The Philadelphia Phillies are on a roll, which may or may not have to do with the reinstallation of Calum Scott’s version of “Dancing On My Own” as the team’s rally song.

Since June 2nd, the Phils have won 13 of their last 15 games, improving their record to 38-34 and vaulting themselves back into the National League Wild Card race. Currently, the Phillies remain 1 game behind the Dodgers for the last Wild Card spot.

The Fightins faced the biggest test of their winning run when they headed to Arizona to face off against the Diamondbacks at the start of the week. They dropped the first game of the series but then stormed back to win the next three. The series featured a 15-3 slashing of the Snakes, an extra-inning thriller, and yet another Ranger Suarez gem.

The boys from Broad Street were firing on all cylinders, and it didn’t stop there as they headed to Las Vegas, er… I mean, Oakland to meet the Athletics.  With a team as hot as the Phillies, a sweep of the 19-win A’s was extremely foreseeable, and by Sunday, the brooms were brought out. 

All three games were pretty low scoring. That’s because of the Phillies’ pure dominance on the mound. On Friday, Taijuan Walker went 8 innings with 8 Ks. On Saturday, the bullpen shined. And on Sunday, Zach Wheeler did his thing.

And, of course, June Kyle Schwarber kept on cruising with a game-winning RBI single and two lead-off home runs across the weekend.

So, after a week on the road and with a current six-game winning streak under their belt, the Phillies will return to their comfort place in Philadelphia.

Next up? The big, bad Atlanta Braves.

The Braves have been dominant all year, owning a National League-best 46-26 record. They are 8 games ahead of the Phillies for the NL East title. The Braves look to push the Phils back even more when they come to Citizens Bank Park for the first time since they were knocked out of the NLDS in four games last fall.

Atlanta is on its own six-game winning streak of pure baseball dominance. The Braves are hot, especially at the dish. In their most recent four-game series against the Rockies, the Braves compiled 40 runs which are a whopping 10 runs per game. They clubbed 11, yes 11, home runs in those four games and dismantled the Rockies. 

Almost every player on the Braves is scorching at the plate, including Ronald Acuna Jr. (shocking), Ozzie Albies, Matt Olson, Eddie Rosario, and Orlando Arcia. It’s been a team full of All-Stars, and the offensive fire will most likely carry on into the start of the new week.

It will be another big test for the Phillies, who have seemed to finally find their stride in the third month of the season.
In a big series, expect Citizens Bank Park to keep on buzzing as the Braves come to town with their heads held high.

Photo: Jeff Chiu/AP Photo

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