Gabe Kapler defended his way of handling things again following the Phillies' 16-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday night. This time, however, he did something different by sitting down third baseman Maikel Franco after he failed to run out a grounder in the third inning.
The Phillies are tied for the National League’s second wild-card spot, but it’s hard to see them staying there much longer. They are fading fast and there are six teams within three games of them. Reaching the postseason does not feel as close as it did in the middle of February.