The Phillies might not win the National League East for the third straight time this season. They might not even make the postseason for the fourth straight time, particularly if Sunday's loss to the Cubs is any indication.
The 2010 season has been frustrating and puzzling, as their powerful offense has suffered through unexplained slumps and their pitching has been occasionally good but never great.
But, please. Enough with the notion that what will keep the Phils from seeking another run at the World Series is the presence of a great Atlanta Braves team.