PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 26: The Philadelphia Phillies pose for a team photo after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates to clinch an NL Wild Card berth at Citizens Bank Park on September 26, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Red October is back! After a long, often stressful season, the Phillies are back in the postseason. Last night they beat the Pirates 3-2, to clinch not just a spot in the playoffs, but the fourth overall seed. Ensuring they will have Home Field Advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Citizens Bank Park will once again be rocking with the sound of nearly 43,000 rabid Phillies fans, for what will hopefully be another extended playoff room. Just ideally with a better ending this time.

The Phillies never made it easy on us, even in that final game. Like last season, they started off a bit of a mess. Trea Turner was having the worst season of his career. Bryce Harper was struggling to hit for power coming off Tommy John Surgery. Kyle Schwarber was hitting below the Mendoza Line. They were once again heading into June out of the playoff race.

But just like last year, things started to turn around. They went from a mediocre team in the first two months, to one of the best teams in baseball over the last 4. Eventually, Bryce Haper found his power and still finished with over 20. Trea Turner’s season turned around after a Standing Ovation and he was better than almost any hitter in baseball over the last two months. Kyle Schwarber is still under the Mendoza Line but has 45 HRs, 100 RBIs, 100 Runs, and 120 Walks. And even Aaron Nola is finishing the season on a bit of a roll.

It feels like they have that magic again. And unlike last season, they are not backing in. They took care of their business and clinched the 4 seeded with 5 more games to go. And they will get to start the playoffs at home, rather than in St.Louis.

Here is who will be on the Phillies 26-Man Roster for the Playoffs:

  • C- JT Realmuto

    ATLANTA, GEORGIA - SEPTEMBER 18: J.T. Realmuto #10 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts as he rounds second base after hitting a solo homer in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on September 18, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia.

    (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    .252/.310/.452/.762

    20 HRs, 63 RBIs, 70 Runs, 16 SBs

    There has been a lot of heat on JT Realmuto for underperforming this season. But then you look at his actual year-end number, the only big difference is a slightly lower average. He still got to 20 homers, still stole bases, and still was among the best at preventing stolen bases. The big problem has been his absurd home-road splits. JT has struggled badly at home for most of the season. But he has done better in this homestand, and hopefully, that is a sign of what is to come in the playoffs.

  • 1B- Bryce Harper

    ATLANTA, GEORGIA - SEPTEMBER 19: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts as he rounds second base after hitting a three-run homer in the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on September 19, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia.

    (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    .293/.401/.499/.900

    21 HRs, 72 RBIs, 84 Rs, 11 SBs

    As mentioned, Harper started off the year on the IL while recovering from Tommy John surgery. And even after coming back, it took him a few months to find his power. But it is back. And he will be looking to create some magical moments like he did last post-season.

  • 2B- Bryson Stott

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 11: Second baseman Bryson Stott #5 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws out Nicky Lopez #15 of the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning of game two of a double header at Citizens Bank Park on September 11, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Braves 7-5

    (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

    .280/.329/..419/.747

    15 HRs, 62 RBIs, 78 Rs, 31 SBs

    Stott stole the hearts of fans this year. The guy seems to always have a good at-bat, even when it is an out. Stott leads the MLB with 2 strike hits (81). People like to say he will win a batting title someday, and for good reason. There is a decent chance he wins the Gold Glove at Second Base in the NL this season too.

  • SS- Trea Turner

    MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 03: Trea Turner #7 of the Philadelphia Phillies at bat during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field on September 03, 2023 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

    .266/.320/.459/.778

    26 HRs, 76 RBIs, 102 Rs, 30 SBs

    Trea Turner’s start to the season could not have gone worse. But then the Phillies fans did something strange. Gave a standing ovation to a guy playing terrible baseball. And somehow, it worked. Trea went from one of the worst hitters to one of the best. There was a point from late August into September where he hit 11 HRs in 13 days.

