How did we get here?

Jayson Werth had an interesting assessment of the Phillies and where they sit today: "This team is a team of necessity sometimes. If you look back to last year, when we needed to win, we won."

With 12 games remaining, the Phillies are tied for the wild-card lead with Milwaukee after a four-game sweep of the Brewers, and one game behind the Mets in the National League East with nine of their remaining games against a pair of teams who are a combined 59 games under .500. The Phillies are off today, then travel to Atlanta and Florida before concluding the season at home against the Braves and Washington.

They have endured plenty of moments like a series loss to the Marlins last week and a series loss to the Nationals the week before. They have witnessed their four most important regulars endure mind-boggling slumps. They have sent two-fifths of their original starting rotation to the minors. They have been proclaimed on life support or worse more than once.

Yet, somehow, someway they are here, and they have a chance. And that should make for an interesting two weeks.

Meanwhile, things are not looking so good up in New York, as the bullpen struggles are not making anyone forget about the way last season ended.

While the Phillies are off today and also off Sept. 25, the Mets play the rest of the way without an off day. They open a four-game series in Washington tonight, go to Atlanta for three, and then host the Cubs for four and Florida for three to end the season.