To make an incredibly long story short: The Philadelphia Phillies have been an interesting team this season.
After the heart of their order and their ace, amongst a slew of other injured players, spent time on the disabled list this season, the Phillies all but fell out of postseason contention.
They traded Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence and gave a paltry look on the rest of the 2012 season. For all intents and purposes, this year was over. Two All-Stars were heading west and none were coming back to the City of Brotherly Love.
Well, not through a trade, anyway.
The Phillies would eventually activate Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Roy Halladay from the disabled list and even more reinforcements would soon follow.
They battled through the month of August and suddenly found themselves in a position that felt somewhat familiar. It was the same spot that the St. Louis Cardinals were in last season before they vanquished the Phillies from the postseason.
All of a sudden, there was hope. Hope at a miraculous run towards the postseason.
But in fitting fashion for the Phillies this season, an incredibly bad loss with contributions from guys like Jonathan Papelbon and Kevin Frandsen seemed to dash that measly ounce of hope rather quickly.
Now, the Phillies find themselves trying to make a comeback that would make the Cardinals' run in 2011 look insignificant.
Here's what they need to do to salvage the season.