The Phillies need a sweep and help from either the Giants or Diamondbacks to keep their playoff hopes alive. Randy Wolf gets the ball in what could be his final start in a Phillies uniform.
Today’s game could get ugly, with tempers already flaring about Scott Olsen’s comments about the Phils, but nothing would be uglier than a Phillies loss and consequent playoff absence for the 13th time in as many years.
Two Philadelphia wins coupled with two losses by either the Dodgers or Padres would put the Phillies into a one-game playoff for the wild card. That’s the best they can hope for now following the Dodgers come-from-behind win at San Francisco.
Olsen (12-9, 3.97) is seeking revenge from Sunday’s beating, in which he allowed seven runs and three homers. The 22-year-old was ejected in the third for throwing at Abraham Nunez, and told the media before this series he "Hopes to ruin the Phillies season."
If it wasn't for Olsen's statements, all eyes would be on Phillies left-hander Randy Wolf (4-0, 5.24 ERA), who's shouldering his team's hopes for the post-season, and also pitching for a new contract. Wolf is not a good pitcher against Florida. Lifetime, the soon-to-be free-agent is 3-12 with a 6.08 ERA in 18 career starts against the Marlins.