The Marlins are now tied with the Phillies for the worst record in baseball

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This Phillies, who have been the butt of jokes all year, are no longer the worst team in baseball. Well, technically they’re tied for that dubious distinction. They won last night and the Marlins lost their fifth straight, which puts them both at 43-67, last place in the NL East and tied for last for the league’s worst record and the inside track for the first pick in next year’s draft.

Of course that’s sort of misleading. Philly, as most of you know, has been a completely different baseball team in the second half, going 14-5 since the break. They’re 17-19 since Ryne Sandberg quit and Pete Mackanin took over on June 26.

Miami, meanwhile, is 5-16 since the break and have dropped six of seven since July turned to August. A lot of folks will say “hey, Giancarlo Stanton is out, cut them some slack. Nah. Their worst month was May. Stanton has only been out since June 26. Meanwhile, as we noted earlier this week, they’re also doing fun things like keeping their best healthy outfielder down in the minors for financial reasons, so they don’t get too much benefit of the doubt from this quarter.

This is all the worse given the expectations game. Everyone knew the Phillies would be bad this year. Many folks, however, thought the Marlins would and should challenge for a wild card this year. If you don’t believe me go do a search for “this year’s Royals” and “Miami Marlins.” That was the talking point back in February and March anyway. Even from this quarter.

So, another bummer of a summer in Miami. What else is new?

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.