The Philadelphia Phillies (64-50) are on a bull run!
For all of us, whose favorite teams, dwell in the NL East, I think it's time we all came back to reality and faced the cold-hard fact-- the NL East is Philly's jurisdiction.
Yes, I know the Atlanta Braves (66-48) currently hold a two game lead, but it's just a matter of time before it evaporates on them and the 3-time defending NL East champions take back what we all knew was theirs from the beginning.
And yes our teams gave us some excitement for a few stretches earlier in the season. They even led us to believe that we actually had a chance. The New York Mets made a run. The Florida Marlins made a run. And even the Washington Nationals were in the hunt earlier. But those days of wishful thinking are over.
Those teams are all officially on life support with only the Braves still breathing on their own. And they too are starting to breath mighty heavily--
Since the All-Star break, the Braves are a modest 14-12, while the Phillies have gone 17-10. Modesty isn't going to get the job done for the Braves so its just a matter of time before the Phils run them over also.
There are two things I like about the Phillies, which to me, make them an unstoppable locomotive.
- They know how to win. They lose Jimmy Rollins-- no problem. They lose Chase Utley-- no problem. They lose Ryan Howard-- no problem. They just work around their problems and figure out a way to win. Unlike the friggin Mets who lose their bat boy and the entire team falls apart.
- They are lethal. They first inject their opponents with a dosage of Roy Halladay and follow it up with a dosage of their new concoction, Roy Oswalt. And if that doesn't put opponents out of their misery, they finish them off with Cole Hamels. So beware NL-- that 1-2-3 punch is going to be a tough pill to swallow come playoff time.
In the end, I give the Braves a lot of props for still hanging around.
But if I were a Braves fan, I wouldn't get overly excited because at the end of the day, the NL East is still Philly's world and everyone else is just living in it. No doubt!
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