The Phillies have now completed a streak of 13 straight games against National League East teams. On Friday, they go to Shea Stadium to open an important weekend series against the first-place Mets.
Under the circumstances, it would be understandable if they overlooked the Rockies, their opponents for the next 4 nights at Citizens Bank Park.
It would also be a mistake.
If there's one team that holds the key to the postseason, it might just be Colorado.
After finishing a weekend series against the Padres yesterday at Coors Field, they have 20 games left, and 17 of them are against teams still in contention for a postseason spot: Phillies (four), Dodgers (seven), Padres (three) and Diamondbacks (three).