With every loss, the Phillies playoff chances are becoming slimmer and slimmer. With tonight's loss, the Phillies have dropped the first 2 games in a pivotal July series with the current Wild Card leader. The Phillies are now 11 games under .500 and 11.5 games behind the Braves for the final Wild Card spot. They have played better baseball as of late, but expecting this team to play at least 20 games over .500 during the remaining 61 games is asking a lot (going 41-20 would get them to 86 wins, which still probably wouldn’t be enough to get a WC spot) is a stretch. It’s to the point where the 0.3% (according to ESPN) chances of a playoff spot isn’t enough to bank on. The best thing to do now is to try to build a team that can compete for a championship in 2013. Here is my mock plan from now until the start of the 2013 season.
Choooooooooooooooooooch! It never gets old, sometimes I even catch myself "Choochin'" in my sleep. He is a man that has so selflessly endeared himself to the Philly phaithful. He plays the most difficult and least recognized position in all of baseball. Until this season fans of other teams probably didn't even know who Carlos Ruiz was. Thinking instead that Philly phans were just "booing" like they usually do every time their catcher came up to the plate. Chooch is on a mission in 2012 to prove that he isn't just a defensive catcher.
Are you ready for some football!?! We have seen the same story in Philadelphia before and the ending was filled with enough drama to make Real Housewives look tame. Wide receivers are a different breed of football players, they are me first, throw me the ball, glory hogging athletes. So needless to say it didn’t take much for Eagles phans to get sick of DeSean Jackson last season. There is no denying the talent, but where is the heart? DeSean Jackson came in at #10 in 2011 on our Best Athlete in Philly Top 20. After a rocky year for DeSean and the Philadelphia Eagles, D-Jack finds himself at #12 on our BLN Top 20 Countdown.