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Halladay's 20th Stretches NL East Lead to 5

—Citizens Bank Park

It’s beginning to feel like the Phillies and Braves are shopping in Macy’s. One team is standing on the escalator heading to the top floor, searching for the fine china, while the other is watching them pass on the way down, searching for the exits. Atlanta’s move toward the door continued tonight as Jayson Werth’s three-run homer paced the Phillies to a 5-3 win, their ninth straight.

Roy Halladay wasn’t perfect, but he didn’t need to be. His offense gave him enough to work with and he in turn provided his team with a victory, his 20th of the season. For Doc, it was the third 20-win season of his fine career and the first for the Phils since 1982 (Steve Carlton). It also pushed the Phillies five steps ahead of the Braves in what was once shaping up to be dogfight for the division.

Again, Halladay didn’t have his best stuff as he looked slightly worn down. Perhaps the long season has begun to take its toll. Overall, it was yet another quality start – seven innings, seven hits, three earned runs, two walks, and three strikeouts. It’s been a string of so-so performances by his standards, and although he wasn’t of the Cy Young caliber we’ve become accustomed to, Halladay gutted out a win in one of the most significant games he’s ever pitched.

“Being able to think about getting ourselves to the playoffs and finishing these last couple of weeks strong has been the priority,” said Halladay, with multiple ice wraps covering his upper body. “To be able to go out and pitch meaningful games at this point in the season makes all the difference.

Braves starter Mike Minor was sent to the showers early, going 2 1/3 innings while allowing those three runs on seven hits. The 22-year old rookie was forced to toss 73 pitches to get just seven outs.

Werth’s bomb to deep left-center field, his 25th of the year, opened up the scoring in the third inning. Minor was chased one batter later after allowing a double to Raul Ibanez following the home run.

Atlanta would counter with one in the fifth and one in the sixth to bring it to 3-2, but the Phils would eventually pull away. In the bottom of the sixth, Ibanez notched his second double, a screamer into the right field corner, scoring Ryan Howard and Werth. Halladay would exit after seven, handing it off to Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge. The Phillies closer converted his 20th save in his last 22 tries and in the process may have closed it down for good on the Braves.

As for Doc’s 20th victory, Charlie Manuel heaped praise on his ace. “He’s had a tremendous year for us. Count the innings and the wins he’s got, that speaks for itself, ” said Manuel.

Halladay’s 20th overshadowed a game of many stars tonight. Chase Utley and Wilson Valdez turned two beautiful double plays, including a ballerina-like pirouette move by Valdez on one of them. Lidge has hit his stride at the perfect time, recording his 19th scoreless appearance in those 22 opportunities. And the fans. They were loud and carrying towels. Citizens Bank Park was bumpin’.

Tomorrow, the final nail in the Braves coffin can be hammered down. The grave has been dug; it’s up to Roy Oswalt seal it up.



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  2. pheeling it

    September 21, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Now that everyone hopped back on my bandwagon


    If playing on the phillies and winning will give you more money to sign and make you look good and bring out a crowd, like JAYSON WERTH

    He should sign a small, hooked up deal and keep INVESTING. He can always sign to another team after winning more.

  3. Scott in D.C.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    You know what I’m most pleased with tonight? Ibanez, hitting two doubles, to both right and left, off of lefties. That’s huge.

  4. pheeling it

    September 21, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    If were paying Cuddyer 10.5 people!

    Give Jayson backload two year deal, Raul off the books after 2011

    2 year, 33 million dollar deal 14 the first year, 19 the second

  5. Andrew from waldorf

    September 21, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Congrats to Roy

    nice win

    lets get tomorrow
    and start scaling back the playing time of some and get some guys who need ABs some ABs like Rollins is gonna need.

  6. pheeling it

    September 21, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Great game by Raul, clutch hit. That was the first RBI against that guy all year, and god knows we’re going to facing some lefties

    Didn’t mean to mention that he comes off the books, he is my favorite left fielder. His money can net Jayson- Howard type money for a year though

  7. Andrew from waldorf

    September 21, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Werth is older and this is his first and will probably be his only big contract. He will want 3 or 4 years maybe more if he can get it.
    Red sox offer better than Bay money and we say goodbye.
    Hope Jayson stays hot.

