Phillies Clinch (A Playoff Berth)!
If you’re like me, you’re wondering the same thing: what are the Phillies doing with all the champagne they bought this weekend to celebrate their fourth consecutive National League East championship?
They’re taking it to DC.
It is worth noting the Phillies clinched a playoff berth today anyway, despite losing to the Mets. They clinched because only one National League West team can finish with 93 wins.
The Phillies are 93-63 with six games to play.
If the Braves (87-69) win their remaining games, they can finish with no more than 93 wins. The Padres (87-68) and Giants (88-68) are competing for the NL West championship with the Giants holding a half-game lead. They play each other in a three-game series this weekend at AT&T Park. If both teams win every game leading to that series, they both would be 91-68. One of those teams obviously will win at least two of those games, pushing one team to 93 wins while the other team finishes with no more than 92.
Thus, the Phillies are in the playoffs.
If you’re wondering if the Phillies were going to celebrate on the train, think again. I asked Brad Lidge if it’s safe to assume the entire team will not be headed to the bar car for a celebratory drink.
“I think that’s a safe assumption,” he said. “We might be doing some low-key patting on the back, but we want to accomplish our goal and nothing short. That’s when we’ll celebrate.”
Because the Braves lost, the Phillies can clinch the NL East tomorrow with a victory over the Nationals or a Braves loss to the Marlins.