Well, this wasn't how they drew it up. Anyone who predicted that the Philadelphia Phillies would be dead last in the National League East and double digits out of first place should be standing in line waiting to buy a lottery ticket right about now.
The Phillies came into the regular series as the division's favorites, and they're ending the first half at rock bottom, looking up at each and every team in the NL East. They can barely see the Washington Nationals from this far back.
They're a team heading into the All-Star break on their last leg, having lost all three of their last three series, all three of which were against NL East teams, two of which were sweeps at the hands of the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves.
Where does this team go from here?
If you're an optimist, they can only go up. With Ryan Howard and Chase Utley finally back in the lineup, they'll make one last run at clawing their way back into the race, but it'll be against tough teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and Braves.
It won't be easy. In fact, it'll be next to impossible.
But the second half will surely be one to follow for the Phillies, no doubt. Here are some bold predictions about what you can expect out of the Phillies during the second half.