  8. Bruce

    September 21, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    @pheeling: You must face the cold hard reality. Werth is gone after this season. Enjoy his current hot streak of hitting as he had one of those rare success with RISP tonight (3-run HR). Make that 1 for 2 with RISP tonight (leaving 1 runner on).

    It’s great to see the Phillies on such a fantastic roll this month (17-3 and 9 straight wins!). Magic number down to 6 and Oswalt, the third member of “The Triple Aces”, will pitch tomorrow. Let’s go Phillies!

  9. Manny

    September 21, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Werth haters go to bed!

  10. pheeling it

    September 21, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Your right Bruce but I feel like Ruben pushed him into Boras

  11. pheeling it

    September 21, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Roy Halladay for Cy Young

  12. Andrew from waldorf

    September 21, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Why does stating the reality hating?
    Why would people want to believe something that wont happen?
    Why not hope that Mike Schmidt starts training and comes back?
    Oh thats not happening. Werth playing here next year also isnt happening.
    It doesnt make sense for the phillies at what he will be paid. Like Rowand and Burrell.
    You cant keep everyone. I like Werth and hope he is MVP of the world series. But hes still not coming back and thats OK.
    Unless he will sign for less than another team offers. I doubt that though.

  13. Manny

    September 22, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Oh yea, release Raul!!

  14. miked63

    September 22, 2010 at 12:31 am

    THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER — i know its corny but its one of my favorite movies ( gotta dig sean connery)

  15. Kate

    September 22, 2010 at 12:35 am

    Raul’s not going anywhere.

  16. jt

    September 22, 2010 at 12:36 am

    What is it hanson vs. oswalt tomorrow?oswalt never beaten the braves but you know what they say?their a first for everything go get that w and sweep the braves…as for werth he’s definitly gone red sox angels or dodgers will pay him big let’s just hope he leaves philly with another ws ring………

  17. pheeling it

    September 22, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Halladay first 20 win righty since Robin Roberts? How appropriate

  18. Andrew from waldorf

    September 22, 2010 at 12:48 am

    The Dodgers are unknown.
    Need to settle that divorce to see what they can spend

    SD won. Colorado lost again. 2 in a row at Arizona.
    I am thinking that train ran out of gas. Maybe.
    I wont cry if they dont make it.

  19. BravoMan

    September 22, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Errors, both mental and physical, terrible AB’s, and well, you know the rest. The Braves are digging themsleves a hole and need to find a way out.

    Two rooks who had no business pitching in the majors going against Hamels and Halladay…. it’s almost comical. Of course, the Phillies didn’t exactly over power us as much as the Braves shot their own foots.

  20. BravoMan

    September 22, 2010 at 12:57 am

    I read a in-game comment on McCann’s defense from a poster (forgot who) and it’s so true. The kid is awful behind the plate. Just awful. Can’t throw worth a darn either. Remember Javy Lopez? I would seriously take him any day over this catcher we have now. He was so clutch and a much, much better defensive catcher.

    Oh, and how about his base running blunder? LOL! OMG, what a freakin MORON!

  21. BravoMan

    September 22, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Again, I love McCann (hard to tell from previous comment), but I think he’s trying to do way too much. He feels the need to carry the team and he just can’t do it. They said he stormed out of the clubhouse not talking to anybody with his head down. That ain’t Brian McCann. He always talk to reporters, no matter what.

    I think he can see the ship sinking and he knows he’s helping sink it faster. Shame.

  22. biz

    September 22, 2010 at 1:18 am

    Hey BravoMan, whats up internet warrior?

    Ever get the feeling you were ran over by a steamroller? lol

    Philadelpha Phillies, 43-15 since July 22nd. That’s one helluva steamroller.

  23. bacardipr05

    September 22, 2010 at 1:21 am

    BravoMan i agree in both games we had plenty of chances to deliver knockout blows an we didnt capitalize. As far as Werth i always wanted him to resign im sure the majority of fans do. However RAJ general disinterest leaves me to believe this aint going to happen. He will be miss by fans and by players both. I hope we can wrap this up Roy1 looks a little worn out folks. He may need to be rested and maybe give Worley a start. However still needs to be work done…

  24. BravoMan

    September 22, 2010 at 1:36 am

    biz, no douche, your Phillies didn’t steamroll anybody. The Braves steamrolled themselves. Keep thinking that way if it makes you all warm and fuzzy inside though.

