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.
Then again, that may not be a terrible thing. Charlie Manuel's regulars will rest before the playoffs. And his bench players will be sharper with regular at-bats.
"I guarantee you they feel good about themselves," Manuel said of his reserves who capitalized on playing time Thursday.
It's hard not to feel good about yourself if you're involved with the Phillies these days.
The lineup for Game 141:
1. Shane Victorino 8
2. Placido Polanco 5
3. Hunter Pence 9
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Raul Ibanez 7
6. Pete Orr 4
7. Carlos Ruiz 2
8. Wilson Valdez 6
9. Roy Halladay 1
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