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"Two out of three ain't bad", our Erik Seybold wrote on our Facebook page Baseball Talk: Philadelphia right after the Phillies lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday afternoon. In normal circumstances, that may be true. But this is the 2012 Phillies.
To win two out of three all season long, the end result would be 108 wins. A team winning 108 has not happened since the 1975 Cincinnati Reds. If the Phillies win two out of three the rest of the way, will it be enough? The numbers suggest that it's not.
The Phillies sit at 41-52 through 93 games played. That means that only 69 games remain. a nice multiple of three. So if the Phillies were to win two out of three of those, they would need to finish the season 46-23, a very ambitious mark. Do the math, and that would give the Phillies a final record of 87-75. Is that enough?
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The last place Phillies have a dilemma on their hands. Even with the returns of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, coupled with the upcoming return of Roy Halladay, the Phillies chances of making the playoffs are slim. On top of that, they have quite a few contracts that will make it hard for the team to improve in the off-season.
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Final: Phillies 3, Dodgers 2
WP: Kyle Kendrick (3-8, 4.71 ERA)
LP: Ronald Belisario (3-1, 2.18 ERA)
SV: Jonathan Papelbon (21 Saves, 3.00 ERA)
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