Tipsheet: Another Philly fade could open playoff door for Brewers

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The Philadelphia Phillies have been in “win now” mode for some time now, yet they keep missing the playoffs.

Team ownership has bankrolled the addition of one pricey veteran after another, yet the team keeps missing the playoffs. They last appeared in postseason play back in 2011.

Bad things keep happening to them late in the season:

  • In 2018, the Phillies faded late while losing nine of their last 11 games.
  • In 2019, they lost nine of their final 12.
  • In 2020, they lost seven of their final eight.
  • Last season, they lost six of their final seven while missing the postseason yet again.

Are they about to fade away yet again? The Phillies have lost four straight games and nine of their last 12.

Their grip on the final wild card slot is slipping.

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They are just a half-game ahead of Milwaukee now – and the Brewers have generated some late-season momentum. The pressure of ending the franchise’s postseason drought appears to be getting to the Phillies.

“Obviously, we’re not happy with what’s going on. We want to score runs,” slugger Kyle Schwarber told NBC Sports Philadelphia. “The biggest thing is we have to stay positive. Just because we’re down to the last road trip and pushing for a wild-card spot, we can’t let those thoughts creep into our head.

“We have to have the same thought process we’ve had all year. Fight,…

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