For the last couple of seasons, the attitude towards Philadelphia Phillies baseball has been "World Series or bust." Anything other than a victory in the Fall Classic is considered a drastic disappointment, so can you imagine what the attitude towards Phillies baseball would be if the club missed the postseason entirely in 2012?
I can. It would be an ugly situation.
There's no reason the Phillies should be in a position to miss the postseason. No excuses. Sure, they've had their share of injuries, but with a payroll just shy of $175 million, this should be a club with depth in multiple positions, and right now, it's not.
This is a payroll chock-full of former All-Stars failing to live up to their reputations, under-performing veterans, and even a few rookies who have yet to cut their teeth. One thing is certain: They don't resemble the contender that a lot of pundits picked to win the National League East before Opening Day.
The Phillies have the talent to turn this ship around, but what if they don't? If the Phillies fail to make the postseason this year, there will be serious repercussions moving forward, and depending upon their level of failure, things could get ugly for this club before the postseason even comes into focus.
Missing the playoffs could be big trouble for this club. Here's why.