While it may not have been clinched the way the team envisioned it (a win in front of the home crowd on Sunday would have probably done the trick), the Phillies, in accordance to the Padres loss on Sunday, have mathamatically clinched a trip to the 2010 postseason.
For the Phillies, it will be the fourth consecutive season that they will play baseball into October. Pretty impressive considering it seems like yesterday that this team was widely considered one of the laughing-stocks of all of baseball. By yesterday, I mean a decade ago, but regardless, the fact that this team is arguably the model of success in the NL is still somewhat unfathomable for those who recognize the past of this organization.
Now, there is still work to do be done (such as clinching the division and best-record in the NL), but now with a guaranteed playoff birth, the Phillies now have to make some decisions regarding the near future.
Right now, the majority of the speculation surrounding the Phillies is about the potential playoff roster.
Who exactly will be representing the Phillies roster come playoff time?
Picking 25 guys, all for the most part have been playing at an extremely high level since the all-star break, to prepare for a five and then seven game series against one opponent. It’s really not as easy as it looks.
If you have as much difficulty as I do trying to break down the potential playoff roster, take a look at Phillies beat writer Matt Gelb’s s prediction at “The Phillies Zone”
If you don’t want to look at that, I will take a stab at it myself once, barring a historically collapse, the division is clinched (one more Phillies win or Braves loss).
Something tells me I’ll be able to do that soon.