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If the Phillies find themselves with a comfortable lead at any point in September, the intensity needs to remain in place in order for their success to carry over into October.
I believe that part of their playoff exit against San Francisco can be attributed to clinching the division too early.
I know they swept the Reds in the division series, but it was on the strength of their pitching with minimal impact from their offense as a whole.
This lethargic offense carried over to the Giants series and led to their elimination.
Maybe if they were involved in a division race into the final week of the season, their offense would have still remained in a groove heading into the postseason, where it could have been built upon to combine with their stout pitching staff.
Perhaps, that's what is needed this season for postseason success,
The pitching will be there, its just a matter of whether or not the offense will click when the time comes.