Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox watches his team play the New York Mets in the first inning of their MLB National League baseball game in New York, September 17, 2010. Cox, who has his team competing with the Philadelphia Phillies for the Eastern Division lead in the final weeks of the season, has announce he will retire at season's end. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
The Phils Hope To Beat Atlanta In Upcoming Series
The recent streak of Phillies wins has been great to propel the team back into first place with gusto. The Phillies have been piling up the runs lately, and there looks like there is no end in sight to all of the good things that are happening.
Runs and Wins A Plenty In September
|Date||vs.Team||Runs Scored & Outcome|
|9/1/10||@Dodgers||5 (5-1) W|
|9/2/10||@Rockies||12 (12-11) W|
|9/3/10||Brewers||1 (1-0) W|
|9/4/10||Brewers||5 (5-4) W|
|9/5/10||Brewers||2 (2-6) L|
|9/6/10||Marlins 1st||1 (1-7) L|
|9/6/10||Marlins 2nd||7 (7-4) W|
|9/7/10||Marlins||8 (8-7) W|
|9/8/10||Marlins||10 (10-6) W|
|9/10/10||@Mets||8 (8-4) W|
|9/11/10||@Mets||3 (3-4) L|
|9/12/10||@Mets||3 (3-0) W|
|9/13/10||@Marlins||11 (11-4) W|
|9/14/10||@Marlins||2 (2-1) W|
|9/15/10||@Marlins||10 (10-5) W|
|9/17/10||Nationals||9 (9-1) W |
The Phillies must approach the games with the Braves like the ‘are’ the playoffs, in order to win this division, they will have to take the series with Atlanta now and at the end of the season to win it. If the Phillies stumble just a bit against Atlanta at home, it could open the door for them to climb back into the chase for first place. Right now, the Braves are leading the wild card race, but it is still very close in that race also.
In the NL West, the Giants and Padres are going to duel this out to the end, but the surging team to watch out for there is the Rockies. Colorado looked out of it in the last couple of weeks, but now are suddenly right on the doorstep of the Giants and Padres. The Colorado Rockies have turned in an 8-2 record in the last 10 prior to tonight’s game. This too will mess with the wild card chase, so the Wild Card is still very much up for grabs.
There’s nothing like September and October baseball, the heat of the summer is gone and the teams in the hunt for the playoffs really make it an interesting time for the fan of the game.
Sunday it will be ‘Big Joe’ Blanton on the mound for the Phillies. He needs to go out on the mound and have a great outing. The Phillies stepped up and resigned him, and now it’s his turn to pay that back on the field. It’s going to feel different at the park on Sunday, it’s going to start to feel like playoff baseball. Only two more home Sunday games remain.