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Predict Clinch Day

I don't believe in superstition.  Never have.  Never will.  So I'll just say it:  Sometime in the next few weeks, the Phillies are going to win the NL East for the third time in a row.

The big question is when.  Right now, the Phils have 17 games left and are 7.5 up on the Braves and 8 up on the Marlins.  Here are the remaining schedules for each team:

Phillies:  at Braves (3), at Marlins (3), at Brewers (4), Astros (4), Marlins (3)

Marlins:  at Reds (3), Phillies (3), Mets (3), at Braves (3), at Phillies (3)

Braves:  Phillies (3), at Mets (3), at Nationals (3), Marlins (3), Nationals (4)

The Phils' magic number stands at 10 for the Braves and 9 for the Marlins. So when do they clinch?

My prediction is they clinch on the last day of their 10-game road trip -- in Milwaukee on Sunday the 27th.  I'd love for it to happen a day later at home on Monday the 28th against the Astros, or better yet Tuesday the 29th when I'll be at the game, but I don't think it'll take that long.  (Nor would that be a good thing, as we all know the Phillies can't beat the Astros.)

What's your prediction?