The Phillies had a good week. After extending their losing streak to four games with an extra inning loss to the Boston Red Sox, they bounced back with a win against the Sox, splitting the 2-game series, and swept a 4-game series from the Miami Marlins. Their pitching staff held the “best team in baseball” to 3 runs in 21.1 innings. And the Phillies outscored the Marlins 23-9.
In sweeping the Marlins, the Phillies restored their 1.5 game lead over the Braves. The Braves have 3 games in hand, but we are tied in the loss column. Advantage Phillies. The Phillies have the second best record in the National League. One game behind the Chicago Cubs. Yet, every “talking head” I’ve heard on MLB and ESPN writes the Phillies (and Braves) off expecting the Nationals to win the division with the wild cards coming from the West and Central Divisions.
The Phillies travel to Arizona and San Diego for two, three-game series. They return home the following week to face Boston in another two-game series and a five-game series with the Mets.
The Miami games were on cable down here. I got to watch a good portion of the them. Who else held their breath when Roman Quinn chased Bour’s HR into the center field fence?