Just when everyone thought that the Phillies were finished, they went on a hot streak at the same time that the other teams chasing the second wild-card spot went on a cold streak.
The end result of this stretch is that the Phillies are contenders again in 2012.
With the charging Phillies four games out of a playoff spot, they have a chance to catch teams like the Dodgers and Cardinals to end up playing the Braves in the play-in game for the wild-card spot. However, this year, Braves fans don't have much to worry about with the Phillies.
After being beaten by Philadelphia for the last few years, and having the Phillies finish off the great 2011 collapse, there are some who might be leery of facing them in the playoffs.
However I have four reasons to offer as to why the Phillies aren't a team to fear in any playoff series.