The good news is that the Phillies don't have to play the Mets or Marlins again until the end of the month.
That could mean smooth sailing for much of August.
The Phillies just can't beat their National League East rivals. They are 4-9 against the Mets and 5-7 against the Marlins, including yesterday's 3-0 loss to the Fish at Citizens Bank Park. They are 9-16 (.360) against those two teams, but 55-36 (.604) against everybody else.
They don't play the Mets or Marlins again until they play the Mets in a two-game series Aug. 26-27 at the Bank. The bad news is that they play those two teams 11 times in their final 31 games. That could mean a lot in a NL East race that could go down until the final day of the season again. But after that two-game series against the Mets, the Phillies play four at Wrigley Field against the Cubs, who are 43-16 at home. They play three on the road against the Nationals, which shouldn't be a problem, but then play 10 consecutive games against the Mets, Marlins and Brewers (a four-game series against the Brew Crew, which means there's a pretty good chance they'll be facing CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets).