The last time the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers were preparing to open a series, both clubs were rolling toward a division title.
That's definitely not the case this time.
Roy Halladay will try to give the Phillies back-to-back home wins for the first time in nearly a month in Monday night's series opener against the struggling Brewers.
When the Phillies headed to Milwaukee to open a September series, there was talk of a potential NLCS matchup between these teams as Philadelphia was well on its way to a fifth straight NL East crown and the Brewers were eyeing their first division title since 1982.
There's no reason for playoff conversation heading into this three-game set as Philadelphia (42-54) is last in the division and Milwaukee (44-50) is a season-high 10 12 back of the Central lead.
The Phillies' staggering dropoff from 2011 can largely be attributed to injuries to Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Halladay (4-5, 3.96 ERA), but even though all three are back, ...