  • 3B- Alec Bohm

    MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 02: Alec Bohm #28 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a double against the Milwaukee Brewers during the seventh inning at American Family Field on September 02, 2023 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

    .274/.327/.437/.765

    20 HRs, 97 RBIs, 74 Rs, 4 SBs

    Bohm finally had the complete season many thought he was capable of. He is even knocking on the door of 20 homers. His lack of power numbers has been the biggest knock on him, besides defense, to this point. But if he is a guy who hits 20 HRs a season, that is more than enough to go along with his natural hitting talent. Plus he has overall been good enough with the glove to stick long-term at 3rd Base.

  • LF- Brandon Marsh

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Brandon Marsh #16 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts while rounding bases after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park on September 26, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

    .277/.372/.458/.829

    12 HRs, 60 RBIs, 58 Runs, 10 SBs

    Marsh seems far more comfortable in Left than he ever was in Center. He was playing Left field for the Angels when the Phillies acquired him. Until Johan Rojas showed up, he only ever played Center here, because they had no other options. And it was sometimes an adventure. But with Rojas in Center, Marsh moved to Left and has played great there. And he has mostly been a revelation at the plate. Bryce Harper is the only Phillies hitter with a better OPS than Marsh.

  • CF- Johan Rojas

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Johan Rojas #18 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after hitting a walk-off single during the tenth inning to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park on September 26, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

    .302/.342/.430/.772

    2 HRs, 23 RBIs, 24 Rs, 14 SBs

    Rojas could be giving you nothing at the plate, and he would still be worth playing just because of how great he is in Centerfield. Nothing lands with him out there. He makes difficult plays look like routine catches. He has been so good that he is 5th in Defensive Runs Saved (14), despite not playing most of the season. Thankfully he has also been great at the plate. 56 games in, he is still hitting over .300. And while the power is not there, yet, he is a terror on the base paths with 14 steals, and getting caught just once.

  • RF- Nick Castellanos

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Nick Castellanos #8 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on September 21, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

    .272/.311/.476/.788

    29 HRs, 106 RBIs, 79 Rs, 11 SBs

    Nick’s first year in Philly was a struggle. The second year has been a complete turnaround though. He is knocking on the door of a 30 HR season, has over 100 RBIs, and has even been better in the field. He still swings at everything, and still never walks. But after hitting just 13 HRs all of last season, he has more than just since August.

  • DH- Kyle Schwarber

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 10: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a home run against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citizens Bank Park on September 10, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

    .196/.343/.473/.817

    47 HRs, 104 RBIs, 108 Rs, 126 BBs

    Now that he is mostly out of the field, Schwarber can just do what he does best, mash the ball. There has been a lot of talk about Schwarber this season. he has been under the Mendoza Line and was the worst fielder in baseball. But he also is one of the few players in MLB history to have 45 Hrs, 100 RBIs, 100 Runs, and 100 Walks. As long as he is DH, and not in Left, I see no one reason to complain about his production.

  • SP- Zack Wheeler

    ATLANTA, GEORGIA - SEPTEMBER 18: Zack Wheeler #45 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on September 18, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia.

    (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    3.61 ERA, 1.078 WHIP, 212 Ks, 13 Wins

    Wheeler had a bumpy start to his season but has mostly settled in, and is the one sure thing the Phillies have going in their rotation. His WHIP in the 2nd half is under 1.000, and his ERA is 3.12 in that same time, after being 4.05 in the first half. Give me Wheller vs. almost any other team’s number 1 guy, and I feel good about the Phillies’ chances.

  • SP- Aaron Nola

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 09: Aaron Nola #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches during the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on September 09, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

    4.46 ERA, 1.151 WHIP, 12 Wins, 202 Ks

    It has been a struggle for Nola this year. His ERA is over a full run higher than it was last season. He has given up more home runs than anyone. And he has walked more people than he has since 2019. But the last two starts went well, including an impressive game vs. the Braves. So hopefully that is a sign things are turning around. He was great last year in the Wild Card Round and NLDS, but bad in the NLCS and World Series. The Phillies need him at his best.

