Some say it’s too late, the Phillies have had their chance and have let it slip away. The team couldn’t win when it needed it most. That’s been the story all summer long with this team, many months ago, it was said, ‘It’s early’ – well it’s early no more.
The Phils are a whole 4.0 GB in the wild card race, and that’s not a good place to be at this point. The Mets have faltered also, and they are a game behind the Phillies. The Nationals, Cubs, and Diamondbacks are all surging at the right time.
The New York Mets have been battling the same things that the Phillies have, a shaky bullpen and a quiet offense at times, with the Mets I think it’s been more of a shaky bullpen. They had a big lead the other night against the Nats and gave it up in the last of the 9th.
For the top teams in the divisions all around baseball, it’s simple the better teams are winning in bunches, the Braves last 10 games they are 8-2, it’s the same with St. Louis 7-3 and the Dodgers have been doing ok, but the Diamondbacks are 9-1 in the last 10.
Better teams find a way to win, and they stick to it, not winning 2 and losing 3 and winning 3 and losing 4, that is the kind of stuff that the Phillies have done. They just haven’t displayed themselves as a playoff team. Yes, if they happen to get lucky to get in, that’s all they need to do, but you don’t get a good feeling about that, they are not dealing from a position of strength.
Here’s how the the probable starter Steven Matz and the Mets with his starts have done so far: (Matz is extremely tough at home)