After last night's tough, 3-2 loss to the Braves and wins by the Mets and Brewers, the Phils edge against both teams shrunk by a game. The magic numbers to clinch either a playoff berth or the National League East remained at 3 and 4 games, respectively.
A win tonight against the Braves is essential to ease some of the pressure off the final weekend series against the last-place Washington Nationals.
The Phillies control their playoff destiny. But in the past few years, they seem to play better when they are the chaser, rather than the chasee. Let's hope that's not the case this year.