    Internet warrior… haven’t heard that one before. (rolls eyes)

  25. Andrew from waldorf

    September 22, 2010 at 1:41 am

    Internet warrior

    I prefer feeble minded or

    keyboard tough guy
    1.Someone who attemtps to pick fights with anyone and everyone on a blog.
    2.Someone who argues just to get a raise out of someone else online

  26. biz

    September 22, 2010 at 3:07 am


    Douche? Haven’t heard that one before. *Rolls eyes*

    You Braves fans are all the same. Do they pass out a talking points memo that forbids you to give the other team props after a loss? This is the 2nd blog tonight I have seen Braves fans make the claim that they beat themselves. Y’all beat yourselves right out of the post season. Y’all are getting swept tomorrow. lol

  27. BrewTown PhilsPhan

    September 22, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Is it possible that Halladay could win the Cy Young and be the third starter in the playoffs? If so, would that be a baseball first?

  28. bfo_33

    September 22, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Roy has 20 wins, almost assured of the CY Young. With the Braves 5 out with 10 to go, the offense doing it’s thing pretty consistently, maybe give him 1 more start with an early hook. Hopefully, the Braves will beat themselves again tonight (apparently, the Phils have very little to do with it), end the race.
    Halladay is one of the major reasons we got here, would rather see him strong in the playoffs than getting another couple of meaningless wins. Based upon the way Hamels and Oswalt are pitching, Doc looks like the 3rd starter.

  29. Bob

    September 22, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Halladay was fine, his stuff is fine. His arm is fine.

    He’s ever so slightly off right now. No big deal here.

    Take this game by game, wrap this up and give H2O the rest that they have earned.

  30. Brooks

    September 22, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Last year Cliff Lee was 2-4 with an ERA over 6 in his last 7 games. He managed to find the switch for the post season.

    On another note, Ubaldo Jimenez pitches tonight for the Rox and has at least 1 more start. He’s 19-6 with a 2.84 ERA. If he wins his last 2 appearances, especially after that historic first half of the season, does he get the NL CY nod? If Doc is rested, which I dont believe Cholly will and Jimenez runs up 2 more victories – well, I really dont know how important the award is to Roy but my assumption is that he will want the ball. I know to the city the award is very important, we know Roy is the CY.

    The other pitcher in contention is Wainwright. His ERA is lower and based on a 5 day rotation, he would start 2 more games both against the Pittsburgh Pirates. That means he would not see the ball in the last 4 game home series vs the Rockies. But, who knows what La Russa has in mind?

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  32. teejvee

    September 22, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Halladay is the favorite to win the CY Young right now, slight lead over Wainwright.

    But one of the above posters was right . He has not been a dominant pitcher for about a month now. At this point he SHOULD be the # 3 going into the playoffs. But the chances of that happening are 0 % . He will start game 1 assuming they get there

  33. King

    September 22, 2010 at 9:12 am

    What a great game, it’s nice to see Werth coming back to reality with RISP. He’s been getting them in recently which is very good to see. Halladay even with all those innings pitched is still better than 90% of the pitchers out there, not worried about him. Get Oswalt the ball tonight, complete the sweep and get the magic number down to 4.

    Either way, our playoff chances are 99.9% according to baseballprospectus.

  34. sportsphan

    September 22, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Am going to the game tonight and can’t wait. When my husband and I bought the tickets back in the spring, we hoped to see the clinching game, but that ain’t gonna happen. Last week we bought tickets for the Tuesday game in Washington, hoping for the same thing, but I don’t think it’s going to take that long. I think we clinch this weekend. What is the opinion of some others on here?

  35. sportsphan

    September 22, 2010 at 9:28 am

    And, in a side note, who do you think we’ll see play when we’re down in Washington? Vance Worley pitching? Francisco and Brown in the outfield? Dobbs at third? Schneider behind the plate? Let me know who I might have forgotten.

  36. Chuck

    September 22, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Some of the comments around 1:00 in the morning are pretty hilarious.

    Anyway…I’m pretty sure the Philadelphia Phillies are “steamrolling” right now.


    Jayson Werth: NO WAY he takes a 2 year deal as someone suggested earlier in the thread. Four years MINIMUM is what it will take for his services. Probably more like five.

  37. Phillistein

    September 22, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Yikes – Halladay first Phillies righthander to win 20 since 1955 – 55 years!!!!

