The Stark piece is a rough read in any case. Yeah, the schedule is getting softer and the run differential says they are a .500 team but this manager/roster/GM/payroll is supposed to at least be competing for the divison or fourth wild card, not clinging to hopes of 85 wins and the last one. And the humidor thing is very interesting. Yeah, it's complicated but the bottom line - both home and away - is the Phillies need their balls to travel more than differently-built teams do.
13 games against Arizona/Miami/Nats start the soft part of the schedule. If they merely win seven or eight of those that still won't be a ton of progress.