Maybe their chances are a bit slimmer after their four-game series loss against the Houston Astros this past weekend, but the Philadelphia Phillies—that series aside—have been as hot as anyone in baseball in the past month.
Since August 17, the Phils have gone 19-6, and before their deadly series against Houston, they had gone 19-3. That's incredible.
Coming off a seven-game winning streak, the Phillies dropped three games to Houston this past weekend, and after climbing back over .500 on Wednesday for the first time since June 4, the Phils have dropped back under just as quickly.
Sitting at 73-74 before play against the New York Mets, the Phils absolutely have a chance to get back over .500, and they certainly have a chance to nab the second NL Wild Card spot—though that will be a much more daunting task.
It's taken a lot for the Phillies to get back to where they sit now. Even though they are still four games shy of a playoff spot and are statistically unable to win their sixth straight NL East division title, the Phils are far from out of anything.
Had you asked me on August 17 when the Phillies were 54-65, I would've still thrown out any hopes for the Fightins'. But that's why they're the Fightins'—they simply don't give up, even when the fans may have done so already.
Whether it's because the offense has turned it on, the pitching has gathered itself, the bullpen is no longer a liability or a mix of the three, the Phils have turned it on at just the right time. Here's five reasons why their sudden turnaround has come to fruition.