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Crucial Upcoming Schedule: Marlins, Braves

May 23, 2005, 3:39 PM EDT

The Phils have been playing well lately, taking the Cards series as well as the Baltimore Series, both great teams.  The battle for the NL East is going to get interesting in the coming week.  It all starts tonight against the Marlins and Dontrelle Willis.

I think these next two series could show us how the rest of the season will play out.  If they win both series, go 4 and 6 or better, then they will be in the hunt to compete for a playoff spot all year.  If they split and go 3 and 3, they will linger around for a while and eventually crumble.  If they lose both series, and go below 3-3, then they will gradually spiral downward all season.

Those are my thoughts.  Let’s see how the Phillies will stack up to some good pitching.  It should be an interesting week.

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