We have good news and bad news.
The bad news is that there are still 75 games left for the Philadelphia Phillies to torture the fans with sloppy plays, bases-loaded strikeouts and an unreliable bullpen. The good news is that there are still 75 games left for a team that looks strong on paper to make a run for the playoffs.
The Phillies capped off what can only be called a disappointing first half of the 2012 season in typical fashion: a 4-3 loss and three game sweep by the Atlanta Braves.
They enter the All-Star break resting at the bottom of the National League East division with a 37-50 record, 14 games behind the first place Washington Nationals. With 10 games behind Cincinnati and Atlanta for the two National League wild card spots, the Phillies need to win at least 50 more games to stay in playoff contention.
In 2001, the Oakland Athletics ended the first half of the season 39-42 and managed to clinch the American League Wild Card after a 63-18 second half. The 2010 San Francisco Giants held an unimpressive 41-40 record at the All Star Break before dominating the second half, finishing atop the National League West with a 92-70 record and winning the World Series.
As the Phillies take the next few days to rest and regroup, there are plenty of questions the front office needs to confront. How can we turn the season around? Is 2012 salvageable? What do we do with Cole Hamels? How do we fix the bullpen?
But, what about the questions for you, the fans? Are you giving up on the Phillies this year? Is there still enough time for this team to get back on the right track and scrape their way into the playoffs, where anything can happen? Or, is it time to start thinking about the July 22 start of the Eagles' training camp?
Cast your vote in the poll below and either vent about the season so far, or pump up the doubtful for a possible second half comeback.