Phils For Reals or Pretends?

The Phillies are 28-20 and a half a game up in the NL East.  Everything seems bright and peachy, does it not?  Of course, looking at it a bit more, there are plenty of things to be concerned about.  First and formost is that the Phils aren't the best team in the division right now and are clearly very lucky to be in first place.

I am not even going to touch on their awful, second from the worst team ERA or the fact their leadoff hitter is Ortizian right now.  I am going to look at their schedule. 

Opponent
Split W L RS RA WP
ATL 2 4 27 35 .333
CIN 2 1 17 13 .667
COL 2 1 18 19 .667
FLA 4 2 36 23 .667
LAD 1 2 10 17 .333
MIL 1 2 13 13 .333
NYM 1 3 15 20 .250
NYY 2 1 15 11 .667
SDP 1 2 17 20 .333
STL 2 0 16 8 1.000
WSN 10 2 83 66 .833

10 wins against the worst team in the league.  The Phillies are 18-18 against the rest of their competition.  The most troubling part is that they are a combined 3-7 against the Braves and Mets, whom will make up the bulk of their games played over the rest of the year.  It's great to beat up on bad teams.  That is what they are there for.  But if you can't beat the good teams, you'll end up like all the Phillies teams in the early 2000s, with 86 wins and not in the playoffs.

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