By Chris Larson
The 2018 season has treated the Philadelphia Phillies quite well and, some would say in a sense, the year has been a nice surprise for a team that, was expected to finish in the 3 or 4 spot in the NL East, rather than be in the heart of a postseason race at the end of August. After all, this is a team that finished last season with a 66-96 record and in last place. Quite the difference and the turn around thanks to a new manager, the emergence of a true 1-2 punch in Jake Arrieta and Aaron Nola, and a renewed sense of energy and focus in the clubhouse.
By Eric Jacinto
The Phillies entered tonight's game versus the Miami Marlins a half-game ahead of the Atlanta Braves for first place. This was the first home game for the Phillies since the trade deadline as the they made three trades within a span of five days. The first trade, they made was last Friday for second baseman, Asdrubal Cabrera from the New York Mets. Then on Tuesday, during the non-waiver trade deadline day, they made two more trades as they traded for two-time All-Star, Wilson Ramos from the Tampa Bay Rays and left-handed relief pitcher, Aaron Loup.