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No one wants to win the NL East

Sep 6, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

The Phillies have slowly — very slowly — closed the gap between themselves and the Braves over the past month or so, but most of the time it seems like the Braves and Phillies either both win or both lose most days.

Today: the Phillies got rocked by the Marlins, with Adalberto Mendez limiting them to one hit over six innings in his major league debut. The Phillies finished the game with three hits, continuing their recent offensive futility. The Braves — trotting out their young ace Tommy Hanson and facing the worst team in baseball — outhit the Pirates, but left oodles of runners on base on their way to a 3-1 loss.

Philly plays a doubleheader today so they have a chance to gain a half game tonight. But really, the way these two teams have been rolling lately, they’re going to be stuck together until the final weekend of the season when — theoretically anyway — someone has to win the division. 

  1. Old Gator - Sep 6, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    Well, the Feelies appear to have solved Anibal Sanchez in the second inning of game 2 and lead 5-3 in the fifth. The Feesh have unleashed their scrubeenies and rookies in Game 2, Logan Morrison is playing with a bifurcated universe, and Dan Uggla is having all kinds of problems with that “Happens-Every-Spring” wood repellent that Roy Oswalt keeps rubbing on his pitches. So, it looks like….uh-oh, Cameron Maybin just crushed one and it’s 5-4.
    The Iron Giant has crushed a pair today himself, and seems to be getting back the timing and pitch selectivity that celebrated his player of the week award two weeks ago by taking a vacation at the Sandals in Bhutan.
    I leave the Feesh and the Feelies to their destiny and head out for Ramadan dinner. Then, come home and settle in and watch the Padres flirt with oblivion in Tinseltown.

  2. Jaysus - Sep 7, 2010 at 7:05 AM

    The Phillies and Braves still have to play 6 games against each other this year… both can’t win or lose on those days.

  3. Jonny5 - Sep 7, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    I think two teams want to win the division very badly. And Good ole Charlie says it best when asked about it after the win last night. ” You might as well try predicting what a huricane will do next, we have to worry about winning games and the rest will work itself out.”

  4. Jonny5 - Sep 7, 2010 at 9:07 AM

    It’s a beautiful thing…. a huge series coming up soon. Actually from here on out, every series is huge, but against the Braves, it’s really going to count. I can’t wait. These two old fart managers are competing for NL manager of the year I think.

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