24 September 2006

Phillies gone wild

Entering the last week of the Major League Baseball season, the Philadelphia Phillies are in control of their own destiny: with 8 games remaining, they lead the Los Angeles Dodgers by 1/2 game in the race for the National League Wild Card. Houston is the next team back at 5 games, so it looks like it will come down to the San Diego Padres (currently leading the National League West), the Phillies, and the Dodgers (who are 1 1/2 games behind the Padres). Two of these three teams will make it in: the NL West winner and then the other team with the best record. The Phillies also won a recent coin toss, meaning they'd be the home team if they and the Dodgers tied for the Wild Card. With the Dodgers losing 12 of their last 20, it is the perfect time for the Phillies to play a strong final week and clinch the Wild Card, which would be their first playoff appearance since advancing to the World Series in 1993!
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