Its a numbers game in Philadelphia tonight:

  • Games left in the season: 9
  • Phils division lead: 6
  • Phils magic number: 4
  • Victories in a row: 10
  • Wins on the season: 92
  • Wins short of last season with 9 to go: 1
  • MLB teams with more wins that the Phils: 0
  • Wins on the season for Madson: 6 (not bad considering he missed 2 months and most since he started 17 games in 2006)
  • Saves for Lidge: 26
  • Career saves for Lidge: 221 - good for 35th all time.
  • Carlos Ruiz batting average: .299 a team best
  • Carlos Ruiz on base percentage: .400 also a team best
  • MAGIC NUMBER FOR THE DIVISION: 4

The Phils get a much deserved day off and the resume with a 3 game set in the Big Apple as Dillon Gee takes on Joe Blanton at 7:05.  With their magic number set at 4 for the division (and 4 for the wild card if SD wins), they have a chance to clinch the division or wild card this weekend.  This would afford some rest to the regulars, including a recently laboring Roy Halladay who's on track for 40 starts and 300 innings.

You can be Jordan: