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Losing five games in a row means that the Phillies' paths to the postseason are getting increasingly narrow and very very unlikely. Jimmy Rollins' next double will put him in a tie as the Phillies' all-time leader.
- Playoff Scenarios - Phillies Hitters - Phillies Team Stats vs. 2012 - NL Standings and team stats - Upcoming Milestones
The sweep in St. Louis means that the Phillies' path to the postseason boils down to this (or something very much like it):
1) Play .650 ball in the last 60 games
2) either : a) Atlanta continues playing .500 ball (for the Division) OR b) either Pittsburgh or Cincinnati tanks (for the Wildcard)
Phillies' splits since 2007:
After starting the year 13-2, Atlanta is 44-43 since April 19th, and they would need to go 30-30 the rest of the way (in addition to the Phils going 39-21).
The Wildcard is looking even less likely, as either Pittsburgh or Cincinnati would need to fall off a cliff.
This now includes a comparison of each player's OPS to the NL average OPS at that position (from baseball-reference.com).
So, for example, Brown's OPS is 20% higher than his OPS in 2010-2012, 8% higher than the average pre-season projection, and 11% higher than the average OPS for NL leftfielders this year:
Phillies Team Stats vs. 2012
Pitching and Defense
NL Standings and Team Stats
Milestones that may be reached over the next week or so...
Jimmy Rollins - Rollins' next double (21st) will tie Ed Delahanty as the Phillies' all-time leader, with 442. - 3 more RBIs (34 this year) will tie Pat Burrell for 8th most in Phils history at 827. - 5 more extra base hits (31 total) will make him only the 8th shortstop in baseball history to reach 750 in his career. - He also needs 2 more home runs to reach 200, becoming the 10th Phillie to do so. That will make Rollins just the 9th player (and only shortstop) in MLB history to have 2,000 hits, 400 stolen bases, and 200 home runs.
Chase Utley - Utley's next HBP (4th) will pass Brady Anderson for sole possession of 19th all-time, at 155.
Cole Hamels - Hamels' next win (5th) will tie Jack Taylor (1892-97) for 9th on the Phils' all-time list. - He needs to pitch 10 more innings (144 for the year) to tie Jim Bunning for 10th most in Phils' history.
Cliff Lee - Lee needs 2 2/3 innings to reach 2,000 for his career. He'll become the 23rd active pitcher to reach that level.
Charlie Manuel - Manuel has 996 career wins, and 4 more will make him the 59th manager in MLB history to win 1,000 games. Out of those 59 managers, his .552 winning percentage will be the 16th highest.
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