    My highlights from last night:

    1. Werth (obviously) just crushing that ball. Enjoy him while it lasts. We REALLY are going to need a heavy hitting righty next year. Too late to make D-Brown a switch hitter?

    2. Twinkle toes at shortstop. Been watching baseball more years than I care to admit – have never seen that.

    3. McCann at third. I mean really, do the Braves NOT pay attention?Even if they don’t read the scouting reports they’ve palyed the Phillies enough to know Vic’s arm.

    4. Ibanez. Yeah – he’s not the player he once was. Who is when they’re in their late 30’s. But the guy’s just a professional ballplayer. I love professional ballplayers.

    There are more but these are the top 4

  38. bfo_33

    September 22, 2010 at 9:37 am

    This is where Charlie needs to put his foot down. Roy has a Cy Young, he doesn’t have a ring. He’d take the ball if his arm was falling off. The Phils have been successful because they strive for TEAM not individual awards. Jimenez or Wainwright can take comfort in the CY Young watching Oct baseball at home.

    Beat the Braves tonight, and they are 6 games out – done (with the way the Phils are playing, the Braves are done now, but tonight will make it official). Give H2O one more start each (with early hooks), then finish up with Blanton, KK, Worley, and abuse the b-bullpen (Baez, Herndon, Zagurski,…).

    Also after tonight, rest at least 2 regulars every night – Howard should not play back to back games for the rest of the season, let that ankle heal (he’s definitely a little gimpy) – maybe give him the whole Nats series off. Same with PP.

  39. bfo_33

    September 22, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Sportsphan – Sweeney/Gload at first.

  40. Chuck

    September 22, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Remember, though…..the Phillies still would need to shoot for the best record for home-field. So you can’t just put all scrubs out there every night. Rest a guy here, one there, give H20 a few innings of work….and it will probably be ok.

  41. Hot dogs

    September 22, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I beleive you need to rest players but they also need to be sharp for the playoffs. I would not rest Howard too much, he needs the abs to keep his timing. Use the one day off and keep the rotation the same until we clinch. Then I would pull the starters after 5 innings.

  42. Chuck

    September 22, 2010 at 9:59 am

    I love Jimmy Rollins but right now, the way Wilson Valdez is contributing, does anyone really care…..???……


  43. Bob in Bucks

    September 22, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I have been saying for a long time that trading JRoll is the way to go. We all love him but he is NOT critical to the team at this point. He has a relatively low salary for next year (8.5) and has a great pedigree. As trade bait we could pick up some good prospects at least – we will need someone in the bullpen next year.

    The savings ($8+ if you go out a few years) will be needed to get a RH OF bat to replace Werth.

  44. Brooks

    September 22, 2010 at 10:35 am

    That is not going to happen Bob –

    One of the things that Jayson said is that they are going after the best record in baseball – which is probably baloney, the manager will determine who is playing and who isn’t.

    It is really hard to imagine the Phils sweeping the Braves in this 3 game set but its even harder to imagine Roy Oswalt losing a game at this point. He has been amazing! I think the only way the Phils lose tonight is by an offensive shut down (which we are not unfamiliar with..). If the Phils score 3 or more runs I’d say the magic # is down to 4 after tonight.

  45. Chuck

    September 22, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I’m not saying we should trade Rollins. I just wonder if he so damaged this season that maybe shutting him down til Spring Training isn’t the long-term answer. Valdez certainly is capable and we’re really not missing a beat right now.

    I don’t know….

  46. Brooks

    September 22, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Valdez has been awesome. The real deal and I think if Jimmy is used at all during the playoffs there should be a short, very short leash.

  47. The Original Chuck P

    September 22, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Some nonsense on this thread…

    Valdez has been awesome but a suitable replacement for Jimmy Rollins… really? Might I remind you that Valdez is 32 y/o and he’s a career .239 hitter. He has stolen 5 bases this year in 300 ab’s to Jimmy’s 17 (in a few more ab’s… in a bum leg). You’re all crazy… this season, maybe we have the luxury of resting Jimmy a little longer but we’re going to need him next year. If Werth does leave, we’ll need Jimmy to step up.

    If Werth leaves it will sting… Dom Brown can replace him but he’ll have his growing pains. I know that it seems very unlikely that Werth is back next year but I think we should wait until this season is over to declare anything. A quick reminder… a lot of people that are saying Werth is gone were also saying that Howard was all about the money and he would walk… it can be done (a 5 year deal that is heavy on the back end) but it all depends on whether both sides are willing to take some risk.

