They blew a big lead in spectacular fashion Sunday in Atlanta and a terrible call cost them runs Tuesday in Cincinnati. If the Phillies had won those two games they would enter tomorrow night’s series opener against the Rockies at Citizens Bank Park at 68-69 and six games behind the National League Wild Card leaders with their next 13 games against teams with losing records (Rockies, Marlins, Astros and Mets). But it didn’t happen that way. And just like fans can say, Man, if they had only held onto that lead Sunday against the Braves, they just as easily could say, Man, we really got lucky Erik Kratz hit that 0-2 pitch for a homer off Craig Kimbrel on Friday. And nothing prevented the Phillies from scoring more runs Tuesday.
It all evens out.
The Phillies have 25 games to play. Finishing the season with a winning record would be one way to salvage a disappointing season. Ninety-four teams have won 100 or more games since 1900, including the 2011 Phillies. Just five finished the following season with a losing record. The Phillies would like to avoid becoming the sixth:
- 1985 Cardinals (101-61) finished 79-82 (.491) the next year.
- 1970 Reds (102-60) finished 79-83 (.488).
- 1993 Giants (103-59) finished 55-60 (.478) in a strike-shortened season.
- 1931 Cardinals (101-53) finished 72-82 (.468).
- 1917 White Sox (100-54) finished 57-67 (.460).
It would be a morale victory, but it would be something.