And as it says in the disclaimer: ‘Objects are closer than they appear.’
With the Wild Card deficit cut to four, the collective rut of those ahead of them has become as much of a story as the Phillies’ own surge. Aside from the streaking Brewers, everyone made way Tuesday. I’d like to think the Phils are indirectly responsible for that and teams are starting to play scared. It’s one reason it’s so hard to take these playoff percentages seriously. ESPN lists the odds at three percent, yet Tuesday’s win, the Phillies’ sixth straight, became a day when they not only reached the .500 marker, but have many people believing they have a real shot at this, including this observer. It's a different team. They’re loose, they're working with a favorable schedule. They’re loaded.
And one can only assume the rest of the league knows it.