3 reasons why the Phillies are still in contention and 1 reason why they are not

The Braves have led the division for the entirety of the season and have looked like the best team in baseball but there is always a chance the Phillies can catch them. Let's take a look at three reasons why the Phillies can win the NL East and one reason why they are too far out of it.
Milwaukee Brewers v Philadelphia Phillies
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Reason #1 why they won’t win the NL East

This one is plain and simple. The Braves hold a 10.5 game lead. The largest comebacks in the history of MLB in the 21st century are the 2012 Athletics coming back from 13 games, 2006 Twins coming back from 12.5 games and 2014 Dodgers coming back from 10 games. So, it has happened before, but just a few examples over the 23 years does not give off a ton of confidence that this can happen. The other point here is that the Braves are simply one of the three best teams in the league. From game one of the season, they have been the most consistent team with the offense that just doesn't quit. From the lead off spot to the nine hole hitter, they send dangerous batters to the plate that can deliver back breaking homeruns or just pass the baton to the next guy. They are on pace to win 106 games for a reason and up to this point they have not showed signs of slowing down.

When it comes down to it, I am sure the Phillies would take a playoff berth either from winning the division or taking one of the three wild card spots. The Phillies haven't won the division since 2011 and the Braves have won the last five dating back to 2018. It would be nice to see the Phillies regain their reign at the top of the division and take down the big, bad Braves.