Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 9/13/12
With the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 win over the Miami Marlins, they have officially moved over the .500 mark at 72-71. Looking back to last year, two playoff teams, the Tampa Bay Rays and the eventual World Series Champion St Louis Cardinals, made September runs similar to what the Phillies have done within the last couple weeks. They, just like the Phillies, needed help from seemingly playoff locks in Boston and Atlanta collapsing down the stretch. The Phillies still have the big three at the top of the rotation. Roy Halliday, despite a 10-7 record still strikes fear in the opposition. Cliff Lee has 14 no decisions and just 4 wins, put owns a 3.50 ERA. Cole Hamels has been the team’s best starter, earning his contract extension with his 14 wins and is on pace for 200 strikeouts. The key for the Phillies return to prominence is the fact that they are somewhat healthy. Chase Utley and Ryan Howard have returned from injuries that cost them large chunks of the season. Hal...
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