3 Hardest Series Remaining on Phillies' Regular Season Schedule

Larry Rupp
The three hardest series remaining on the Philadelphia Phillies regular season schedule.
The three hardest series remaining on the Philadelphia Phillies regular season schedule. / AP Photos/Frank Franklin II

The Philadelphia Phillies are one of the hottest teams in baseball, winning 13 of their last 15 games. That streak of success has catapulted them into the second Wild Card spot in the National League. Keep in mind both the San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers are right on their heels, though.

A passionate Philly fan base has been yearning for the team's first trip to the postseason since 2011. In fact, Philadelphia owns the longest active playoff drought in the NL. With just under two months left in the regular season, the Phillies have to avoid a late season collapse and get the job done.

According to Tankathon, the Phillies hold the sixth-easiest strength of schedule across baseball in their remaining 50 games. With a playoff berth in their sights, let's check out the three hardest series remaining on Philadelphia's regular season schedule.

Philadelphia Phillies Postseason

1. vs. New York Mets (Aug. 19-21)

Playing in front of their own fans usually gives the home team a leg up against its competitor. However, welcoming one of the best teams in baseball to town cancels that out quite a bit. It's worth noting New York Mets fans travel extremely well, too. The Phillies are likely too far behind to compete for a NL East title, but these games still have a lot of meaning. The Mets are competing with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL No. 1 seed and the Phillies cannot afford to lose games in a tight Wild Card race. With a doubleheader on tap for Saturday of this week, players are going to have to leave it all out on the field. That's especially the case when facing elite starting pitchers like Max Scherzer (1.93 ERA) and Jacob deGrom (2.53 ERA).

2. @ Atlanta Braves (Sept. 16-18)

There's no doubt that Phillies players have this matchups circled on the schedule. The Braves are the only team ahead of the Phillies in the Wild Card standings, meaning they are they only ones stopping them from hosting a series in the MLB Playoffs as the No. 4 seed. These are two very evenly matched teams, proven by the fact that the season series between them is tied up at six wins each. Atlanta does visit Philly a week after this series, but a packed Citizens Bank Park should help provide some positive momentum there. Facing Ronald Acuna Jr. and Austin Riley with everything on the line sounds like a tough task for a starting rotation. Finding ways to pull off unexpected wins in crazy environments will be just what Philadelphia needs to prepare for the postseason.

3. @ Houston Astros (Oct. 3-5)

No baseball team in the country wants to end the regular season facing the Houston Astros in Minute Maid Park at the tail end of a 10-game road trip. That's what the Phillies are going to have to do, though. It's easy to think that the Astros would be taking it easy at this point by resting some of their star players, but that scenario becomes less and less likely when looking at the AL standings. Houston is in contention for the No. 1 seed and all signs point to that battle coming down to the wire. That means this rare AL-NL late season matchup could have a ton of playoff implications. The Astros own a ridiculous +130 run differential on the year (No. 3 in MLB) thanks to a team ERA of 3.05 (No. 2 in MLB).

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