Tonight begins the easiest stretch for the Phils all season, with the average, nightly opponent holding a .480 winning percentage as of today’s standings.
If there’s any call for optimism following their second series loss to a divisional foe, it's that the remaining 60 starts to lighten up for the Phillies starting tonight with a visit from the Atlanta Braves (.475). The Phils are 8-1 against them and match up nine more times. After Atlanta, the Phils travel to Washington (.373) for a three-game set, the first of four-remaining three-gamers with the Nats. The Dodgers, Pirates and Padres round out the sub-.500 opponents the rest of the way. The hardest spots include a pair of four-game sets, the toughest is at Chicago (.588) and then another one at home with the Brewers (.578). The Phils and Florida (.520) have nine more slated, while the division-leading Mets (.539) match up with the Phils just five more times. How huge does that last series look now?
Undone in the daytime: With yesterday’s loss, the Phillies fell to 12-20 in day games.