Thursday, August 25, 2005

Will they or won't they?

Much like most of you, I am a skeptic when it comes to the Phillies' chances of making the postseason.

But there is something different about this season compared to the last couple.

There has been no long losing streak in the month of August.

In 2003, the Phils had a 1 1/2-game lead over the Marlins on August 22 and that was after snapping a three-game losing streak. They went on to lose six straight to the Cardinals and Expos, falling behind the Marlins. They never recovered and the Marlins went on to win the World Series.

In 2004, the Phillies were in the wild-card race, chasing the Cubs and Padres on Aug. 11 with a record of 59-55. They proceeded to lose seven in a row to the Rockies, Giants and Astros and fell out of competition. Even a 19-8 September could not save Larry Bowa's job.

Are things different in August 2005? The longest losing streak thus far is two. There is a week left in the month and the Diamondbacks and Mets are on deck.

It feels different to me.

But there's always September.

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