Game 160 - Friday Night, September 29th in Philadelphia
Record - 65-95, 5th place, 32 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: Ben Lively finished up his season with a strong start as the Phillies rode three home runs to this 6-2 win over the Mets.
What It Means: With this win, the Phillies are 36-37 since the All-Star break, having started the season at 29-58 prior to the break.
What Happened: Lively scattered six hits over six innings of work while allowing only two runs. Maikel Franco hit a two-run home run (22) in the second, and Jorge Alfaro (5) and Cesar Hernandez (9) added solo shots in the sixth.
Featured Card: I, along with most Phillies fans and seemingly the entire Phillies team and coaching staff, was shocked on Friday afternoon when the announcement was made that manager Pete Mackanin would not be returning in 2018. Mackanin was given a contract extension in May and he was seemingly in place (along with his coaching staff) for the long haul to see the rebuild through to fruition. General Manager Matt Klentak had other plans. Mackanin will move into a front office role and the coaching staff will be free to pursue other opportunities following Sunday's season finale.
In an awkward and not entirely revealing press conference, Klentak said he had decided that now was the right time to make this change. This in spite of the team playing great together in the second half after dumping players Klentak had added and replacing them with players Klentak had not had a hand in acquiring or drafting. I'm skeptical of the Phillies' GM to say the least.
Mackanin was unexpectedly thrust into the position when Ryne Sandberg decided he wanted no part of a rebuilding process. He did an admirable job and to see him unceremoniously dumped when the team was seemingly coming together is jarring. I like the guy and I like his coaching staff, especially Larry Bowa, Juan Samuel and Mickey Morandini. To see those guys cast aside in favor of a "new and improved" manager and coaching staff is discouraging.
Of course I'll change my opinion on Klentak if his next moves ultimately lead to another parade.
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