By Peter Marx
The Phillies are 80-65 and locked in a three-team battle with San Diego and Milwaukee for the final two National League wild-card playoff spots.
Both of those teams won Saturday. The Phils lead over San Diego is a half-game. The lead over Milwaukee is 1 1/2 games.
The Phillies hold tiebreakers over both the Padres and Brewers, but they don’t want to rely on that to break their 10-year postseason drought.
The Phils have 17 games left – a number that should remind them that no lead is safe (see: 2007) – and five of them are against the Braves, who have a lot to play for as they try to chase down the Mets for the NL East division title.