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Philadelphia Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins, proper, celebrates his house run with Nick Castellanos (8) all through the first inning in the first three-hitter of a doubleheader towards the Washington Nationals, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
With their own postseason bid coming right down to the ultimate week of the season, the Philadelphia Phillies have formally earned the a lot chagrined superlative of proudly owning the longest active playoff drought throughout Major League Baseball. Ironically, in the midst of a typhoon, we’re talking of droughts.
The Seattle Mariners punched their tickets to the American League Wild Card Series on Friday evening, defeating the Oakland Athletics 2-1. The Mariners’ berth into the MLB playoffs snaps 21-year drought, the longest throughout all primary North American sports activities.
The NBA’s Sacramento Kings now own the longest active drought throughout skilled sports activities, a 16-year drought relationship again to the 2005-06 season in which they misplaced to the San Antonio Spurs.
The Phillies drought
Philadelphia, in the meantime, now owns the ‘honor’ in Major League Baseball. It’s been 11 years since the top days of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Jimmy Rollins, and Chase Utley.
With six video games final in the season and a magic quantity sitting at 5, the Phillies can nonetheless cross the baton right down to the subsequent longest drought this season (Mike Trout’s Los Angeles Angels) however they are going to want some lend a hand to take action as the Milwaukee Brewers are most effective 0.5 video games again in the standings. Additionally, the Washington Nationals aren’t making it simple to get their collection in as Hurricane Ian remnants rain down.
The Mariners weren’t the most effective workforce to protected their playoff berth on Friday evening in addition to the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Houston Astros to assert the ultimate seat in the American League playoffs, getting rid of the Baltimore Orioles.
Ironically, if the Phillies do make their go back to the postseason, they’re going to most probably get started the place they left off in 2011: Busch Stadium. The Phillies should face the St. Louis Cardinals in the best-of-three Wild Card spherical in which the Cardinals would play host to all 3 video games.
With the reminiscence of Ryan Howard’s torn Achilles tendon on the ultimate play of 2011 nonetheless contemporary in the minds of many Philadelphians, most likely the Phillies will in spite of everything have the probability to switch that dreaded reminiscence with one in every of victory.
Photo Credit: AP Photo/Nick Wass