A month ago I didn't think the Phillies would finish with a winning record this year. Hell, they didn't even win a 3 game series until after the All Star break. They just swept the Rockies and the Fish and are riding a season high 7 game win streak.
Now they are above .500 for the first time since June at 72-71 and just 3 games out of 2nd Wild Card spot. It's a still a long shot to make the playoffs because they need to keep winning and have the teams in front of them lose. Last night all the teams ahead of them cooperated by losing.
Next up on the schedule is a team with worst record in baseball, the Houston Astros, for a 4 game set. As all baseball fans know this series could turn out to be a debacle and end the high hopes.That's why they play the games.