Kyle Kendrick starts the series opener against the Nationals. (Philliedelphia/Kevin Durso)
For a season with so much turmoil and disappointment, today may be the high point of the season so far. The Phillies are in sole possession of third place for the first time since April 12, six games into the season. They are working on a month with a winning record, something they haven't done since May.
But if they want to keep both of those going strong, they will have to beat a tough Nationals' team who has just found a way to win lately.
The Nationals have lost six games in August, one to the Phillies on August 1, and haven't lost a series all month - if you don't count the Phillies winning two of three from the Nats in a series that started on July 31. That includes an eight-game winning streak in the middle of the month, and a recent series win against the Atlanta Braves.
How are they doing it? A lot of it is luck, especially if you saw the way they won on Monday night in the 13...