The Phillies' struggles are well documented.

What's far less certain is what's next for the franchise, both in the long and short term.

That short term may be short indeed for a team 13 games below .500 and 14 games out of the NL East lead. This team, which set a franchise-record with 102 wins last year, is on pace to become the first team in big league history to lose 90 games the season after winning 100.