Phillies have the same record through 149 games as they did in 1980 and 2008

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By , Audacy Sports

Take this for what it's worth, but the Philadelphia Phillies are 82-67 after 149 games. That's the same record they had through 149 games in 1980 and 2008, the two years the franchise would go on to win the World Series:

In 1980, the Phillies were a half game up over the Montreal Expos in the National League East after 149 games. The 1980 Phillies would go on to win the NL East with a 91-71 record, a game better than the Expos.

In 2008, the Phillies were a game up over the New York Mets in the NL East after 149 games. Charlie Manuel's squad would finish the regular season with a 92-70 record, winning their second consecutive NL East title by three games.

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The difference in 2022 is that even though the Phillies have clinched a winning season, they aren't in the NL East race. At 95-56, the Mets lead the division by 1 1/2 games over the Atlanta Braves, who are 93-57. The Phillies are 12 games back of the top spot. It's worth pointing out that the two teams in franchise history who went on to win championships would have finished in third place in the 2022 NL East.

Fortunately for the Phillies, there are now three Wild Card spots, as opposed to just one in 2008 and none in 1980. Who knows what will happen in the postseason, but the Phillies are currently 2 1/2 games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers for the third and final Wild Card spot, and just a half game back from the San Diego Padres for the second Wild Card spot.

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