The Phils and Marlins kick off a doubleheader in a few hours, but for now let's take a quick look at what the other NL contenders have been up to:
Braves: Following a stretch of seven losses in nine games, the Braves have won two straight. They have series coming up against the bottom three teams in the NL East before a showdown vs. Philadelphia beginning on Sept. 26.
Brewers: Wednesday was a relatively brutal day for the Brewers. They lost to the Rockies, while the second-place Cardinals beat the Pirates. Off the field, K-Rod finally voiced his displeasure with his role in the Milwaukee bullpen since coming over from the Mets. Who didn't see that coming eventually? And Prince Fielder basically made it clear that he's leaving via free agency after this season. Pretty much everyone expected Fielder to leave, but I'm not sure you're supposed to come out and say it, especially in the heat of a pennant race.
Cardinals: They've won seven of eight, including a three-game sweep of the Braves last weekend. Their playoff chances remain a serious longshot, particularly with Matt Holliday possibly missing the remainder of the season with a finger injury. But St. Louis is at least making things mildly interesting.
Diamondbacks: Their magic number to clinch the West is six. Ian Kennedy, whom many of you have dismissed as a Cy Young contender, is 19-4 with a 2.99 ERA. The D-Backs are 23-8 in his starts this season. By comparison, the Phils are 23-7 in Roy Halladay's 30 starts. Since the All-Star break, Kennedy is 10-1 with a 2.26 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.
Giants: Better luck next year.