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The Phillies went 0-6 against a couple of division foes last week. They were swept at home by the first place Nationals and the last place Braves. Their record stands at 60-76 (18-28 since the All Star break).
Things get better when they go on the road to play 3 games in Miami and 4 games in Washington. Seriously, the Marlins are fading in the wild card race and the Nationals are due to lose another game to the Phillies this season.
The Phillies lost a lot of ground on the Cardinals for the second wild card. They have dropped back into a tie with the Brewers. They now trail by 11.5 games . Their elimination number is 16 games.
The Phillies’ recent woes (they were outscored at home, 11-25, while losing all six games) have lowered their winning percentage to .441 and dropped them to the eighth worst in the league (Phillies “win” all ties).
The Phillies are fewer games behind the Braves (6.5 GB) for the top pick in the draft than they are the Cardinals (11.5 GB) for the wild card. Teams like Arizona, Cincinnati, Tampa, and Oakland are all within reach (no more than 2 games back in the loss column). Anaheim and Milwaukee still have to be fought off, they play in equally difficult divisions.
A recent decision that may factor into fans’ wishes for a high draft pick and bonus allotment is the rate at which Phillies’ pitchers are dropping. Vince Velasquez has been shut down for the season. Only two starters from the team’s opening day roster are still healthy – Jeremy Hellickson and Jerad Eickhoff.