The Philadelphia Phillies wanted their name in the mix for the National League East from Spring Training. Early on it didn’t work out that way but now they find themselves in second place facing a Milwaukee Brewers team that has played okay but certainly below potential so far in 2013. The Thursday night game wasn’t close as the Phillies proved they are playing well enough to stay in second place. But are they good enough to run down the Atlanta Braves?
While the Brewers don’t really look to be a team to challenge in the NL Central, the Phillies could have some success against the Braves or possibly go after the wildcard lead with a good few summer months. They finally overtook the Washington Nationals and I believe they are hitting their stride. It might be a tad late to catch the Braves but then again it only takes one good winning streak to cut down that lead.
Five runs were plenty to win the game against the Brewers and take their winning streak to five games. They might have a chance to gain some ground on the Braves as the Braves are on the road on the west coast where they tend to have problems. This was a good continuation of their good play of late. While they could move to 6.5 games behind the Braves tonight, they are only 4.5 back in the wildcard. Make no mistake this Phillies team is serious and should be taken very seriously.