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Hamels Blows Through 13 Marlins, Phillies Win 2-1

He didn’t have his best stuff early, but Cole Hamels overcame his location deficiencies to lead the Phillies to a 2-1 win. Hamels was able to zone in and eventually dominate a hackin’ Marlins order to the tune of 13 strikeouts.

The Phillies numero dos went 6 2/3 strong innings, 127-pitches strong, and walked two while giving up just one run. That first inning run did break his personal 25 1/3 inning scoreless streak, however, Hamels was dealing beyond that shaky opening frame. Those 127 pitches are a career high.

Charlie Manuel rode his horse knowing that the Phillies have an extra day to rest him this week.

On the offensive side, the scoring began early as Shane Victorino led off with a single, followed by a Plaicdo Polanco double off of starter Adalberto Mendez. Florida countered with their lone run thanks to a spinning cue shot by Dan Uggla that didn’t get out of the infield, but did score stud rookie Logan Morrison.

In the fifth inning, Mendez ran out of gas and loaded the bases, making way for Burke Badenhop. He got the bearded one, Jayson Werth, to ground out to third, which was enough to get Victorino home for the winning run. That it, that’s all. Hamels was a one man wrecking machine.

Kudos to the bullpen as well. Chad Durbin got the final out of the seventh inning, then gave the ball to Ryan Madson who allowed two base runners, but induced a ground out by catcher Brad Davis. Brad Lidge, who hadn’t seen action in eight days because of a tight elbow, came on for another clean save, his 94th as a Phillies.

It wasn’t always pretty, but the Phillies gutted out nine tough innings in the humidity of South Florida to jump ahead by two games in the NL East. The Atlanta Braves lost 6-0 to Livan Hernandez and the Nationals tonight, allowing the Phils to pad that lead. Roy Halladay is pitching tomorrow for the sweep. Against who, you ask? It hasn’t been determined yet, which bodes well for the Phils.



  1. Andrew from waldorf

    September 14, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Big win
    Team has come together at the right time.
    Werth 1-49 with RISP. I like Shane first and Jimmy 5th

    I am probably the only one who things Halladay vs the Marlins pen tomorrow could be trouble. I hope it isnt though and its a blow out.

  2. Andrew from waldorf

    September 14, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Padres beat Rockies again.
    Had to figure colorado to cool off a little at some point.
    Thats good for the Phillies rather they dont make it at all.
    Colorado came close

  3. Scott in D.C.

    September 14, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    I don’t take anything for granted, either. … Honestly, I thought the Marlins pitched well tonight — especially the bullpen. The ump was pretty erratic. There were quite a few hard outs, too. All in all, I like this win; they did what they needed to do.

  4. Ryan

    September 15, 2010 at 12:16 am

    I love the fact that Brad Lidge ran a few deep counts, but didn’t walk anybody. That’s key for him to not give in to batters…Not to mention a 1-2-3 inning…and holy crap his ERA is half of what it was last year.

    He and Madson have suddenly become a reliable 8th & 9th duo.

    Now come on rest of the bullpen…let’s go.

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  6. bacardipr05

    September 15, 2010 at 1:38 am

    Great win….i bet my co-worker the Phils wouldnt score more than 2 runs…I think in a twisted way this has made Cole a better pitcher….the fact the offense doesnt score when he pitches…I truly believe if not for his shaky starts at the beginning of the season and if he had more run support he would be in the voting for CY Young…

  7. Nunzio Scholeri

    September 15, 2010 at 1:59 am

    Cole has a better strikeout/inning rate than Halladay, but a worse WHIP, and as bacardipr05 says, if he hadn’t gotten off to a slow start he’d have some terrifying numbers. Makes one excited for next year, if he can keep rolling at this level.

    Makes one even MORE excited for the playoffs. I hope we all realize that there is a very real possibility that our Phillies could head into the playoffs with the entire front 3 of the rotation having ERAs under 3.00. What a delightful feeling.

  8. fred

    September 15, 2010 at 4:51 am

    Nice win, Cole was ace. How can you knock Werth when he drove in the winning run, albeit with a weak grounder. But you take them however they come. How can you want Rollins batting 5th in an important spot in the lineup ?? He’s been atrocious this year, no average, no walks, no power. Rollins should be hitting 8th when he comes back based on performance, not that that’s likely to happen. The orders fine as it is, Victorino leading off followed by Polanco, Utley, Howard, Werth and then Ibanez. Ruiz does a good job getting on base lower in the order and they’re scoring plenty of runs with the lineup as it is, so why mess around with it ? The big question is, at the moment who would you want pitching in game 7 of the WS out of the big 3 ? Nice situation to be in

  9. NJ

    September 15, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Cole doesn’t have the numbers except for the K/9 rate to support serious Cy Young contention but he’s having a career year, shows what some guys can do when they put the work in off the field.

    Thinking about it in the time I’ve followed baseball I don’t think I’ve seen a better 1-2-3 in terms of credentials coupled with those guys doing it then and there. For the last two months the 3 guys combined are sporting an ERA just over 2.25. In that time their 15-5 and in 4 of those loses the pitchers surrendered no more than 3 runs.. Incredible

  10. Chuck

    September 15, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Yeah, I can’t really say much more than some of the posters already did above. Cole was absolutely pitching out of his mind last night. In that last inning, the 7th, you could just tell that he was a man on a serious mission, almost possessed it would seem. He was hungry and on fire. You gotta love it.