  • SP- Ranger Suarez

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Ranger Suarez #55 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches during the fourth inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on September 21, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

    4.18 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 119 Ks, 4 Wins

    It has been an up-and-down season for Ranger. But the one thing we know about him is that he is not afraid of the moment. He gave the Phillies the best start they got in the World Series against the Astros. He has been there and done that. I would feel 100% comfortable with him on the mound in the playoffs.

  • SP- Taijuan Walker

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - AUGUST 28: Taijuan Walker #99 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch in the top of the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Citizens Bank Park on August 28, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

    4.38 ERA, 1.309 WHP, 15 Wins, 138 Ks

    Walker had one amazing Month this season, and then a bunch of mediocre ones. he has been hard to really figure out this season. And it makes it hard to decide a role for him. Both Suarez and Sanchez have performed better as a starter than Walker. But can you trust Walker in a bullpen role either? The first inning is usually when he struggles the most. They may have him start the 4th game of a series, with a very short leash, and piggyback him with Christopher Sanchez or Michael Lorenzen

  • SP/RP- Christopher Sanchez

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JUNE 05: Cristopher Sanchez #61 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Citizens Bank Park on June 05, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

    3.44 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 3 Wins, 96 Ks

    When they first called up Sanchez to fill in at that 5th spot in the rotation, most assumed it would be a band-aid. But then he pitched well. And he has continued to pitch well. In fact, he has been their 2nd most consistent starter outside of Wheeler. He has a strong case to be the 4th starter in the playoffs. But unlike Walker, you also know he can be trusted in a bullpen role. It could end up being a hybrid role like Suarez had last season. Either way, he should get a decent role for the playoffs.

  • RP- Jose Alvarado

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Jose Alvarado #46 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches during the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park on September 26, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

    1.74 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 64 Ks, 10 Saves

    Alvarado’s season has been plagued by two IL Stints. And there was a short period after the 2nd one where things got a bit shaky with him. But he has figured it out again and has given up just 1 hit in his last 4 appearances, with 7 Ks. Alvarado is back, and there is no one in the bullpen I want up more in an important inning than him.

  • RP- Craig Kimbrel

    ST PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 4: Craig Kimbrel #31 of the Philadelphia Phillies stands on the mound during the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on July 4, 2023 in St Petersburg, Florida.

    (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)

    3.26 ERA, 1.04, 94 Ks, 23 Saves

    For most of the season, Kimbrel was an elite closer. The last two months have been sketchy though. Part of that is because they have used him in more non-save situations, which he is famously bad at. But he has also blown some saves. But despite the recent struggles, he is still probably their best 9th inning option, while using Alvarado in whatever late inning the other team has their best hitters up.

  • RP- Gregory Soto

    MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - SEPTEMBER 01: Gregory Soto #30 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch in the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field on September 01, 2023 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)

    4.62 ERA, 1.114 WHIP, 65 Ks, 3 Saves

    Soto has been even more all over the place than Kimbrel. There are two months, April and June, where Soto gave up just 1 earned run the entire month. But he also has 2 months, May and August, with an ERA over 7. The Phillies just have to hope October is one of those elite months. He was a bit better in September, so hopefully that continues.

  • RP- Jeff Hoffman

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Jeff Hoffman #68 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts during the tenth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park on September 26, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

    2.41 ERA, 0.922 WHIP, 69 Ks, 1 Save

    Jeff Hoffman has been one of the surprises of the year for the Phillies. He came a bit out of nowhere and has been one of their best bullpen arms since. It’s rare he comes in and does not get the job done. And he may be their best option to come in out of the bullpen with runners on base if a starter gets into trouble.

  • RP- Matt Strahm

    ATLANTA, GEORGIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Matt Strahm #25 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches during the tenth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on September 20, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia.

    (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

    3.29 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 108 Ks, 2 Saves

    Stram has actually been decent for the Phillies. I would not trust him in a really high-leverage situation. But as far as middle-inning guys go, he is solid. It feels like when he goes in with runners on base he always gives up the runs. But if he gets to start a clean inning, I feel mostly comfortable that he will get through it without too much fuss.

  • RP- Seranthony Dominguez

    ATLANTA, GEORGIA - MAY 25: Seranthony Dominguez #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on May 25, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia.

