PHILS HAVE 7.5-GAME LEAD OVER THE BRAVES: YOU READ THAT RIGHT!

By Sally Fahey

If you’re stunned to wake up to the news that the Phillies have a 7 1/2-game lead over the Braves in NL East, consider this:

At the start of play on April 30, the Phillies were 1 1/2 games behind the Braves in the National League East at 19-11 and looked like they were going to be neck-and-neck with Atlanta all season.

A win over the Angels that day began a seven-game winning streak for the Phillies, who would ultimately win 18 of 21 games through May 23 and open up as much as a seven-game lead on those Braves.

Is there anyone on Earth who thought on May 1 that the Phillies would have a seven-game lead at any point this season, let alone that month? Oh, and the Braves’ best player just went down for the year as well.

The Phillies are in the driver’s seat in the division for the foreseeable future.

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