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09/01/2004 Archived Entry: "Phillies Journal -August, 2004"

Phillies Journal - August, 2004

by Max Blue

AUGUST- 2004

Another losing month. And all kinds of reason why. Wagner and Madson out the whole month. Burrell goes down with a sore wrist. Randy Wolf finally admits he has been pitching with a sore elbow. Same thing for Todd Jones. Jim Thome has been two ticks late on fast balls down the middle. If it’s not sore hands it’s something worse – 33 years old and slowing down – for the season around .200 with men in scoring position. Lieberthal even worse - .138 the last I looked. Somebody has been keeping track of the bullpen failures – 26 blown leads from the sixth inning on. And with all that misery, this team enters September only seven games behind in the wild card race. Forget about the division – the Braves went 40-14 in July and August. So. Thirty games to play. Win 25 and we got a shot.

Standing of the NL East clubs – September 1, 2004

Team Season August July-August

Atlanta 77-54 20-8 40-14
Florida 68-62 16-10 27-25
Philadelphia 65-67 12-16 25-31
New York 60-71 11-17 23-32
Montreal 56-76 15-13 30-26

NL Wild Card Standings – September 1, 2004

Chicago 72-60
San Francisco 73-61
San Diego 71-60
Houston 69-63
Florida 68-62
Philadelphia 65-67

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