The Philadelphia Phillies are getting set for their postseason run to begin on Tuesday night.
They host the Miami Marlins in a three-game series all at Citizens Bank Park.
Playing in the Wild Card round is nothing new to the Phillies.
They had to do the same thing last year, making the playoffs as the final Wild Card team.
The Phillies tore through the National League playoffs a year ago, losing only two games en route to the World Series.
It is safe to assume things will be much more difficult for the Phils this time around.
One spot where they need to dominate this postseason is pitching.
The adage “pitching wins in the playoffs” is something the Phillies need to buy into.
Yet, they have decided to leave one big name off their Wild Card roster.
According to Kevin Barral, Michael Lorenzen did not make the Wild Card roster.
The Philadelphia Phillies have announced their Wild Card Roster.
— Kevin Barral (@kevin_barral) October 3, 2023
Since it is only a three-game series at most, the Phillies must have felt Lorenzen would not be needed.
Lorenzen has experience pitching out of the bullpen during his career.
He even finished a game for the Phillies over the final week of the regular season.
Still, the Phillies thought it was best to leave Lorenzen off for the Wild Card series.
During the regular season, the Marlins won seven of the 13 matchups with the Phillies.
There is no question they play them well and have a shot to pull off the upset.
But, postseason baseball in Philadelphia is different than in other places.
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