The Phillies flirted with having the table run them to close the season before snapping out of an eight-game losing streak with a 9-4 win over the Mets. Thank goodness for Mike Pelfrey!
One victory in more than a week does not ease the concerns mentioned here and roughly 1000 other locations, namely a lack of hitting, a lefty out of the pen and something less tangible but no less important, momentum.
Meanwhile, at least two of their potential post-season adversaries, Milwaukee and St. Louis, have won 7 of their last ten each while the other possible rival, Arizona has won six of ten. The Phils are 2-8 over the same stretch.
At this point in the season many teams are fighting fatigue and injuries, major or nagging. Arizona's Justin Upton took a Tim Lincecum fastball off the helmet yesterday. The Phils are struggling with a lot of walking wounded, perhaps more than most teams, and a generally out-of-sorts feel. They have exactly five days to get their house in order before the playoffs begin.