The Phillies hung on for an ugly but huge win last night against the Miami Marlins, assuring themselves they would not lose any ground in the hunt for the final National League Wild Card spot. Catching the Atlanta Braves is probably asking too much so it is all about the last possible playoff spot this September, and things continue to go the way the Phillies have needed.
Last night out on the west coast the Los Angeles Dodgers were shutout by the Arizona Diamondbacks (themselves now five games out of the last wild card spot) 1-0, an the St. Louis Cardinalls were dropped for a second straight day by the San Diego Padres, 6-4. That puts the Phillies, now the hottest team in the National League playoff hunt just four games back.
It is still a lot to ask but with over half of September remaining this has become far from impossible, and if the Phillies can manage to pull off the sweep of Miami Wednesday afternoon this team should feel very good about what they are doing. They are due for a loss though, but if they can find a way to be three or four games back by this time next week, this should be very interesting.