Phils not counting themselves out for Wild Card

Phils not counting themselves out for Wild Card

CINCINNATI -- In a 162-game season, it's hard not to look ahead at times. It becomes even more difficult as teams approach the home stretch with the playoffs looming.

The Phillies are fighting for survival in the Wild Card race, sitting nine games back entering Wednesday's finale with the Reds.

Manager Charlie Manuel assured everyone that his team isn't counting itself out, noting, "There's still a lot of baseball to be played."

The players echoed their coaches' sentiment and said the key is to focus on the present before worrying about what the future might hold.

"You just want to win every game you can, every possible game," Kevin Frandsen said. "You don't look ahead, you look at today. You've got to win today before you can get to tomorrow."

The Phillies have had their fair share of letdowns and bad breaks this season, but Frandsen said the club's mentality is to keep winning, whether it's playoff bound or not.

"We're still a good team," Frandsen said. "It doesn't matter what the record shows. I feel like the last month and a half, we've been playing pretty darn good baseball."

Since Aug. 1, the Phillies are 19-14 (.576). They are tied for the second-best record in the National League since Aug. 23. And if you ask anyone in the clubhouse, anything is possible.