PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies should feel good about themselves, but not too good.
Recent history has taught them that.
They open a nine-game homestand Friday against the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park with a three-game lead over the Braves in the National League East with 15 games to play. The Phils are 38-15 (.717) since July 21, which is the best record in the league. If they finish 8-7 (.533), the Braves would need to finish 11-4 (.733) just to tie.