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What do the Phillies do, post All-Star Game towards the trade deadline?

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What will the Phillies management do with this team. The Phils started off like a house on fire, stormed to the lead of the NL East in the first couple months of the season, but the last two months of the season, they have been a much different baseball team.

Are they buyers or sellers at this point? They are still very much capable of doing some great things with some tweaking to this team, but that would probably need to spend more money. Are the Phillies willing to do this?

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Jake Arrieta is awaiting results of the test for bone spurs he recently had. He’s also awaiting possible league action for his comments in the post game interview of him with him saying that he would ‘dent the skull’ of Todd ‘Todd Father’ Frazier of the NY Mets. Will they need a quality starter? Yes, in my opinion, they needed one with or without Arrieta staying on this team.

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Can the Phillies offense start doing better when it needs to? That is a good question. We’re waiting for Hoskins and Harper to start hitting, they have hit HRs but, getting base hits are just as important sometimes. We’ll see if this happens. Harper was rarely not an All Star before joining the Phillies.

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The first 7 games back to playing in the second half may tell us a lot more about this ballclub. The Phillies face the hot Washington Nationals for three games and then the LA Dodgers for 4-games. So a test awaits this team right out of the gate. All of these games are at home though, and that’s the Phillies strength at this point, they are 27-17 at home and just 20-26 on the road.

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