Anything short of a sweep of the Mets this past weekend was going to put the Phillies in an unenviable position for the final three weeks of the season. Disaster did not strike, and they managed to slip out of Shea having gained a game in the standings. But the facts are the facts: with 19 games to play, they are two games out, with no head-to-head match-ups remaining.
It comes down to this: the Phillies must win two more games than the Mets down the stretch.
That might sound easy, but when you look at the respective schedules of the two teams, you realize what's at stake. If the Mets play at their current winning percentage, they'll win 11 of their 19, meaning the Phils would have to win 13 of 19. That means they'd have to win all six of their remaining series.
Here is a breakdown of the final 21 days of the season, starting with today.
Both teams have a pair of off days remaining. The Mets have two this week -- Today and Thursday -- before finishing the season with 17 games in 17 days. The Phillies' remaining off days are next Monday and Thursday, Sept. 25.
Head-to-head Remaining Schedules, Phillies and Mets
Phillies. . . . . Mets
1. Marlins. . . . . .Off
2. Marlins. . . . . .Nationals
3. Marlins. . . . . .Nationals
4. Brewers. . . . . Off
5. Brewers. . . . . Braves
6. Brewers. . . . . Braves
7. Brewers. . . . . Braves
8. Off . . . . . . . . at Washington
9. at Braves. . . . at Washington
10. at Braves. . . at Washington
11. at Braves. . . at Washington
12. at Marlins. . .at Braves
13. at Marlins. . .at Braves
14. at Marlins. . .at Braves
15. Braves. . . . .Cubs
16. Braves. . . . .Cubs
17. Braves. . . . .Cubs
18. Off. . . . . . . .Cubs
19. Nationals. . . Marlins
20. Nationals. . . .Marlins
21. Nationals. . . .Marlins