The Philadelphia Phillies are opening their final series of the season tonight. It is against the NL East champions, the Atlanta Braves. Should the Phillies show that they can beat a first-place team? Or should they be playing for a better draft pick?
The Phillies right now are 21 games out of first place. Winning against the Braves won’t change a thing. What it will show is that they still have fight left in them at the end of the season. It will show Philadelphia fans that they are capable of beating a good team as they just lost a series to the last-place the Miami Marlins. It will be a preview of what’s to come in 2014.
The other side is that if the Phillies do not play well, they can have a decent draft pick. You are not allowed to “throw” games, but manager Ryne Sandberg can rest his primary players. He can put in rookies and see what he has to work with during spring training and next season. If they happen to lose, it isn’t that big of a deal because let’s face it — everyone’s used to it.
The Phillies have a record of 72-86. It doesn’t surprise anyone when they continue to lose, although it is frustrating. Having a decent draft pick can help with the future as their veteran players will not be able to play forever. The Phillies need to focus on the future.
Some may want to see the Phillies end the season with wins in their last games. Others have moved on. Whatever happens, happens. The Phillies should just go out and enjoy these last four games and focus on coming back strong in 2014.