MLB Playoffs: Do the Philadelphia Phillies Still Have a Chance?

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Just a few days ago, the Philadelphia Phillies were on a roll, only three games back in the NL Wild Card race, but now is it too late?

After losing two straight series to division rivals and with a very tough schedule ahead to finish up the regular season, Philadelphia is now five games back and there are several good teams ahead of them in the Wild Card race. The Phillies are running out of time and it might already be too late.

Over the past week or so, the Phillies have been and currently are one of the hottest teams in baseball. Their pitching has been dominant, several players are stepping up and their offense has been over-powering the Phillies’ opponents. Philadelphia is now coming back and winning games unlike earlier in the season, which is a great sign.

A big question though is how will Roy Halladay perform for the rest of the season and possibly the playoffs? Lately, he has been struggling after coming back from an injury. In his last outing against the Atlanta Braves, he went 1 and 2/3 innings, giving up five hits on seven runs. This is definitely a concern for Phillies fans as the season is coming to the close. If “Doc” can bounce back and perform like we all know he can, then that will be a huge positive for this team.

To finish out the rest of the 2012 regular season, the Phillies will be going up against the Washington Nationals in a three-game series, then the Miami Marlins and then the Nationals again. For the Phillies to make the playoffs, they need to win every game possible for the rest of the season and get a little help from the teams above them in the standings. It’s possible, but it might be too late.

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