It's all starting to catch up with the Phillies, who lost to the Marlins 6-3 yesterday in uninspired fashion. The Mets, who increased their lead to six games in the NL East, can now start thinking about magic numbers.
The pitching and injuries are starting to look like they will be too much for the lineup to overcome, as the Phillies continue to cling to the lingering Wild Card possibility with the Padres losing to the Rockies. The Rockies used an NL-record 10 pitchers in Friday's 10-4 win, holding the Pads to a three-game advantage over the Phils in the WC. Meanwhile, the Mets won. It may be time to forget about that possibility, although they'll meet head-to-head next week.
The good news for the Phils is that Cole Hamels has been cleared to start throwing. The ace left-hander, who's been sidelined with a strained elbow, has been given a timetable of about 10 days until his return, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Is it too little, too late? Judging by the drop in traffic, most people are ready to dive head-first into football season.
Not just yet, my friends. Today's game begins at 3:55 p.m. ET and is broadcast nationally on Fox. Discuss it here as X-factor John Ennis makes his first start for the Phillies. Catch the fever, baby. Ennis stumps the unfamiliarized Marlins and goes six-plus for the win. I know. I'm 13 hours ahead.