Well, those who wanted manager Joe Girardi to pay with his head, or at least his job, finally got their wish. On Friday, the Phillies announced that Girardi had been let go. His replacement, at least on an interim basis, is bench coach Rob Thomson.
Aaron Nola, the Phillies' ace, takes the mound at 3:10 pm. It may be too late for the team already. But right now he represents a last gasp for the Phillies to get into the playoffs.
The playoffs begin in just a few short days. At the moment, we still don't know if the Phillies will be playing postseason baseball for the first time since 2011. The playoff picture is been a messy one in recent days, and now the Phillies have just one route into the Wildcard round that would open next Wednesday.
Pete Mackanin was a former Phillies player who, while not winning, was the right man at the right time in the middle of the club's recent rebuilding phase.
Andrew Knapp has served as the Phillies backup catcher for the last three years behind three different starters. He is likely to return in that role.