The Phillies can finish this series with the Braves one half of one game out of first place. They can also finish one and a half games out of first place, which is how they started it. They can NOT finish it 4.5 games out of first place, which would have happened if they had been swept.
Tonight, Jake Arrieta gets the ball for the showdown of the century. Or, the week. Will the Phillies be ALMOST in first place, or only ALMOST, ALMOST in first place in the NL East by the end of the evening? Only time and the Braves’ heinous mojo will tell.