    Doc – 20 game winner, Cy front runner and absolute stud… he’s the guy that no one wants to see heading into the playoffs and that will be our game 1 starter. It’s not like his velocity is down; he’s probably working on some things and he seems like a guy that has pitched his best this season in tight games… we have given him a decent lead in his last three starts and it has seemed like he has struggled a little bit but his arm is ok and he’s not fatigued; I think we’ll see him flip the switch again when it matters.

  48. Philly Texan

    September 22, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Wilson Valdez isn’t the real deal!

    I’m not going to take anything away from him. He’s played great for us at three different positions this year. And the Phils wouldn’t be in this position w/o him.

    But he’s still a slick fielder who can’t hit. And that makes him no Jimmy Rollins. J-Roll is just as good in the field, and a much greater potential at the plate.

    Let me ask you: What would have happened last year in the NLCS if Wilson Valdez were batting against Broxton with 2 outs in the 9th?

    We’re too quick to write off players. J-Roll’s season has been frustrating, but he’s still a big part of our team (especially if Victorino cools off, which I hope he doesn’t).

    I suspect we’ll need Rollins in the playoffs. So I hope that hammy heals up soon and he gets some ABs before the season ends.

  49. bostonkate

    September 22, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I am personally excited to purchase a red sox jersey with werth’s name on it.

  50. Chuck

    September 22, 2010 at 11:38 am

    I take responsibility for starting the Valdez/Rollins talk.


    Guys (Original C.P. in particular)…. I never said that Wilson Valdez was a suitable replacement LONG-TERM for Jimmy Rollins. What I said was that Rollins is so banged up this season and Valdez has been awesome. And….RIGHT NOW….we’re really not missing a beat.

    Valdez is nothing short of amazing in the field. AND…he’s hitting ABOVE AVERAGE.

    Is that the answer for next year?? Obviously not. But right now I would not feel uncomfortable at all using Valdez in the playoffs if Rollins really can’t play or even play effectively.

    I’m not “writing off” anyone, especially Jimmy Rollins.

  51. Chuck

    September 22, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Wilson Valdez would have homered off Broxton.

  52. Chuck

    September 22, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Who remembers the 1978 World Series??

    Willie Randolph, the starting 2B for the Yankees missed that Series due to a hammy. Brian Doyle, a career .161 hitter, filled in and in 6 games hit .438.

    Sometimes those role players are what makes championships.

  53. Philly Texan

    September 22, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Chuck, an opposite field homer, no doubt, into the upper deck…..

    Seriously, I don’t think Rollins is that injured. I think he’s being extra cautious right now because of the timing. If this were June, he’d probably be playing.

    But he knows if he re-injures this thing—and hamstring pulls tend to linger are awfully easy to re-injure—and he’s out another three weeks, then his season is over.

    So I think he’s waiting till he’s totally healed, which is smart. I just hope he gets some at bats in before the playoffs.

    And I want him back for the playoffs. Rollins is a clutch player. And I don’t know how someone like Valdez will react to the pressure of the postseason.


    September 22, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Well guys i hate to bust your bubbles,(the ones who want rest for roy)charlie has pushed kk back to monday so blanton,cole,and yes ROY#1 will pitch vs mutts!!!!!!!!!!!!


    September 22, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    So that put kk pitching vs the nats?????DONT THEY OWM HIM?


    September 22, 2010 at 12:11 pm


  57. The Original Chuck P

    September 22, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Chuck – you merely started the conversation; the other folks took it a few steps further.

    I would agree with you that if we have to go with Valdez, that’s not terrible. If he’s hot, you’ve gotta call it like it is. Regardless, he’s our #8 hitter… not going to matter much who’s batting 8th.


    If we make it to the big series, J-Roll almost has to be in the lineup.

  58. GWFightinsFan

    September 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I wonder if maybe they should skip Halladay’s next start or two…just to make sure he’s as fresh and rested as possible for the postseason…

  59. The Original Chuck P

    September 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Halladay will get an extra day of rest at some point… I would love to see what they do once they wrap this thing up. How do they plan on managing innings?

