Brett had a good point in his post this AM
Jeff Passan has a long final week writeup, and amid the possible chaos in the lower seeds of the postseason race, one thing becomes clear: you’re probably hoping the Cubs match up with the Phillies in the opening round of the playoffs. For one thing, they’ve got injury issues with three of their most important hitters (Bryce Harper, JT Realmuto, and Rhys Hoskins). For another thing, in order to make the playoffs, the Phillies might have to pitch Aaron Nola on short rest on Saturday, which in turn could impact him in the initial postseason series. Yeah, the Giants are probably the preference even beyond the Phillies, but that’s looking unlikely. Then you’ve got the Reds and Marlins – and their scary pitching – as the other possibilities. I guess the Brewers are in there, too, if they get hot. I’d take that. Devin Williams is terrifying, but he’s about it.
On paper the Phillies are one of the scariest potential opponents in the first round, but Nola either has to pitch on short rest one of his next two starts or be held back for a game 3. Add the injuries to their hitters and their laughably bad pen and maybe they're the opponent we should he rooting for.