Philadelphia is currently hanging on the playoff string for dear life and they need a series divide. Will the Phillies get it against the hottest team going?
This really is a last of a chain between these NL East competitions. Although these groups are playing against each other, in fact, that is only partly true. The branch race is over with Atlanta with 15 games left and using an eight-game cause the loss column over Washington. While a devastating Braves meltdown would not be unprecedented in baseball history, seeing they are 23-4 because Aug. 17th, which appears unlikely.
Philadelphia is one of five NL teams seeking to catch and surpass a Chicago Cubs group for the last Wild Card slot. They trying to maintain winning and are not so much playing against Atlanta, but instead against themselves.