The Phillies have a handful of goals left between now and the end of the regular season. They want to win at least twice to reach 100 victories. They want to stay healthy, of course. And they want to get some of their struggling players going before the postseason kicks off.
But they are also keeping an eye on Joe Savery, who likely will get two or three relief opportunities over the final six games. Does he have a chance to make the playoff roster? Well, it's hard to call it a good chance, but it's not as much of a longshot as it was six months ago or even one month ago.
Savery, the Phils' first-round pick in 2007, has gone from a pitcher to a hitter back to a pitcher. The lefty had a strong run for the IronPigs in the latter part of this season, going 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA over 25 innings. He struck out 26 batters and walked only six. He held lefties to a .192 average, though he actually struck out righties at a higher clip. In two major league appearances this month, Savery has pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relatively uneventful fashion.
The other factors, of course, are the struggles of Antonio Bastardo, who remains the only lefty in the Phillies' bullpen, and the debated value of guys like Kyle Kendrick or Michael Stutes in the postseason. It's probably unlikely that the Phillies would summon Savery for the NLDS - or any ensuing round - but it's certainly an idea that's on the table as we enter the final week of the season.