Racks on Top of Racks – Phillies 3, Rockies 2/Phillies 7, Rockies 4

Forget about the games at this point, the individual matchups have long since ceased to be relevant. It’s all about the long con now, and winning on a bigger scale when it counts. In other words, I’m not gonna be recapping these two games. They don’t matter. What matters now this late in the season is that we just keep winning series and taking everyone in the wild card race down a few pegs.

The Phillies swept the Colorado Rockies this weekend in your all-too-typical 2010/11 fashion, with timely hitting, a stable bullpen that kept even losing games in control, and the starting pitching that this team so sorely lacked during its June swoon. The team now stands a mere two games under .500, the most successful it’s been in over three months. And with the slow but steady tanking of STL in the race for the second WC spot, dare I say it, we might have a chance in this. There’s some 20 days left in the month, and the team currently sits six games back, only behind the Dodgers, the Pirates, and the Cardinals for the coveted spot, a slim ray of hope in an otherwise prison-shanking of a season. Yeah, we have three teams to surmount this time instead of just one, but tell me…WAS IT OVER WHEN THE GERMANS BOMBED PEARL HARBOR?

When the obituary for this season is written, may it be said that the 2012 Phillies did not go down without a fight.