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09/01/2004 Archived Entry: "Phillies Journal -August, 2004"
Phillies Journal - August, 2004
by Max Blue
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 its not sore hands its 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
San Francisco 73-61
San Diego 71-60