A half-dozen games to go and the wild card race is still a dandy.
For the Phillies, the scene shifts to RFK Memorial Stadium tonight, the first of three night games. Among NL teams, only the Mets (43-32) have won more games on the road than the Phillies (41-34).
The Phillies have used their success on the road to get into the race. Since the July 31 trade deadline, they are 19-10 away from home.
A year ago, the Phillies ended the season in Washington, sweeping the Nationals in a three-game series only to fall one game shy of the wild card berth.
Jimmy Rollins, ss
Shane Victorino, cf
Chase Utley, 2b
Ryan Howard, 1b
Jeff Conine, rf
Pat Burrell, lf
Mike Lieberthal, c
Abraham Nunez, 3b
Brett Myers, p
Here’s an interesting note from Elias Sports Bureau: Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley are the first National League double play combination to hit at least 25 home runs each. The Boston Red Sox did it twice in the American League. In 1948, 2B Bobby Doerr hit 27; SS Vern Stephens, 29. The same two did it again in 1950, Doerr (27 again) and Stephens (30).
Thanks to the fans! The Phillies drew 2,701,815, the third highest attendance season in team history. Phillies passion has been at a fever pitch.
For those fans sprinkled around the country, FOX has selected Saturday’s game in Dolphins Stadium as a national telecast. Game time will be 1:25 p.m.