Life on the other side just ain't that grand.

At the trading deadline one year ago, the Philadelphia Phillies led the NL East by six games. The Boston Red Sox led the AL East by two. They were going to meet in the World Series, or something like that.

The Phillies went and got Hunter Pence. The Red Sox pulled Erik Bedard.

Now look at them.

Since the moves, the Phillies are 79-76. The Red Sox are 73-83. That's a lot of mediocre ball right there, and from franchises whose payrolls and expectations would suggest – no, demand – better. Last-place teams as of Saturday morning, they find themselves in areas where even the second wild card isn't charitable enough.