After last night’s loss the Phillies enter the final 100 games of the season at 31-31. Hey, it could be worse I guess?
The question that is on everyone’s mind is, can the Phillies make the playoffs? If the answer is yes, then all they need is a bit of luck to win the World Series. Well that isn’t all they need, but I don’t see why it couldn’t happen.
If you recall, there are now two wild cards up for grabs. Currently, the Phillies are 5.5 games behind the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates, who hold both wild card spots respectively. The San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies also stand in between the Phillies and a coveted invitation to the postseason. Even though the Washington Nationals are just one half game behind the Phillies, I consider them completely irrelevant at this point because I can.
Last year the St. Louis Cardinals were awarded the second wild card with a record of 88-74. For arguments sake, let’s just say that is the benchmark. That means the Phillies will have to go 57-43 over the remainder of the season. A winning percentage of .570 doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility, does it? To me it actually seems somewhat doable. Add to the fact that the other National League teams the Phillies would have to beat out for the spot are all majorly flawed, it seems like it will happen.
Boom. I said it. The Phillies are going to make the playoffs. Mark my words. That is, of course, if they don’t make the playoffs. Then just forget I said all of this.