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Phillies may miss chance to break franchise single season win total

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"KEEP ON PHIGHTIN' WITH JOE VALLEE"

Last week, it seemed like a no-brainer that the 2011 Phillies would break the franchise’s regular season record of 101 wins, which was set in 1976 and 1977.
 
After losing three out of four to the Cardinals however, there’s an outside shot that it might not happen.

Starting on Tuesday, the Phillies have ten games to play: four against the Nationals starting Tuesday, three against the Mets this weekend, and the final three at Atlanta next week.

The forecast calls for showers throughout Thursday, and with everything for the playoffs already decided on the Phillies’ front combined with the Nationals and Mets having been eliminated weeks ago, they might not even get the games in, and they certainly won’t make them up.

As far as next week’s games are concerned, the Braves may very well be fighting for their playoff lives. The Cardinals have cut their Wild Card lead down to 2 ½ games. Moreover, it’s tough to win in Atlanta as it is let alone so much at stake for the home team.

You can look on the bright side of things if you wish. After clinching the NL East  Saturday, this Phillies team now has the second best regular season record of 98 wins which eclipsed the win total for the 1993 squad (97) that was also matched by last year’s team.

As far as history goes, you’d really like to see this team win four more games to get at least 102 wins. Besides, Charlie Manuel will become the winningest manager in Phillies history if they do this.

If you held a gun to my head, of course I’d say I’d rather have another World Series parade than the record, but maybe Phillies fans will have their cake and eat it too this year.

We shall see.

Joe Vallee is a lifelong Phillies fan and former Phillies batboy. Joe has claimed to have seen about 98% of every Phillies game since the early 1980's.

Contact Joe at jvallee@philly2philly.com 

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