My sports editor dropped me an email yesterday while I was sitting in the press box at Petco Park. Attached was an image of the NL East standings clipped from the paper a week ago. It showed the Phillies two games ahead of the Mets in the division. They were coming off two wins in three games against the Pirates and were embarking on a seven-game West Coast trip.
Well, all that has changed.
As I prepare to board my flight to Philly, the Phils are two games back. They've hit under .200 for the road trip. They only managed to score six runs in a three-game series against the lowly Padres.
Somehow, they won two of three.
Time for a sense of urgency? After this three-game series against the Nationals, 20 of the next 23 are against some of the top contenders in the National League: Dodgers, Cubs, Mets, Marlins, Brewers.