The playoffs are well within reach
As mentioned on the first slide, almost no one expected the Phillies to be in playoff contention, let alone in first place, at this point of the season. In a best-case scenario they could push for a wild-card spot, but to be where they are now was not planned on. Now the playoffs are well within reach for this team.
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The Phillies, Braves, and Nationals are considered the main contenders in the division. Washington is 5.5 games behind Philadelphia in the standings, but their run differential and the massive amount of talent on their roster both say they should pick up the pace in the second half. Meanwhile, the Braves have been a thorn in Philadelphia’s side all year, keeping pace with them at just a half game back in the division. They have proven they are legitimate contenders in the division.
On the other hand, you still can’t count out the Phillies. Their schedule in the second half is far less imposing than the first half, especially compared to that rough month of June.
If they keep up their pace from before the break, they will win 90 games, which should put them right in the heart of the playoff chase.
For the first time in years, the Phillies will be playing important baseball in the second half of the season. They have a great chance not only to make the playoffs but even win the NL East this year.