Saturday, August 1, 2015

Phillies Chasing the Bar

Some 162-game marks Phils can aim for.

Phillies Chasing the Bar

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(Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
(Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Even though they lost two of three to the Nationals this weekend and are 4-4 over the last eight games, the Phillies' record (81-44) is still outstanding.

Here is what they would need to do down the stretch to match some significant 162-game marks:

       Record    Need To Go
Phillies 1980 World Series Champions 91-71   10-27
Phillies 2008 World Series Champions 92-70 11-26
Phillies 2010 Record 97-65 16-21
Last NL Team with 100 Wins (2005 Cardinals)     100-62 19-18
Phillies Most Wins in a Season (1977,1978) 101-61 20-17
Most Wins MLB Since 2004 (2009 Yankees) 103-59 22-15
Most Wins MLB Since 2001 (2004 Cardinals) 105-57 24-13
Most Wins NL Since 1987 (1998 Braves) 106-56 25-12
1986 Mets, 1975 Reds 108-54 27-10
1998 Yankees 114-48 33-  4
2001 Mariners 116-46 35-  2
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