Phillies Need to Improve Against RHP to be a Playoff Team

By Luke Stansfield, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

There are just 23 games remaining in the Phillies' shortened season. They find themselves two games back of the NL East behind the Braves, while holding on to the second wild card spot by a game over the Cardinals. The Phils final six opponents are the Boston Red Sox, Miami, New York Mets, Toronto, Washington, and Tampa Bay. There is one thing in common with all of these teams: their starting pitching is predominately right handed. 

The Phillies' bats have woken up and have proven to have one of the most dangerous top to bottom lineups in the MLB. However, when diving deeper into analytics, their hitting prowess is much more evident when facing LHP rather than RHP.

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This week's Powder Blue Podcast we break down:

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Take a listen to our new podcast with Frank Klose, Geoff Mosher and Hunter Brody.  Among items discussed this week: