Salvaging the Week

Brad Lidge and Co. will try to make you forget about last night's Eagles loss.

The Eagles lost. I know, it sucks. But maybe, just maybe, the Phillies can help you forget about your post-Monday Night Football depression with a strong week this week in Atlanta and Florida.

I figure the Phillies are competing with three other teams for a postseason berth: the Mets in the NL East and the Brewers (sans Ned Yost) and Astros in the NL wild card. Here is a look at the remaining schedules for the Phillies, Mets, Brewers and Houston Astros, who are 2 1/2 games behind the Phils and Brewers in the wild-card race:

Phillies (12 games): They play six on the road this week against the Braves and Marlins, and finish the season with six at home against the Braves and Washington Nationals. The Marlins are the only team with a winning record. The Phillies are 10-2 against the Braves, 9-6 against the Nationals and 6-9 against the Marlins.

Mets (13): The Mets play six on the road this week against the Nats and Braves. They finish with seven games at home against the Chicago Cubs and Marlins. The Mets are 10-4 against the Nationals, 9-6 against the Marlins, 6-9 against the Braves and 0-2 against the Cubs.

Brewers (12): The Brewers look like the '07 Mets, so now is not the time to have the toughest schedule of these four teams. But that's exactly what they have. (And a new manager after firing Yost yesterday.) They play six on the road this week against the Cubs and Cincinnati Reds before they finish with six at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cubs. The Brewers are 4-6 against the Cubs, 7-8 against the Reds and 11-1 against the Pirates.

Astros (13): The Astros played a "home" game for the second consecutive day yesterday against the Cubs at Miller Park in Milwaukee, losing to the Cubs. They open a three-game series tonight in Florida and continue their road trip with three games this weekend against the Pirates. The Astros finish with seven at Minute Maid Park: three against the Reds, three against the Braves, and a makeup game against the Cubs. General manager Ed Wade's Astros are 2-1 against the Marlins, 6-7 against the Pirates, 10-2 against the Reds, 1-2 against the Braves and 9-7 against the Cubs.