Technically the Phillies could win the National League East while they are in Houston. If the Phillies sweep and the Braves are swept, then the Division is theirs on Wednesday… But that’s pretty unlikely.
Sunday’s loss is nothing more then that. One loss after six great wins. The Phillies swept Atlanta and took three of four from a good team in Milwaukee. These two teams are very likely going to make the it to the Postseason, and winning six of seven with Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, and Ryan Howard playing very little is a huge deal. Our pitching did what they do, and kept the game in reach.
Do I think that the Phillies will sweep in Houston? Yes. I do.
Do I think that the Braves will be swept in Florida? No, I don’t.
The most likely scenario is that the Phillies will probably clinch this Thursday or Friday at home. The Phillies are playing well, but are pretty banged up, and the bullpen looks tired. I’d like to see them get healthy and play out their last few games tough in preparation for October.
I don’t care how many wins they rack up at the end of the season. They will only be the best Phillies team in Phillies history if they cap it off with a title at the end of October.