No matter how one slices it, losing three of four to the Cardinals at home does not inspire great confidence.
Yes, yes, the Phils didn't have their regular lineup together, but how often have they had that luxury this season? Keep in mind the Cardinals played the entire series without one of their top players, Matt Holliday.
More telling is that two of the Phils' top three starters were beaten, Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels.
Backing into things after building such a comfortable cushion is the best that can be said for the series just concluded, the first time the Phils dropped a set at home since losing two of three to the Giants in mid-summer.