Phillies place in the 2022 NL Wild Card playoff race originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Phillies ended their five-game losing streak by winning Game 1 of a scheduled Friday doubleheader in DC.
Game 2 ended in rain, necessitating a split doubleheader on Saturday at 13:00 and 19:00.
The Phils temporarily extended their lead to one game over the Brewers and finished last in the wildcard National League.
Their magic number is five. It could drop to four if the Brewers lose at home to the Marlins on Friday night.
The Phillies are 84-72 and they hold a tiebreak over the Brewers 83-73.
The Brewers will have three more games with the Marlins this weekend. They end up at home against the Diamondbacks and the Phillies end up in Houston.
An exciting pitching duel could take place at American Family Field on Friday night, pitting 2022 NL winner Cy Young Corbin Burns against likely 2023 NL winner Cy Young Sandy Alcantara. While the Marlins are just 65-91, their top three starting pitchers will head to Alcantara, Edward Cabrera and Pablo Lopez for the remainder of the weekend.
The NL East Mass Series also kicks off Friday with the Mets hosting the Braves. Jacob de Grom opposes Max Freed. Mets 98-58 vs. 97-59 Braves.