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Seranthony Dominguez pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts on Wednesday against the Marlins to earn his eighth save of the year.

Fantasy Impact: As usual, Dominguez looks like the leader of a saves committee in Philadelphia, and he continues to dominate when he pitches. His K/9 rate is up to 11.1, and he hasn't allowed a run in his last nine appearances. With his strong ratios and usage, he's both a must-roster and must-start player.

Category: Game Recaps


Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs on six hits and two walks over six innings on Wednesday against the Marlins. He struck out four and did not factor into the decision.

Fantasy Impact: This is essentially as good as it gets for Syndergaard, who simply doesn't miss bats any longer. He generated just nine whiffs, despite the fact that his slider velocity was up significantly in the start. Syndergaard is just a seventh starter for mixed leagues, one who won't often hurt you but who will rarely help you. He has a 3.96 ERA and a poor 6.92 K/9 rate, and should be started in only favorable matchups. He will take on the Reds next.

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Jean Segura went 2-for-3 with a solo home run on Tuesday against the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: Segura has only played a few games since returning fromt the IL but he looks to be finding his sea legs. He had three hits in his last game, followed by two more and the home run here. Segura was having a respectable season before going down with a fractured finger, and is a decent, low-end, five-category contributor when healthy. Those in deeper leagues in need of a middle infielder should roster and start Segura with little hesitation.

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Zack Wheeler allowed a run on five hits and three walks over six innings on Tuesday against the Marlins. He struck out eight and earned the win, moving to 11-5.

Fantasy Impact: Wheeler generated 20 whiffs on Tuesday and put up a 30% CSW rate, en route to another strong performance. After a rough outing in Toronto in mid-June, Wheeler has now run off four straight starts of allowing two runs or fewer while striking out at least six batters in each outing. Wheeler continues to excel at minimizing hard contact, and ranks in the top 10% of MLB in that category for the third straight season. He'll take on the Mets next, where he should be started universally.

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Darick Hall went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two solo home runs on Sunday against the Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: Hall is now up to eight home runs in just 109 plate appearances, and he is batting a strong .282. He sits against all lefties (he has just six plate appearances against them all year) and may have a short shelf life with Bryce Harper likely to return in a few weeks. But for now, when the Phillies are facing several righties in a week, he makes a fine play, even if he is outperforming his expected statistics by a significant margin.

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Rhys Hoskins went 1-for-2 with two RBI and a home run on Sunday against the Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: That's the fourth straight game with a home run for Hoskins, who is up to 24 on the season. He has just five RBI in those four games, however, continuing a season-long problem with driving in runs. But he's now on pace to easily top 30 home runs on the year and could challenge his career-best of 34. Continue to start him as your first baseman in all formats.

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Aaron Nola allowed one run on five hits and two walks over six innings on Sunday against the Nationals. He struck out five and earned the win, moving to 8-8.

Fantasy Impact: As with most games in the series, the Phillies jumped out to a big lead early, providing Nola with a ton of cushion. Because of the big lead, he didn't need to do anything special, and so there's no reason for fantasy managers to worry about his meager nine whiffs. Nola is now down to a 3.17 ERA and 0.95 WHIP, and his strikeout rate is above 28% for the third straight season. He should be valued as a borderline top-10 starter going forward, and will take on the Mets in his next start.

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J.T. Realmuto went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, three RBI, a home run, and a triple on Saturday against the Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: Realmuto has now homered and tripled in consecutive games, becoming the first catcher ever to do so. He's slowly turned things around after a slow start and his .265/.336/.428 slash line looks eerily similar to last year's. Those who held onto Realmuto and ignored the urge to sell low despite him batting .227 in May and June are being, and will continue to be, heavily rewarded. Enjoy the production of the perennial top-five catcher.

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Ranger Suarez allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings on Saturday against the Nationals. He struck out five and earned the win, moving to 8-5.

Fantasy Impact: Suarez was staked to a nine-run lead by the end of the second inning and pitched well until running into trouble in the sixth. He was hardly dominant, with just a 16% whiff rate, but he did what pitchers are supposed to do when given a ton of run support - he pounded the strike zone and made sure the Nationals had to earn their production. Those waiting for the Suarez of last year will continue to be disappointed, and his respectable 3.68 ERA is accompanied by a dreadful 1.37 WHIP. But with the Phillies playing well and Suarez unlikely to hurt you, he's worth starting other than in difficult matchups. His next start will come against the Mets, and that should be one of those times where you look for better options.

