What once seemed impossible is now a reality -- the Phillies are still alive for October. After trailing the Mets by seven games with over two weeks to play, the Phillies won 13 of their final 17 games to finish one game ahead of New York for the National League East crown.
That earned Philadelphia its first postseason berth since 1993, when Joe Carter's home run off Mitch Williams gave Toronto the deciding Game 6 win in the World Series. The Phils' only title came in 1980, when they beat the Royals in six games.
By month: April 11-14, May 15-13, June 15-13, July 15-10, Aug. 16-12, Sept. 17-11.
If baseball is a game of "What have you done for me lately?", the Phillies can answer with a resounding, "A whole lot!" Buoyed by several extended winning streaks, Philadelphia posted a .593 winning percentage from July 1 until the end of the regular season.
Avg.: .274, Fifth in NL
Runs: 892, First in NL
HRs: 213, Second in NL
OPS: .812, First in NL
Making full use of their offense-friendly home park, the Phillies outslugged every other team in the National League by at least 30 runs. The Phils trailed only the Yankees (958) in scoring offense.
Avg.: Chase Utley, .333, Tied for third in NL
HRs: Ryan Howard, 47, Second in NL
RBIs: Howard, 136, First in NL
Runs: Jimmy Rollins, 139, First in NL
OPS: Utley, .979, Fifth in NL
SB: Rollins, 41, Fifth in NL
Philadelphia essentially monopolized the National League offensive leaderboards, as Phillies players were among the league's top five for batting average, homers, RBIs, runs and stolen bases. Only the Marlins could also claim that feat.
Overall ERA: 4.73, 13th in NL
Strikeouts: 1,050, 12th in NL
HRs allowed: 198, Second most in NL
Opponents BA: .276, 13th in NL
The Phillies managed to make it to October despite one of the least consistent rotations in the league. Cole Hamels can go toe to toe with any No. 1 starter in the league, but it's been patchwork after that. The veteran presence of Jamie Moyer and the rookie spark of Kyle Kendrick should be positive assets going forward.
Wins: Hamels, 15, Tied for eighth in NL
ERA (starter): Hamels, 3.39, Eighth in NL
ERA (reliever): J.C. Romero, 1.31
Strikeouts: Hamels, 177, Tied for seventh in NL
Saves: Brett Myers, 21, 11th in NL
Holds: Romero, 22, Tied for eighth in NL
HRs allowed: Moyer/Adam Eaton, 30, Tied for fourth most in NL
Opponents BA: Romero, .128, First in NL
Hamels likely would have been among the league leaders in wins and strikeouts had elbow issues not held him out of action for several weeks. The midseason acquisition of Romero helped solidify a bullpen that also got stronger with the return of Tom Gordon.
Fielding percentage: .986, Fourth in NL
Errors: 89, 13th in NL
The Phillies posted their best collective fielding percentage since 2004, when they were second in the Majors with a .987 clip.
SS Jimmy Rollins, .985, Third in NL
CF Aaron Rowand, .995, First in NL
Rowand's mark was a career high for a full season, while Rollins' was his best since 2004.
Game by game
July 6: Rockies 7, Phillies 6 -- Hawpe singles off Alfonseca in 11th to plate winning run
July 7: Rockies 6, Phillies 3 -- Phils go cold after three-run first
July 8: Phillies 8, Padres 4 -- Philadelphia ends game with six unanswered runs
Sept. 10: Phillies 6, Rockies 5 -- Howard homers, then hits game-winning double in 10th
Sept. 11: Rockies 8, Phillies 2 -- Eaton tagged for three homers in defeat
Sept. 12: Rockies 12, Phillies 0 -- Rockies outhit Phils, 15-4, in rout
Sept. 13: Phillies 12, Padres 4 -- Both teams bat around in first before Philly pulls away
Colorado took the season series from Philadelphia for the first time since 2004.
vs. Cubs: 4-3
vs. Indians: 1-2
The Phillies went a combined 9-15 against playoff teams this season, with a sweep at the hands of the Diamondbacks the low point. Curiously, the Phils might have done as much to bump out the teams behind them as anybody; they went a combined 22-11 against the Mets, Brewers and Padres the last three teams to be ruled out of the postseason.
Antonio Alfonseca (11 G, 1-0, 1.35 ERA)
Jose Mesa (26 G, 3-1, 6 SV, 4.41 ERA)
Tom Gordon (19 G, 0-1, 7.32 ERA)
Aaron Rowand (12 G, .267, 0 HR, 3 RBI)
Rod Barajas (5 G, .333, 2 HR, 2 RBI)
Tadahito Iguchi (12 G, .191, 1 HR, 5 RBI)
Rowand and Iguchi were members of the 2005 World Series champion White Sox. Mesa and Alfonseca faced off in the 1997 Series, with the latter's Florida team beating Cleveland in seven games for the title. Mesa was also on the wrong end of the Series in 1995 while with the Indians.
Tom Keller is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.