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Phillies Get Brotherly Love From Schedule

 

 Ryan Howard’s Phillies should take advantage of baseball’s easiest September schedule

Over the last several weeks, the Philadelphia Phillies have been playing their best baseball of the season, and they’re peaking at the right time.  While Philly wouldn’t make the playoffs if the season ended today, the Phils are just 1.5 games back in the NL Wildcard race, but they have a clear advantage over the Reds and the other contenders that many fail to notice. 

The Reds face a September schedule that’s full of good opponents with solid pitching.  Having unspectacular pitching could doom Cincinnati in those games, especially since the Reds’ offense has been inconsistent all season, with 10-run games followed by 1-run performances not uncommon.  The Phillies have arguably the easiest schedule in baseball over the final month.  33 of Philadelphia’s 36 remaining games are against teams with losing records, and the other three are against the Pedro and Glavine-less Mets.  With the Phillies peaking and their opponents slumping, this is the time for the Phillies to go on the hot streak many have been expecting of them. 

Look for the bats of Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Pat Burrell, and David Dellucci to eat up the poor pitching of Phillies’ opponents, such as the Cubs, Nationals, and Marlins, while pitchers like Cole Hamels, Brett Myers, and new-Phillie Jamie Moyer, keep the offense of those teams in check.  September should be a fun time to be a Phillie Fanatic, but ultimately, it’s up to the Phillies to take advantage of the brotherly love their schedule has given them. 

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