  60. Andrew from waldorf

    September 22, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Roy I think has the Cy locked up. He has 1 more start and it will be limited. Ubaldo hasnt been good at all since the all star break and Wainwrights not even playing on a winner. Even with 0 starts from here on out Roy is the winner. And I suspect they will throw him 1 more vs a lesser team and he will pitch 6 with 0-2 ER and pick up another W.

    Somone mentioned him starting game 3 in a playoff series.
    Thats funny.
    Doc starts game 1 of every series if possible. Love the fans though. I love Cole and Roy 2 also but Doc is the ace of spades. The prettiest card in the deck and the highest ranking. Oswalt is the ace of clubs and Cole is the ace of diamonds.

  61. Chuck

    September 22, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Sure, if Rollins can play….really play….then I want him out there. But it’s nice to know that we have someone like Valdez in our back pocket in case he’s needed.

    And I think he (Valdez) would be just fine under postseason pressure. He’s no kid.


    About a month ago I said that the Phillies would need 95 wins for the division. Closing in on that….and maybe more. Who’d have thunk it!!

  62. Philly Texan

    September 22, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    I agree with everything you just wrote—including the 95-win prediction. (Hard to believe they need only four more wins to reach that. 43-15….what a run!)

    I’m very glad we have Valdez as insurance for Rollins. But I’m definitely hoping J-Roll is back healthy for the playoffs.

  63. Kate

    September 22, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Honestly, I love Doc Halladay and he is superb.

    But during this home stretch, I think Cole has earned the right to go in Game 1. He doesn’t seem as tired as Doc has and giving Doc an extra day or two between the end of regular season and beginning of post-season would benefit that arm of his.

    Of course, with what Oswalt has done here, I wouldn’t have been surprised to see him in Game 1 if he’d been here all season.

    I like Doc for Game 1 of the NLCS and the WS (knock on wood). But I think Cole has been proving all season long that we can’t go wrong handing him the ball for the first game of the division series.

  64. Brooks

    September 22, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    95 wins? That would mean the Phils would go 4-6 in their last 10 games. I really dont think that is going to happen. Even if the Phils went 4-6, the Braves would then need to take a 9-1 run in the final 10 to tie. Hahahaha…

    I’m thinking more along 97 wins for the Phils, not the best record in all baseball but certainly in the NL.

    The West still has it going.
    Rockies – 82-68, 12 games left 4 games to end the season at St.Louis and 3 games at the Giants. Pretty much a miracle has to happen and we know the Rockies have done this in the past. But, it looks like an 8-4 finish with taking the Giants 2-1 in their head to head.
    SD – 84-66, 12 games left. They play 3 vs the Reds and 3 at SF. I think they lose the Reds and Giants series and wind up 6-6 in the last 12 for a
    Giants – 85-66, 11 games left. They play 3 at Colorado and play 3 vs SD. I think the Giants do it, going 6-5 or 7-4 to win their division

    In the meantime, the Braves are still in the hunt for the WC!
    They have 10 games left and lets face it with the way the Braves have handled September so far (9-11), nothing is a given. When the Braves host the Phils at the end of the season for 3, and say the Phils have clinched, we are all hoping for at least some regulars to get a blow or 2.
    So, perhaps that series goes 1-2). Of course there is a win tonight (can anyone see Roy Oswalt losing a game here?) but that leaves 6 games vs the Nats and the Marlins. So, give them 4-2 vs them, 2-2 vs us – we are looking at
    92-70 and the WC

    Who would the Phils face first? Team #2 faces the WC in this case. Reds vs Braves. Phils vs SF.


  65. Phan in the outfield

    September 22, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I generally agree w/Chuck on most things. But nothing is a given with the Phils & nothing is sealed w/this division yet. I still don’t trust the Braves. They’re lulling us into a false sense of security.

    When the team was in that hell-like mid-summer slump I was taking it on the chin from the Mets fans in my office – nightmare stuff. I mouthed off & said, “Yuck it up bung-heads, see you in Sept.” And. They. Laughed. I can’t help but feel some vindication now.

    I think in large part so many of the last few games have been won literally b/c of a choice few players. But the thing about this team is when one isn’t ON, the next one IS. We can count on it. They pick up where one leaves off. And they never ever berrate each other about it. During that mid-summer heinous slump every guy interviewed: Howard, Rollins, Victorino, Werth, Halladay, Utley, and on and on ALL of them said we’d be right where we are now. They believed in the team as a whole. Impressive to say the least.

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