The Phillies were swept by the Atlanta Braves with a 2-1 loss on Sunday. The loss eliminated the Phillies from the National League Wild Card picture, just as their loss on Saturday eliminated them from the NL East division race. The loss also leaves the Phillies just above the .500 mark at 78-77 on the season as they head into their final road series of the year in Colorado.
The Phillies are hoping to finish at the .500 mark or above for the first time since they finished 81-81 in 2012. The last time they were above .500 at the end of the year was in 2011 when they won 1-2 games. From 2008 through 2012, the team finished at or above .500 in every season.
After the Braves clinched their first division title since 2013 on Saturday, the Phillies were hanging on an extremely long shot hope of a wild card berth in the postseason but Sunday’s loss eliminated that hope.
Aaron Nola started Sunday’s game and will likely make his final scheduled start of the season Friday at home against Atlanta. Nola is 16-6 on the season with a 2.45 ERA and has some shot at winning the NL Cy Young Award, although that honor would appear headed to Jacob DeGrom of the Mets.