Shut off the TV and go to your picnics, and if you get the urge for some baseball, revisit the prime rib of '08 and forgo the dirty water dog of '09.
The Phillies are a lips-and-hooves-filled 39-37, fattened by a 10-2 record against the Nationals and a two-month binge by a 37-year-old outfielder. Their best pitcher is a rookie. We celebrate when the lead-off hitter gets a hit. The Phils, now tied with the Marlins in the National League East, are no better than rest of their counterparts caught in the divisional logjam. Good pitching will prevail, which is how the Braves swept the Phillies, and is the reason the Phils' shallow hold on the division is now gone. If the Phillies hope to repeat as champions, they need to close the lid on this entire first half and flush.