Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 12/14/11
It was just about this time last year when the Phillies resigned Cliff Lee. Come on. Admit it. The December, 2010 acquisition of Cliff Lee had Phillies' fans dreaming of another parade down Broad Street. The whole freakin’ Delaware Valley had the Phillies winning their second World Series in the 2000s. Looking back, it has been a downward cycle of post-season appearances: 2007, lost in NLDS to Colorado; 2008, won the World Series; 2009, lost World Series; 2010, lost in NLCS to Giants; and 2011, lost in NLDS to St. Louis. Looking at it positively, the Phillies have won five straight National League East titles, two National League pennants and one World Series championship. The Phillies likely will make it six NL East titles, but what will happen in the post season? The Giants and the Cardinals proved that a hot team can make it to and win the World Series. What commonality did both teams have? One superstar combined with a lot of situational players who produced key hits in critical situations.
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