The Phillies lost to the Mets 7-3. Hours later, they were ensured a playoff berth when the Padres lost to the Reds 12-2.
Qualifying for the postseason has become so commonplace that news of the Phillies clinching wasn’t even worth of its own blog entry. In fact, the Phillies may not even take a proper champagne bath at all. Heavy rain is forecast for Washington tonight. If the Braves lose, the Phillies could clinch the division sitting on their backsides in the comfort of their hotel rooms. Or how about this scenario: If the Braves prevail, the Phils could also clinch in a possible Tuesday double-header make-up, possibly Game 1, and put the champagne on ice until after the second game. (The champagne has indeed made the trip to D.C. To save on travel expenses, Brian Bocock and Paul Hoover stowed away with the crates of alcohol).These ho-hum scenarios are all because Cole Hamels and the Phillies came out flat in their final regular-season home series. Hamels, who looked a little more like the “unglued” Hamels of ’09, battled an inconsistent strike zone and was burned by a couple of cutters that caught too much of the plate. Four innings tied his shortest outing of the season.