Three Games Out.
As of Thursday morning, the Philadelphia Phillies were three games out of the second Wild Card spot in the National League.
The sports stations are abuzz with talk about the turnaround that the Philadelphia Phillies, a team given up for dead at the trading deadline in late July, have made.
The Fightins' have a history of being one of the best second-half teams in baseball and Manager Charlie Manuel is working his magic. The team also usually has strong Septembers.
This one is no different.
The recent homestand turned into a six-game sweep over the Colorado Rockies and Miami Marlins, making it one of the best winning homestands in franchise history.
Last year, the St. Louis Cardinals caught fire in September, rolled through the playoffs and won the World Series. And the Phils had the best record in the playoffs and got knocked out quickly.
So the Phils are catching fire at the right time.
Meanwhile, the Wild Card competition -- the Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates -- is struggling to play competitive baseball.
These Phils have some swagger. They believe in themselves and feel that they can't lose, coming back several times when games looked bleak.
Jimmy Rollins has carried the team on his back in some games. And the much-maligned bullpen has turned into one of the best in the business, with lights out work by rookie Phillippe Aumont and closer Jonathan Papelbon.
General Manager Ruben Amaro maybe made the best move of the turnaround by dropping Joe Blanton, Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence.
In came an influx of Lehigh Valley IronPigs that has given the team the jolt of life it's now enjoying.
Players such as Erik Kratz and Kevin Frandsen are putting up breakout numbers while relievers Jake Diekman, Justin De Fratus and B.J. Rosenberg and starter Tyler Cloyd have made a difference.
It also helps that Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are back stabilizing the lineup every day.
And pitchers Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee have goten back to the sound starters that they are. Meanwhile, Kyle Kendrick has turned into Cy Young.
The Phillies are still a longshot.
There's still a few weeks of games to play. But they've got fans believing in them. And they are believing in themselves again.
With the way the Fightins' are playing, who knows what could happen if they make the playoffs. And wouldn't that be something.
A season that looked loss is suddenly full of promise once again.