The Phillies are five games out of a playoff spot with nine to play. Their spirited second-half run has been entertaining, and it showed that even a clubhouse full of highly paid, well-decorated veterans still has some fight in it.

But the Phils aren't making the October tournament this year. There's too little time left and too many teams to scale. It's time to look forward, and that means seeing less of one veteran and more of another.