and playing well, we’re doing all we can to try to convince them to go out and get what we need.

“We’re here to compete and we want to get to the postseason. We have to keep playing well and keep winning series to put pressure on them to get us some help.”

Just three weeks ago, the Phillies saw their playoff odds reach a nadir, falling to a season-low 6.7% on June 30, per Fangraphs. Since, Philadelphia has gone 10-4 in July, tied with the Dodgers for the best mark in the majors over that span. Their playoff odds have climbed to 27.8%.

Meanwhile, the Mets have stumbled out of the All-Star Break, dropping two of three to the last-place Pirates, including a nightmarish loss on Saturday in which they blew a 6-0 eighth-inning lead. To make matters worse, New York lost both Francisco Lindor and Jacob deGrom to injury.

With the Mets seemingly vulnerable, the race for the division crown appears wide-open.

“We’ve got to prove that we can win,” Phillies ace and former Met Zack Wheeler said. “It’s as simple as that. They’re not going to buy if we’re not consistent. To be able to go out there and win some games and show that we’re serious and show the front office that we’re serious, that definitely helps.”

Should the Phillies seek to acquire talent at the deadline, they would almost certainly look to bolster their bullpen, which has blown a league-leading 23 saves. They could also seek a starter to replace Matt Moore and his 5.25 ERA at the back end of the rotation.

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