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MLB Wild Card: J.T. Realmuto, Kyle Gibson lead Phillies to sixth straight win

Phillies pounce on Pirates just as before, have won 18 of last 20 vs. losing teams originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Phillies continue steadily to pounce on cellar dwellers and suffocate them early, leaving the weakest teams in the National League with little potential for returning.

It bodes well with another 13 games in a row against sub-.500 clubs.

In the same way they did Friday night and all week, the Phillies rode early offense to a comparatively comfortable win. They scored three runs in the initial inning on J.T. Realmuto‘s bases-clearing double and cruised from there in a 6-0 win, their sixth in a row.

The Phils have outscored their opponents 22-1 in the initial three innings of these six games.

You understand, last year, that has been our downfall, honestly, pitcher Kyle Gibson said of the Phillies capability to beat teams buried in the standings.

This season, our mindset to arrive is a tiny bit crisper sufficient reason for a bit more of an advantage than weve had previously. Its an easy task to get lackadaisical or complacent when youre playing these teams. Especially lately, weve done an excellent job of developing against these teams and obtaining the lead early and really setting the tone to the overall game.

Ive been on those teams where youre losing 100 games and if you quit runs early, it feels as though, Here we go again. I’d assume a few of the teams weve played experienced that feeling. Thats what you need because the team thats playing for the playoffs. You need them getting back in that mood and for them its likely to be hard another. Thats been the largest difference.

Realmuto has been among baseball’s best sluggers going back five weeks. He’s driven in 26 runs in his last 27 games, fourth in the majors over that span behind only Paul Goldschmidt, Aaron Judge and Pete Alonso.

Realmuto comes with an extra-base hit and/or an RBI in eight straight games and the opportunities should persist with Bryce Harper back hitting before him. Harper, in his second game since returning from the broken left thumb, singled in the initial inning in the same way he did Friday. It loaded the bases for Realmuto. Harper was later intentionally walked twice.

Since Ive been here, weve almost played right down to our competition sometimes, Realmuto said. For me personally, thats an impact inside our season. The teams we ought to handle, weve played well against all season.

The Phillies have exposed a good cushion in the wild-card race. They’re in the next of three wild-card spots with a 2-game lead on the Padres and a five-game lead on the Brewers.

There are a great number of really bad teams across baseball this year, and since being swept out from the All-Star break by the Cubs, the Phillies are 18-2 against clubs with losing records.

Since June 1, the Phillies experienced five different winning streaks of at the very least five games. At 72-55, they’re as far above .500 as they are because the final day of the 2011 season, and it’s really been that long given that they had this many hitters hot simultaneously.

The Phillies are 23-9 within their last 32 games. Nick Castellanos, Alec Bohm and Realmuto have each hit between .323 and .333 throughout that stretch. Bryson Stott has hit .295 with pop. Jean Segura was not back for several of this time but he’s hit .344 with a .427 on-base percentage in his last 19 games. And he’s now the 8-hole hitter.

Remember when Kyle Schwarber was carrying the Phillies’ offense from June 1 through mid-July? Schwarber has one home stepped on the final three weeks and the Phils have gone 14-7. They’re facing inferior pitching and shoddy defenses but they’re finding methods to score even though their house run hitters aren’t going deep.

Gibson earned the win in his 25th start, improving to 9-5 with a 4.08 ERA. He struck out nine across seven scoreless innings in another of his best starts of the entire year.

The Phils turn to sweep the seven-game season series contrary to the Pirates Sunday afternoon behind Noah Syndergaard, whose four starts as a Phillie have all led to wins.

“September 1 may be just a little early to start out great deal of thought, however when you’re sitting in a playoff spot, it’s simpler to consider,” Gibson said. “You make an effort to fight those thoughts and soon you can clinch and and soon you can get compared to that moment, but absolutely, it’s something you see.”

Thirty-five games to go.

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