The Phils were outmatched by the rising Braves this weekend and have gone 6-12 against their southern rivals this season.
Beerleaguer: We're talking about a division where the Nationals have suddenly remade themselves into a 100-win team (they'll need to finish 8-2 to accomplish that), while the Braves are on pace to finish with the most wins since 2004; they have nine games left and are still gunning for a pennant. These improvements are real with long-term possibilities. The Nats, who are the second-youngest team in the league with an average age of 27.2, went from a rotation of Jason Marquis-type nobodies to having multiple Cy Young contenders. Atlanta, a blend of codgers and youth who work out to an average age of 28.4, has done a better job of withstanding injuries and inconsistency than the Phils. For years, the Braves had no bullpen. Now, it's their greatest strength, and it's really the only differentiator separating them from the Phillies, aside from their average age of 31.2, which is the oldest in baseball.