The Philadelphia Phillies have reached the point where they will be judged on whether they win their last game.
Anything less is unacceptable.
Five straight division titles, two National League championships and one World Series victory have raised expectations to enormous proportions. It's all-or-nothing in Philadelphia, though key injuries may give the Phillies some kind of an excuse this season.
With opening day two weeks away, the Phillies are without their Nos. 3-4 hitters: Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. Howard is recovering from surgery on his left Achilles and may be out until June. Utley has chronic knee problems, and his return is uncertain.
Can the World Series-or-bust Phillies win without the five-time All-Star second baseman and their former MVP first baseman?
''I think it'll be tough, but of course we can win,'' general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. ''We've had bumps in the road like this before. There's not a lot of offense, huh? We have to catch the ball and pitch ...