Barring a 3-game sweep of the New York Mets this weekend, the Phillies shot at the post-season is over.
Losing 2 of 3 games to the Washington Nationals, the worst team in the league, while the Mets were sweeping the Brewers in Milwaukee, left the Phillies 3 games behind the Mets with just 22 games to play.
The Phillies can't expect the Mets to collapse like they did last year, when they blew a 7 1/2 game lead with 17 games to play.
The bullpen, the Phillies strength for most of the season, has blown several games over the last month. Chad Durbin, above in an Associated Press photo, has been the culprit in many of those losses. Meanwhile, the Mets' bullpen, much maligned and without All-Star closer Billy Wagner, seems to have righted itself.
And every Phillies fan knows how woeful the offense has been since the All-Star Break.
I hope I'm wrong, but unless the Phillies can muster up a sweep this weekend, another baseball season will end in disappointment.
Oh well. At least the Eagles open Sunday. E-A-G-L-E-S!!!!