By Paul Kurtz

By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Phillies may be stuck in last place but fans still seem to be hopeful that the team can turn its fortunes around.

“Ya gotta take the good with the bad.”

John Casey has been watching more bad baseball than good this season. But he’s blaming it in large part on the injury bug. Casey and many other Phillies fans are pinning their hopes on the return of Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, followed by a mad dash to the finish line.

“They have the two big pieces coming back and the other teams seem to have faltered in the end the last few years. If it all falls into place we should be fine.”

Most fans are hanging in there, at least for now. But there will come a point of no return if the Phils can’t pull out of their season-long funk.

“I’m on the edge. There’s just so many guys out hurt right now it’s kind of tough to watch the games with all these guys coming up from the minors.”

The Phillies streak of sellouts at home remains intact but you can now see vacant seats at the ballpark on a regular basis. And the latest television ratings for the team are down 35-40 percent.