With 35 games remaining, the Phillies are backing themselves into a corner while the Mets keep winning. With similar schedules, some feel the division could be decided in the five remaining games between these division rivals.
“The problem is that the Phils are just like the kid who goes into the final with a failing grade and now needs to get a "A" or "A-" just to get a passing grade. Been that way almost every season since 2003 and just once (2007) did the Phils get that passing grade (making the playoffs). ... Basically Phils almost have to go 4-1 or 5-0 against the Mets in their remaining 5 games to win this thing. Otherwise, they face a pretty uphill climb to make up the difference and will also likely need some help from the Mets to falter a bit.” -- MG
“There is still a lot of baseball to be played, including 5 games with the Mets. 18 games against WSH, ATL, FL 5 against the Mets 12 against MIL, CHC, LAD. The Mets just took the lead over the Phils bc of a LAD sweep and bc they took care of business against SD, FL, WSH, PIT, and ATL. The Phils were 14-7 (besides the LAD sweep) in that time. If the Phils win at least 12 of those easy 18 and 5 or 6 of the hard 12, the division winner will be decided by the head-to-head games against the Mets.” -- Sophist