Nineteen of the Phillies' remaining 34 games come against the worst teams in the league: the Mets, Marlins, Astros and Rockies. The other 15 come against Atlanta, Washington and Cincinnati, a favorable set-up for a minor miracle.
"The Beerleaguer conversation has shifted, over the last week or so, from making funeral arrangements for this season (i.e. draft picks if we tank the remaining games, trade everybody, fire everybody ) to checking the body one more time for a pulse. We aren't in a pennant race just yet, but there's still a little life left in '12. Might as well hang around and see what happens." - Bubba
"I came to Beerleaguer this morning to post something very similar. As much of a long shot as it is, they can really make up ground when they play those 19 games. And as Pblunts pointed out: '…we should at least pay attention until the 7.5 with 17 to play mark.' Stranger things have happened." - R. Billingsly
"So given recent Phillies history, we should at least pay attention until the 7.5 with 17 to play mark (referring to overtaking the Mets in 2007). But still too many teams to pass when before there was one. I'm not a Cholly guy so take this in context, but I think we end up close enough to the wild card to look back on the seson and wonder about those 10+ games where our $50M closer sat on the bench during those tied road games." - Pblunts
"9.5 GB in the WC? No chance. If they were sitting where Arizona is (6.5 GB), they might have a chance. Just too many good teams to climb over in such a short time span including the Braves, Cards, and Dodgers." - MG
"What people forget about 7.5 with 17 to play in 2007: Phils took the lead within 15 games, and also had caught up in the Wild Card race against everyone else who was involved with that, but the WC didn't matter since the Mets choked away the division." - EastFallowField