They had all but sealed their ticket to the postseason, but some lousy play in the last two weeks put that spot in jeopardy.
At one point on Friday, Philadelphia was tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for the third and final Wild Card spot.
But despite their best efforts to blow a whole season, it appears the Phillies are finally out of the woods.
“The #Phillies magic number is one. The Brewers lost to the Marlins in 12 innings, 4-3. The Phils can clinch their first postseason berth since 2011 with a victory Monday night in Houston,” MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki tweeted.
The #Phillies magic number is one. The Brewers lost to the Marlins in 12 innings, 4-3.
The Phils can clinch their first postseason berth since 2011 with a victory Monday night in Houston.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) October 2, 2022
Milwaukee Threw Away Their Playoff Hopes With A Series Loss
The Brewers’ own incompetence ended up saving the Phillies: Milwaukee lost consecutive games on Saturday and Sunday against the Miami Marlins, virtually ending their playoff hopes.
Since the Phillies’ magic number is now one, it means that they need either a win today against the Houston Astros or a Brewers loss against the Arizona Diamondbacks to officially make the postseason.
It could be one or the other: once one of them happens, Philadelphia will have sealed their first playoff ticket since 2011.
They went to consecutive World Series in 2008 and 2009 and remained highly competitive for two more years.
2012 rolled around, and the Phillies have done nothing but disappoint their loyal fan base.
Now, those fans could have the chance to dream about another World Series in a matter of hours.
It wasn’t always pretty, but Philadelphia is about to become the latest guest to the party that will start in a few days.