The passing of Monday signified the Phillies last off day of the season. They won't get another breather until October 5th. 14 games remain between now and then with a doubleheader slated for today. With an 8 game lead on both the Florida Marlins (who they play today) and the Atlanta Braves the postseason seems well within the realm of reality.
Game 1 @ 4:10: Joe Blanton (10-7, 3.97) vs. Josh Johnson (15-4, 3.01)
Game 2 @ 8:10: Jamie Moyer (12-9, 5.05) vs. Anibal Sanchez (2-7, 4.50)
Blanton and Moyer are a combined 16-4 against the Fish with a 2.98 ERA over 124 innings. The duo of Johnson and Sanchez are 4-5 with a 5.10 ERA in 67 innings when facing the Phils (most of that being Anibal's fault).
The question is- just how big are these games? If the Phils are swept in this 3-game/2-day series then it would get a bit scary with only a 5 game lead and still 3 more games against Florida later on. However, winning just 1 game would assure that the Marlins get no closer than 7 games, and a 2 game difference is huge at this stage of the season.
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