The Hunt for a Red October

Just so we’re all on the same page here, here is the Phillies schedule for the remainder of the season. The next four are home, followed by six on the road. We actually have a much better road record than home record, so six straight on the road isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If we go 8-2, we’re in the playoffs. 7-3 should put us either in the playoffs or in a one game playoff against the Dodgers or Padres. We play Florida three times at home (and don’t have to face Dontrelle Willis!), then have a makeup game with Houston at home, where we will have to take on Clemens. Then we have three in Washington against the woeful Senators. And then, finally, three in Florida. The Marlins have kicked our ass in September to knock us out of the playoffs a couple of times, so I’m a little nervous. My goal is 7-3, which means 2-1 against the Fish, beat the Astros, 2-1 against the Senators and 2-1 against the Marlins. If we can’t do that, we don’t deserve to be in the playoffs.