    (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    3.78 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 48 Ks, 2 Saves

    Last year, Seranthony was one of their best bullpen arms. He and Alvarado made for a killer duo out of the pen. While Alvarado has continued that into this year, Dominguez has not. Something has been off with him. His Era is still okay, but the WHIP has exploded. He rarely ever has clean innings. Hopefully, he figures something out. But right now it is hard to trust him when on the mound.

  • RP- Orion Kerkering

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 24: Orion Kerkering #50 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches enroute to a scoreless eighth inning of his major league debut against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on September 24, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 5-2.

    (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

    0.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 6 ks

    Kerkering has only pitched 1 inning in the Major Leagues. But he looked very good in that one inning. His stuff will play at this level. His fastball hits 100, and his slider is nasty. The Paul Owens award inning may go from starting the season in Low A to pitching in the playoffs for the Major League team.

  • C- Garrett Stubbs

    MIAMI, FLORIDA - AUGUST 01: Garrett Stubbs #21 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after hitting a double against the Miami Marlins during the fifth inning at loanDepot park on August 01, 2023 in Miami, Florida.

    (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

    .204/.268/.283/.557

    1 HRs, 12 RBIS, 12 Rs, 2 SB

    Last year in the playoffs, Stubbs never saw the field. That will likely be the same case in the playoffs this year. Barring injury JT will play every game, and Stubbs is the last guy they would go to as a pinch hitter, unless all they need is for someone to drop a bunt.

  • UTIL- Edmundo Sosa

    ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - SEPTEMBER 15: Edmundo Sosa #33 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws to first base against the against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fifth inning  at Busch Stadium on September 15, 2023 in St Louis, Missouri.

    (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

    .251/.293/.425/.718

    9 HRs, 28 RBIs, 33 Runs, 4 SBs

    Sosa may not see as much time in the playoffs as he did last year. he was in a Right/Left platoon with Bryson Stott then. This year, they better not sit Stott vs. any lefties. Sosa can be the Super Utillity guy off the bench. But apart from being a defensive replacement for Bohm late, there is no reason to see too much of him.

  • 1B/OF- Jake Cave

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PENNSYLVANIA - AUGUST 20: Jake Cave #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates after hitting a two RBI home run in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals during the 2023 Little League Classic at Bowman Field on August 20, 2023 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania

    (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

    .225/.281/.373/.654

    5 HRs, 21 RBIs, 16 Runs, 3 SBs

    I would hope we don’t see much of Cave in the playoffs. There was a period of time when Thomson way overused him. But Harper should play first base every day in the playoffs. And it should be Marsh in Left, Rojas in Center every game. Maybe let Pache play vs. Lefties if you want. But there is no reason to ever play Cave over Rojas.

  • OF- Christian Pache

    OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 16: Cristian Pache #19 of he Philadelphia Phillies catches a fly ball hit by Shea Langeliers #23 of the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the seventh inning at RingCentral Coliseum on June 16, 2023 in Oakland, California.

    (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

    .252/.333/.478/.811

    2HRs, 9 RBIs, 10 Runs, 2 SBs

    If Pache never got hurt, it would likely be him in Centerfield. But his second IL Stint opened the door for Johan Rojas, who took the job and ran with it. Now the only way Pache should be in is if they want to sit Marsh vs. a tough lefty. I don’t think I would do that either, but it is probably what Thomson will do.

     

  • OF- Weston Wilson

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - AUGUST 9: Weston Wilson #37 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after hitting a solo home run in his first major league at-bat in the bottom of the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park on August 9, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

    .313/.500/.500/1.000

    1 HR, 5 Runs, 2 RBIs, 6 Walks, 3 SBs

    Wilson has not spent much time with the Phillies. And if they were not playing the Marlins, he may not be on the roster. But the Marlins have a ton of tough lefty pitchers, in both the bullpen and the rotation. So as a right-handed bat with some pop, he makes the roster. Wilson is capable of playing multiple positions, but it is hard to see him getting in anywhere but LF, in place of Brandon Marsh.

     

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