After Monday night's 3-1 win over the Mets, the Philadelphia Phillies have evened their 2012 record at 74-74 and now trail the Cardinals for the second wild-card spot by only 3.5 games. Not bad for a team that traded a pair of All-Star outfielders (Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence) at the trade deadline and was declared down and out.
However, as they always seem to do, the Phillies are right back in the playoff race after posting a 17-12 record in August and 11-5 record in September. Of the 28 total wins, the three-headed monster of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels have accounted for 13 of them.
With 14 games remaining, including three against the Braves and six against the Nationals, the Phillies will need contributions from every player on their roster in order to secure a postseason berth.
While veterans like Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley will likely carry the team—as they always seem to do at this time of year—it’s the Phillies’ prospects who could ultimately make the greatest impact.