Tank of the night: Phillies

September, 4, 2013
9/04/13
12:52
PM ET
On Wednesday, I wrote about how MLB is essentially encouraging tanking by tying free-agent compensation and draft budgets to a team's final position in the overall standings. Since the first 10 picks in the first round are protected if a team signs a free agent who has been given a qualifying offer, there is a potential huge price to pay if you finish with the 11th-worst record instead of the 10th-worst.

So, in honor of the race to the 10th, we present a new daily feature: The tank of the night. (All in good fun, of course! We don't really think teams are trying to lose, just that, you know, it may be beneficial if they're right on that border.)

Tuesday's winner: The Phillies, for rolling out a lineup that included Cesar Hernandez htting leadoff, Kevin Frandsen hitting third and Michael Martinez in center field. The three players with the highest OPS hit fifth, sixth and seventh. Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins were both on the bench, although both pinch-hit later in the game. Well done, Phillies! (Actually, that makeshift lineup managed to score six runs but the Nationals won 9-6.)

Current standings:

 


Team W L Pct. GB
1. Astros 45 93 .326 ---
2. Marlins 52 85 .380 7.5
3. White Sox 56 81 .409 11.5
4. Cubs 58 80 .420 13
5. Brewers 59 79 .428 14
6. Giants 61 77 .442 16
7. Twins 61 76 .445 16.5
8. Mariners 62 76 .449 17
8. Padres 62 76 .449 17
10. Mets 62 75 .453 17.5
10. Phillies 63 76 .453 17.5
12. Blue Jays 64 75 .460 18.5
13. Rockies 65 75 .464 19
14. Angels 64 73 .467 19.5


Only 3.5 games separating the 6th-worst Giants from the 14th-worst Angels. What a race!

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.