Phillies are having quite disappointing season thus far. Still plenty of ball left to play this season. NL East does seem to be pretty competitive this season. Nats with very sharp pitching and Atlanta, Miami, Mets also having very capable teams.
Friday's win against Baltimore gave Phillies fans reason to at least feel that perhaps their fortunes might be turning, but they have now fallen 9.5 games back of Washington with more than a third of the season completed. While there is still time to chip away, they can't approach the rest of the season depending on Utley and Howard once they return. While the pitching has let them down over the last week, the injury to Halladay is starting to show its effects.