Coming off a seven-game road trip that saw the Philadelphia Phillies finish with a 5-2 record and just five games out of first place in the very winnable NL East, the team now enters an eight-game homestand that could very well determine the future of the franchise. No pressure.
The hard truth is that the rest of the season and the careers of several members of this Phillies team could be decided by the time the Jun. 29 game against the Atlanta Braves ends. All eight games are against division rivals (the Miami Marlins and the Braves) and if the Phillies want to have any chance of remaining competitive in the run-up to the All-Star break, they have to finish this homestand with a winning record. It’s really that simple.
If the Phillies can come away with a record of 6-2 or even 5-3, the case can still be made to leave the team in one piece to see if they can continue to win. With the division so weak, there would be a good chance that the Phillies could be only a few games out of first place come the break and really catch fire after the All-Star Game.
If, however, they can’t figure out a way to get some Ws during this important stretch of games, especially at home in Citizens Bank Park, it may be time to pull the plug and have a sale the likes of which Philadelphia hasn’t seen in years.
Luckily, these are some very winnable games the organization has before them. The Phillies have already swept the Marlins back in April, and the Fish have been horrible away from Marlins Park this season. They just finished a sweep of the Braves less than a week ago that you can be sure will be fresh on their minds. So the Phillies have shown they know how to beat these teams already — now they just have to do it when it counts.
The Phillies decided to get hot at just the right time, and it’s starting to pay off. This upcoming homestand is a chance to show it wasn’t a fluke and that this Phillies team should be taken seriously as a threat in the NL East. Otherwise, it will be time to put a big “For Sale” sign on the clubhouse door.
Check out the Phillies’ schedule for the upcoming homestand and grab tickets to see them live in action!