Getting up to speed as the first-place Phillies get set for the Nationals.
No news is good news in mid-September for a contending team. Two years ago during the Phillies' run to the World Series, there was still plenty of uncertainty as to whether the Phils would even qualify for the postseason. Those covering the hometown nine, Beerleaguer included, were writing at a fever pitch. Not today. A lot has changed. Even when the Phils were still trailing Atlanta, the prevailing wisdom was that they'd eventually hunt them down. Now that they have, you'll notice how the conversation has shifted to a "barring a collapse" tone, at least today as they get set for a series with the "pesky" Nationals, "pesky" being the word that used to describe the Marlins. Everybody knows that the season hinges on six with Atlanta and the Big Three's ability to throw strikes. In other words, nobody can stop the Phillies but themselves. History supports this. As the last few seasons have shown, they won't stand in their own way.