Originally posted on Philliedelphia  |  Last updated 9/24/12
It was the All-Star break, and Ryan Howard and Chase Utley had just came back for the Phillies. Neither looked totally healthy, and in fact for Howard, that still holds true. The team was 37-50. They were in last place. There would be no pennant race. There wouldn't even be meaningful baseball. Today, the Phillies are 77-76, and five games out of the second Wild Card. That i'm writing this is kind of amazing. It's surprising that they got back into the playoff hunt, and that they got to .500, let alone three games over on Friday. Unfortunately, it's time to be real- they're not going to play in the playoffs. The Cardinals will probably sweep the Astros this week, and then the Phillies will play a road trip in Miami and Washington that means nothing. That's the simple reality now. The Phillies gave away any real playoff hopes in Houston, and Atlanta ended that discussion this weekend. The Phillies will not make six straight post-seasons. The goal now is 82 wins, which takes a 5-4 finish.
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