And that's not just the fate of the team as it pertains to the playoff race.
With Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, several Phillies could be in a new uniform depending on the outcome of this crucial three-game set with the Wild Card leading Braves. First pitch is 7:35 with newly signed left-hander Cole Hamels on the bump in his first start since inking a six-year extension. Juan Pierre is in left and hits seventh, meaning Laynce Nix waits another day for his first start in months. Mike Fontenot slots in at third and bats eighth. Infielder Kevin Frandsen had his contract selected from Triple-A Lehigh Valley this afternoon. Frandsen, who appeared in 54 games with the Angels in 2010 and has spent parts of five seasons in the majors overall, was hitting .302/.337/.396 from the right side, with one homer and 34 doubles, playing mostly second base, which is his natural position.
The Phils are opposed by Ben Sheets, who hasn't allowed a run in his only two starts with Atlanta. In terms of the hot stove, one gets a sense the Phils will wait until the 11th hour to decide whether they're buying or selling. They've reportedly been thwarted by two clubs - the Reds and Pirates - in attempts to trade Shane Victorino for a reliever.