How the club chooses to handle it's Rhys Hoskins problem is going to be one of the most interesting of this entire off-season.
The Phillies, who slipped into the final National League Wildcard postseason berth during the closing days of the regular season, have run though a trio of series as underdogs to capture the eighth NL pennant in franchise history.
Should either the Mariners or Phillies play poorly over these final three weeks and end up once again missing postseason play it will be considered a major collapse.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola is an ace ready to prove it in September. Nola is an ace because he not only can pitch well against good teams, but has proven it by actually doing it. The Phillies righty is not only worthy of a big contract extension as a true ace, but the team needs him fronting their rotation over the next half-dozen years.
Based on their current roster, the talent levels and questions marks involving the other contenders, and the fact that I believe Dombrowski will work aggressively in-season to further improve that roster at every chance, this 2021 Phillies team could win the NL East.