It’s been a struggle in recent years for the Philadelphia Phillies to find their way into the playoffs. 2022 has been no different for them, with an almost assured Wild Card spot looking all but sewn up a few days ago only to see the team teeter on the brink of embarrassment once more. Thursday afternoon’s 2-0 loss to the Cubs in Chicago means they have lost five games in a row at a very crucial time, and it also means that they are just a half-game up on the Milwaukee Brewers, who just so happened to lose on Thursday, for that last NL Wild Card spot.
It’s been 11 years since they got to the postseason, and if it gets away this time, it’s going to be particularly frustrating. Elsewhere, the Seattle Mariners closed in on locking up a spot in the AL Wild Card scene by defeating the Texas Rangers 10-9 in 11 innings on Thursday. Mitch Haniger and Jarred Kelenic had two homers apiece for the hosts in ‘regulation’ before JP Crawford hit the game-winning, walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th. The win means they now have a magic number of just one to clinch a place in the postseason, but it also means they have a chance to be the #2 (of three) WC seeds. The Toronto Blue Jays, meanwhile, did qualify officially for the postseason, sealing a Wild Card berth despite being idle because of Baltimore’s 5-3 loss in Boston to the Red Sox. The Orioles are now five games back of the final WC berth, so it’s only a matter of time before the clock strikes midnight on their magical season.