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Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-3 with a solo home run on Friday against the Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: Another day, another homer for Schwarber, who is now up to 34 on the year. Schwarber hit 12 home runs in June and 10 in July, and although this was his first of August, there's no reason to expect a slowdown in power. His quality of contact is exceptional so unless you're in the world's biggest fight for batting average, just enjoy everything Schwarber gives you.

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Nick Castellanos went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI on Friday against the Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: Castellanos' home run left the bat at 108.6 MPH and gave the Phillies all the cushion they would need on Friday. After going through a massive home run drought, he now has two home runs over his last three games, though that brings him to just 10 on the year. Castellanos has all the talent in the world, so it's plausible that he will simply flip a switch despite a dreadful season and get back to being the player he was last year. But fantasy managers should hardly bank on that, and instead just enjoy the meager production when they can get it.

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Kyle Gibson allowed one run on two hits and a walk over eight innings on Friday against the Nationals. He struck out four and earned the win, moving to 7-4.

Fantasy Impact: The Nationals have one of the weakest lineups in baseball after dealing away Juan Soto and Josh Bell, so take this outing for Gibson with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, they all count the same, and Gibson lowered his ERA and WHIP to 4.36 and 1.17, respectively. There was nothing special for Gibson in this start - he generated just 10 whiffs, had a 27% CSW rate, and allowed an 87.1 MPH average exit velocity. All of those numbers are adequate, but not eye-popping, and that's essentially what you'll get with Gibson in a positive matchup. But with another soft outing against the Marlins on tap, he's worth keeping in your lineup, particularly in deeper leagues.

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Alec Bohm went 1-for-2 with a three-run home run on Thursday against the Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: Bohm has just eight home runs on the year with 44 RBI, but his .297 batting average makes him worth starting for the most part. This was his second home run in four games, so managers have to hope that this is the start of a mini-power surge for the infielder. Even if not, he's worth starting on any team where batting average is remotely in question.

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Didi Gregorius was released by the Phillies Thursday. (Source: Phillies on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: With the acquisition of Edmundo Sosa and Jean Segura returning, there was no room for Didi on the roster. Didi slashed .210/.263/.304 with one home run, 19 RBIs, and one stolen base over 63 games in 2022. Regardless of where the veteran shortstop ends up, he does not have any fantasy value moving forward.

Category: Transactions


Brandon Marsh has reported to the Phillies Thursday after being acquired from the Angels at the trade deadline. (Source: Phillies on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Marsh figures to bolster the Phillies’ defense in centerfield moving forward. In 93 games, the 24-year-old is slashing .226/.284/.353 with eight home runs, 37 RBIs, and 8 stolen bases. Marsh has posted a .995 fielding percentage in 687 career innings in centerfield and should provide a viable fantasy option moving forward.

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David Robertson pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts on Wednesday against the Braves to earn his first save with the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: Robertson's usage was surprising, considering Rob Thomson had said that Seranthony Dominguez and Brad Hand would be used primarily in the eighth and ninth innings. But, Robertson not only got the save chance in his first game, he converted it with ease. He has had an outstanding season with a 2.18 ERA and an 11.54 K/9 rate, so expect him to factor into the ninth inning going forward. But do not take Wednesday's usage to suggest he's the clear-cut closer, particularly in light of Thomson's prior comments.

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Jeurys Familia has been designated for assignment by the Philadelphia Phillies per Matt Gelb of The Athletic. (Source: Matt Gelb on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Familia has been released following a 2022 first half that saw him go 1-1 with a 6.09 ERA. Philadelphia got some bullpen help earlier in the day by trading for David Robertson, prompting the 32-year-old's release. It remains unseen whether the 11-year pro will be signed by another club.

Category: Transactions


Odubel Herrera was designated for assignment Tuesday after the Phillies traded for Brandon Marsh (Source: Matt Gelb on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Herrera’s time in Philadelphia comes to an end after parts of seven season with the team. He is slashing .238/.279/.378 with five home runs, 21 RBIs, and six stolen bases. Fantasy managers can safely move on from Herrera as he likely will not land a starting role elsewhere.

Category: Transactions


The Philadelphia Phillies have transferred Zach Eflin to the 60-day injured list. (Source: Philadelphia Phillies on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This move was made to make room for Andrew Vasquez who the Phillies claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays. Eflin has been sidelined due to a knee injury and remains without a timetable to return this season.

Category: Injury Updates


Bryce Harper had the pins removed from surgically repaired left thumb and can start ramp up his rehab according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. (Source: Todd Zolecki on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Harper has been out since June 25 after having surgery on his fractured left thumb. Harper opted not to have follow up surgery late last month: Harper is slashing .318/.385/.599 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI in 64 games prior to the injury. Harper is expected to return before the end of the year, possibly as early as later in August.

Category: Injury Updates