CINCINNATI — The last time the Phillies were 41 games over .500, they were in this city. It was Aug. 26, 1976. Jim Kaat started, Garry Maddox doubled home the go-ahead run in the 13th inning, and Tug McGraw earned the win.
Only twice in this franchise's 129-year history have the Phillies been 41 games over .500. With a win Thursday, the Phillies can do it a third time.
Incredibly, the Phillies have still played fewer games (132) than any other team in baseball. They still lead the majors in wins (86) and the numbers are becoming staggering:
-- The Phillies can go .500 in the season's final 30 games and still tie the franchise record for wins with 101.
-- The Phillies only need to go 11-19 to equal last season's total of 97 wins.
-- They are currently on pace for 105 wins, which would crush the franchise record. To do that, they must go 19-11 down the stretch.
They'll face Mike Leake (11-8, 4.04) this afternoon. The lineup:
1. Shane Victorino 8
2. Michael Martinez 5
3. Chase Utley 4
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Hunter Pence 9
6. Raul Ibanez 7
7. Brian Schneider 2
8. Wilson Valdez 6
9. Vance Worley 1
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