A win tonight would pull the Phillies into a first-place tie with the Mets in the National League East. Meanwhile, the Phils are in the wild card mix, trailing the Brewers by only four games.
September is just around the corner, the time when scoreboard watching sets in and baseball fans track the outcomes of several teams. The wild card race hasn’t been discussed much in our comments thread, but with time running out to make a head-to-head dent with New York, readers are getting in a wild card state of mind.
“Given the four head-to-head games against Milwaukee, I would say that the WC is clearly in play. It's certainly not the most likely route to the playoffs, but I'd feel a lot better about their chances if they could close the gap and make the WC a viable alternative. The Brewers do have a three-game series against the Mets coming up, which will be an opportunity for the Phillies to gain ground no matter what happens. I'm not holding my breath expecting to make the playoffs via the WC, but it's at least worth our energy to be watching the Brewer and Cardinal scores and rooting for both teams to lose, especially Milwaukee." -- bay_area_phan