The Phils lost today to the Reds 6-5 in nine. As hard as the season has been so far it's difficult for me to look at this team and say they are as bad as their record. I've read in many places arguments that would say they are the worst team in the NL East, but I've also watched the Mets. Frankly the Phillies don't seem as bad off as they're made to be on certain blogs and their web comments, or wobments. These people would argue that today's loss doesn't matter, just another example of the inadequacy of the fightin's. But here at Blangraphs we can't help but love the Phillies and be dismayed when they lose. So we ask what is this nonsense:
The Phillies have once again climbed above the Nationals and sit just 6.5 games back of the Braves for first place in the NL East.
The situation has become critical.
If the Phillies should somehow go on a winning streak now, during the most important time of the season (the July trade deadline), they may dupe themselves into actually thinking they are a contender. This would prevent the team from selling away all of their assets and plummeting in the standings to below the Mets. Tragedy. We wouldn't get to see all of our favorite players including Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz, Jimmy Rollins, and Cliff Lee succeed with their new exciting teams. We would miss out on the most exciting baseball of the year- watching our shiny new prospects flounder at the major league level while they are interchanged with replacement level journeymen such as Michael Martinez and John McDonald.
Heaven forbid the Phillies should then somehow manage to chase down the Braves in the final months of the season. If they were to be competitive for the last few months then Amaro may try to keep players like Utley and Halladay around for the next season and we'd be forced to watch that drivel.
And if they somehow made the playoffs?!? NO! That would just encourage the "normals" and "fans" into thinking they'd watched a quality product on the field. We owe it to them to explain why they're all wrong about watching the game and how they enjoying it incorrectly as we wave contract numbers in their face whenever Ryan Howard hits an upper deck home run. Someone must be there to remind them that while he just demolished a baseball further than you've ever seen one hit before-- it wasn't really cool because he's overpaid.
So let's all sit back and hope that the Phillies lose their next 15 games in a row and trade away all of their key players and then we can say "This is what I love about baseball."