Friday, July 01, 2005
Billy Wagner Says Phillies Have No Shot At The Playoffs
wo games before the midpoint of another season of great expectations and even greater underachievement, the Phillies are just a game over .500 and 71/2 games out of first place in the National League East.
As July begins, it's difficult to imagine this sputtering $95 million clunker making the playoffs.
Just ask Billy Wagner.
"No chance," was his response when asked yesterday whether he thought the Phillies had what it takes to make the postseason.
"We ain't got a chance to get there right now."
Wagner, who went to the postseason four times with the Houston Astros, was asked what he believes is missing from the Phillies.
"The know-how to win," he said. "You've got to know how to win before you can start thinking about playoffs.
"There are a lot of reasons to have faith. This ain't over. But anybody who says we have a clear shot to the playoffs right now is fooling themselves. We've got to win."
Would a trade help?
"Adding pieces isn't going to make us any better," Wagner said. "If you don't learn to win and show some fight, it doesn't matter."