By Sam Bush
The Phillies are in Atlanta tonight, and their backs are against the wall, or some other cliche.
They’re five games behind the Chicago Cubs with only 14 to play:
3 at Braves, 3 at Indians, 5 at Nationals, 3 vs. Marlins
Already facing an uphill climb, the Phils get no help from the schedule.
They play 14 games in 13 days starting tonight, starting with a three-game set in Atlanta against a hot team fighting for home-field advantage.
You may think the Phillies would in good shape if they find themselves within striking distance entering the final weekend, but they’re just 7-9 against the Marlins this year.