The Phillies have had trouble getting to .500 this season. It's a mark they haven't reached since April 14th. The Phillies just got back to that mark today, behind the 18th HR by Domonic Brown and strong outing by Cole Hamels.
So, now the Phils are back at .500, and before the Nationals play their 7:05 game tonight, they are tied for second in the National League East. They have won four straight games, averaging 6.75 runs per game, and allowing only 2.75 runs per game. They have played fantastic, and they are looking up.
Can they catch the Braves? I think they can. It'll be hard to predict the NL East in the stretch run. The Phillies are playing great and could play even better with the return of Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz, and Roy Halladay. These guys have helped the Phillies have success in years past.
The Phillies need to stay hot, and hopefully use Dom Brown to their advantage, as he could really help the rest of the lineup. The NL has some tough competition, and the Phillies could be right in it.