Series Preview: Blue Jays Aim to Flatten the Phillies

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Aug 15, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman

Chase Utley

(26) hits a double in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Across the diamond: Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies are at the end of their cycle. They have sold off their parts for the future and have started to show off some of what is coming up through the pipe. Chase Utley could still be dispatched before the August 31 waiver deadline and that would leave the Phanatics with Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz as the last of the Roy Halladay led Phillies and their built-for-playoff aspirations.

The new breed is led by 2B Andres Blanco, CF Odubel Herrera, S Freddy Galvis in the field, while closer Ken Giles and SPs Aaron Nova and Adam Morgan are plying their trade against the rest of MLB and fighting to keep their spots for next year.

This is a young team now and with youth usually comes hunger to stay in the Show. The Blue Jays may be playoff bound at this point but never look past what is right in front of you. If you look past, they may just run over you (17-10 record since the all-star break).

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