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The Phillies went 3-4 on the road against a couple of division foes last week. They took 2 of 3 from the fading Marlins, and dropped 3 of four against the division leading Nationals. Their record stands at 63-80 (21-32 since the All Star break). BTW, in last weeks discussion, I did predict that the Nationals would lose a game to the Phillies, sort of.
A friend of mine pointed out that after the Phillies swept the Rockies at home, they were only seven games below .500 at 56-63 on August 14th. Two nights later, the Dodgers came to town, the fans had their Utley love fest, and the Phillies have gone 7-17 since. Blame Utley? Or just one of those coincidences that make you go, “Hmm”.
The Phillies begin a 9-game home stand Monday. They play 4 against Pittsburgh and 3 against Miami. Both teams are in danger in dropping out of the wild card race. They are both 5 losses behind the resurgent Mets.
Okay, no reason to track the Phillies descent in the wild card race any longer. Their elimination number is seven. With 19 games remaining on their schedule, I think they’re a lock. They could be eliminated as early as next week end.
In spite of their 3-4 week, the Phillies still have a .441 winning percentage. Still eighth worst in the league.
The Phillies have 80 losses. Three teams with 82 losses (Oakland, Tampa, and Cincinnati) have played the Phillies into a position where they may still be able to better their draft position (and more importantly, their bonus allotment). Two 79-loss teams (Anaheim and Milwaukee) are playing well right now (Angels 5-5 and Brewers 7-3) and the Angels have an opportunity to play spoiler down the stretch.
The Phillies have recalled 36 of the 40 players on their 40-man roster. Those still in the minors are Elvis Araujo, David Buchanan, Jimmy Cordero (DL), and Dalier Hinojosa. Nick Williams may have made any decision on his behalf even easier when he was removed from the IronPigs last game after he injured himself running into a railing trying to catch a fly ball in foul territory.
Roman Quinn was called up and inserted into the line up. He started in CF. I didn’t watch the game, but I heard he made a couple of dramatic catches on fly balls and almost beat out a ground ball to second. He went 0-3 with a walk.