Found September 19, 2012 on
It occurred to me yesterday that the Philadelphia Phillies string of National League East Championships had come to a quiet end. They are 16.5 games behind the Nats and 10.5 behind the Braves with just over 10 games to go.
Their run is over. And no one is talking about it.
Because the new, second and final Wild Card playoff spot is still in reach (barely) but it is still in reach. For all those people who said they did not like that MLB had added a second Wild Card they need to re-think their position.
If not for the extra spot the season would be over for teams like the Phillies, Brewers, Pirates, Cardinals, Detroit and Tampa Bay. With it there is meaningful baseball in the month of September for these teams.
How much better quality are the games played with because they are still in the hunt. Imagine the crappy product if the teams were out of it and they brought up the AA team to see how they could do. Try paying $200 to sit through a game like that.
Anyway, it’s the f...
BEST OF MAXIM
Wow. That’s all you can really say about the Phillies 16-1 win over the Mets to finish off the sweep in Queens. They put together 21 hits and stay afloat in the NL Wild Card race.
Ryan Howard knocked in five runs, four of them on a grand slam in the ninth inning. Chase Utley drove in four runs. Juan Pierre went 5-for-6 with five singles and Jimmy Rollins had three more hits, staying...
Phillies second baseman Chase Utley continues taking ground balls at third base and could soon be known as third baseman Chase Utley. Sunday's television broadcast showed Utley taking ground balls at third base in Houston, and Monday, the Inquirer's Matt Gelb wrote that Utley took more ground balls. That the Phillies and Utley are devoting so much time to this is indicative...
There is a better shot at that 5th postseason berth for Chase Utley and the Philadelphia Phillies than the numbers display. What can be discovered inside the final matchups on the schedule?
TAL’S HANDY CAPS
I will publish after every battle that is not washed out. I will have many summer-long highlights of puzzle pieces, especially important after drubbings...
It will take more than Juan Pierre of the Philadelphia Phillies to make enough additional noise for serious October baseball. From the individuals on the roster, who do you think will make a big difference?
TAL’S HANDY CAPS
I will publish after every battle that is not washed out. I will have many summer-long highlights of puzzle pieces, especially important...
Jimmy Rollins is one of the best shortstops in Phillies history, and will undoubtedly be on the Phillies Wall of Fame one day. But will he be in Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame as well? I say that he should get in eventually, though I don’t think he ever will. Our writers take a look:
Eric Seidman: Jimmy Rollins has 48.6 WAR in his career, which ranks 12th among shortstops...
After a disastrous weekend in Houston, the Phillies managed to crawl back to the .500 mark after a 3-1 win over the Mets on Monday night. Cliff Lee pitched extremely well, allowing only 1 run over 8 innings. His strong performance kept the Phillies in the game against tough knuckleballer, R.A. Dickey.
For the offense, Jimmy Rollins is on a serious hot streak. It seems lately that...
Phillies Bandwagon Still Loading!
Forget the score, the Phillies have done what they needed to do. Sweep the Mets. Now on to the Braves. The Phils are 4 games back after having played 150 games. With 12 games to go it will take a minor miracle for the Phils to make the playoffs but miracles are what make sports fun.
The Cards are playing .500 baseball right now so if that holds...
On Wednesday night, the Phillies won the game over the Mets in 2 bookend innings, the 1st and the 9th. In between, not much happened.
Jimmy Rollins led the game off with a solo home run. That turned out to be the only hit for the Phillies until John Mayberry Jr. singled in the 8th. It was also the only run of the game for the Phils until there were 2 outs in the 9th inning.
Philadelphia Phillies (74-74) at New York Mets (66-81)
Cole Hamels (15-6, 3.06) vs. Matt Harvey (3-5, 2.92)
Time: 7:10 p.m, Citi Field
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 66
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The Phillies are 4 games out of the Wild Card with 14 to play. The Phillies can only control their own destiny, as they’re back at the .500 mark.
Cole Hamels is 4-0 in his last seven...
Juan Pierre helped the Phillies to a 16-1 route of the New York Mets last night with a career-high 5 hits.
For the Phillies, this season will be a memorable one. Last night’s 16-1 drubbing of the hapless New York Mets will be one of the highlights. As the season winds down, though, it becomes more and more apparent that the Phillies will probably not make the playoffs.