MILWAUKEE -- Here is something that should be difficult for Phillies fans of a certain age to grasp: It's the second weekend of September and the Phillies could clinch a postseason berth.
Their magic number to clinch is 4. Depending on what St. Louis and the Phillies do this weekend, the Phillies could leave town guaranteed a postseason spot already.
And then this: The Phillies have 22 games remaining and only six other teams in franchise history have more wins.
|1||1977||Philadelphia Phillies||162||101||61||.623||1st of 6||Lost NLCS (3-1)||847||668||29.4||29.7|
|2||1976||Philadelphia Phillies||162||101||61||.623||1st of 6||Lost NLCS (3-0)||770||557||28.8||29.8|
|3||2010||Philadelphia Phillies||162||97||65||.599||1st of 5||Lost NLCS (4-2)||772||640||31.8||31.1|
|4||1993||Philadelphia Phillies||162||97||65||.599||1st of 7||Lost WS (4-2)||877||740||29.3||28.8|
|5||1899||Philadelphia Phillies||154||94||58||.618||3rd of 12||916||743||26.5||25.5|
|6||2009||Philadelphia Phillies||162||93||69||.574||1st of 5||Lost WS (4-2)||820||709||31.3||31.2|
|7||2011||Philadelphia Phillies||140||92||48||.657||1st of 5||643||456||31.5||29.3|
|8||2008||Philadelphia Phillies||162||92||70||.568||1st of 5||Won WS (4-1)||799||680||30.1||30.6|
|9||1964||Philadelphia Phillies||162||92||70||.568||2nd of 10||693||632||26.8||26.9|
They are on pace for 106 victories, which would crush the franchise mark. Will they get there? It seems like a no-brainer, but the Phillies will play a boatload of meaningless games in September. On many nights, they will field a lineup much like Thursday's bench game.