Watching the Phillies recently and you may be inclined to think that they're quite capable of blowing a 5 game lead with 8 games remaining in the season. The bullpen is in shambles, with every pitcher failing in the 9th when given the opportunity or currently unavailable due to injury. The defense is sloppy. The starting pitching is either erratic (Lee) or banged up (Pedro). The top 3 (J-Roll, Vic, & Utley) in the lineup are in a slump (Combined 10-64 over last 5 games). Jayson Werth has 1 hit in his last 24 at bats. To blow this division lead and miss the playoffs would be utterly disgusting and infamously record setting, neither of which I'm hoping to happen. They need just 4 more wins to secure a postseason spot, but just how long is it going to take to get it done?
Today: Joe Blanton vs. Dave Bush in Milwaukee, Derek Lowe vs Livan Hernandez in Washington.