Philadelphia Phillies: 5 Big Trends as the Phillies Chase the Pennant

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Philadelphia Phillies: 5 Big Trends as the Phillies Chase the Pennant
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A ninth consecutive winning season is already secured, a 90-win campaign is a mere formality, and 100 wins looks more and more likely. So what’s left for these Philadelphia Phillies?

A little fine tuning, that’s what.

The goal for the rest of the regular season is clear: Stay healthy and secure the best record in the National League.

Ignore what head-to-head history or gut tells you, the Phillies would much rather play whatever weakling comes out of the NL West than the presumptive NL Central champs from Milwaukee. First place in the division would all but guarantee a showdown with the Diamondbacks or Giants.

After that it’s a crap-shoot; so if I’m the Phillies I do what I can while the sample size is still big.

With that goal in mind, let’s look at the five key areas of concern as the Fightin' Phils wind their way toward October.

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