PHI: 76-74, 3rd in NL East; ATL: 86-64, 4th in NL East
When: September 21-23
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)
Friday: Kyle Kendrick (9-11, 3.95) vs Tommy Hanson (12-8, 4.33)
Saturday: Roy Halladay (10-7, 4.03) vs Mike Minor (9-10, 4.31)
Sunday: Cliff Lee (6-7, 3.27) vs Tim Hudson (15-6, 3.77)
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 4:05, FOX
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
All Games on 94.1 FM
FINAL TWELVE — The Phillies have 12 games remaining on their schedule, and nine of them are against the Braves and Nationals, who have playoff spots locked up.
Both teams, who are already great baseball teams, could look to play spoiler for a Phillies team that is desperately trying to sneak into the post season. Remember, the Phillies have tormented both teams the past five seasons, and even kept the Braves out of the playoffs in the final series last season.
The Cardinals are on pace to win 86 games, needing to go 6-6 to reach that mark. The Phillies will need to go 11-1 in these final 12 games to finish with 87 wins.
But St. Louis has games left with Houston and Chicago, and the Dodgers and Brewers are still in front of the Phillies, the latter playing as good of baseball as the Phillies have lately.
The point: the season isn’t lost, but expectations shouldn’t be too high at this point. At least one good thing can be taken from this: the Phillies are living up to their “Fightin’s” moniker.