  11. bfo_33

    September 15, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Probably have to go back the Yanks in the late 90s (Cone, Petite, El Duque, Wells in 98 or in 99 add Clemens, take out Wells) to get anything close.

    Maybe Vic has permanenly turned a corner on his approach to lead-off? I hope so, he has been a run generating machine the last week.

    The threat of Werth going long is just as important to Utley/Howard as the acutal result, don’t think Jimmy brings that to the table. Bat him 7th when he comes back, he’ll get some rbi shots, as well as a 2nd leadoff guy without pressure.

  12. Brooks

    September 15, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Question: Doc’s last 4 appearances are more pedestrian (not terrible) and he is 2-2;

    28.2 IP
    31 Hits
    14 runs
    8 hrs
    3 walks
    21 SO
    4.47 ERA

    If Roy gives up 4 or more runs, or say gives up 2 or more HR’s tonight, does he get a blow? Would it be official that he might need to fuel up some?

    Both Cole and Oswalt have been virtually unstoppable as of late – Cheeseburger looks like he has started to come around some. Any thoughts?

  13. Chuck

    September 15, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Doc looks tired to me. I think Charlie and Dubee should….and will…keep a close eye on his pitch count. Fortunately, the off days help.

  14. Brooks

    September 15, 2010 at 8:29 am

    I’m looking at the schedule, unless the Braves completely fall apart (I think they are some now in the heat of the race), there really is no way to give Doc a day off. The Phils end their road trip tonight and start a 9 game home stand, their last of the season.

    Damn this is close. Phils need to continue this scorching pace in September (11-3), beat the Braves at least 4 out of the 6 they play them and hope the Braves continue to sputter. The Braves are 6-8 in September so far. Both teams have 13 games left this month and lets face it, the Fish and the Muts look terrible. We’ll find out starting Friday first hand about the Nats – they are sure giving the Braves a problem. We play them 6 more times this month.

    Smokes! Hold on everyone!

  15. Chuck

    September 15, 2010 at 8:41 am

    I was talking about the Thursday off day as Doc’s extra day. Nothing more than that. So he pitches tonight. Off tomorrow. His next turn in the rotation would be Tuesday against the Braves.

    And I think if the Phils have a nice lead….and Doc is somewhere around 7 innings/100 pitches….he should be pulled. We want him nice and fresh for the Bravos next week.

  16. NJ

    September 15, 2010 at 8:48 am

    You know I think the best thing about the Phillies right now is that the team is losing games crazy at it sounds. The logic here is in almost all cases team hot streaks aren’t sustainable, double digit hits that score lots of runs in bunches coupled with excellent pitching isn’t going to last.

    Right now the Phillies are playing in a way that could translate to play-off baseball. The team hasn’t lost more than one game in a series in the last 6 series. In the play-offs your going to lose games and have to bounce back and if baseball is all about repeating and making adjustments maybe as much as every win makes the Phils a dangerous play-off team, every loss might make the Phils even more dangerous.

  17. Scott in D.C.

    September 15, 2010 at 9:27 am

    I definitely think Doc is showing signs of overwork. But what are you gonna do? The team has a slim division lead, and he’s never pitched in the playoffs. This is what he’s always wanted: a shot at a pennant.

  18. Chuck

    September 15, 2010 at 9:41 am

    NJ…good point. Losses can definitely serve to build a teams’ character and guile…make them a STRONGER team. Remember…in the postseason a team needs to win 11 games out of a possible 19 to get to the promised land. If that team plays all 19 to win it it’s an 11-8 record….not really something that during the regular season you would boast about necessarily.

  19. Phillistein

    September 15, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Hey Brook,

    Here’s the thing about the Braves – they did well this year based on their starting pitching and a little defense.

    In September everyone is tired – pitchers especially. (Halladay is a good example – he’s in great shape but after all those innings he’s wearing down. Oswalt is so pumped to be out of Houston that he could probably pitch into December.)

    Anyway, as I was saying about the Braves – they just don’t have the horses to overcome bad starts by their pitchers.

    They have a HORRIBLE road record and they’re about to head out on a 9 game road trip. Going to be very tough for them the next week and a half. We’re in pretty good shape knock wood. It is conceivable that the Braves could be done 3-4 games by the time that last series in Atlanta rolls around.

  20. NJ

    September 15, 2010 at 9:57 am

    You know something in me says I’d rather the Braves win the wildcard than a team from the west, better the devil you know…

  21. bfo_33

    September 15, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Mets must have a shatload of character.

    Losing games just as often builds a mentality of losing. Struggling, finding ways to win when you aren’t feeling your best or don’t have your best guys out there builds character. The character of the current team was built in 2007, when they got rid of Abreu and had to count on others to win games. IT continued through 08, 09, and was enhanced when they had the injury bug, and still found a way to stay close. Now, they know they can win games with Valdez, Schneider, Sweeney, Ben Fran,….

    Winning last night when no one could do anything with risp, but Cole gutted it out after a rocky first inning, bad weather, and an inconsistent plate ump built a whole lot more character than if they lost the game.

  22. Chuck

    September 15, 2010 at 10:26 am

    NJ, I was thinking the same about facing the Braves in the playoffs. No way do I want the Rockies and the Padres are coming back to life. When the Phillies swept them a few weeks ago the Pads were just beginning their slump. But it looks like they’ve emerged and could be strong right into October.

  23. Phillistein

    September 15, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Couldn’t agree more bfo

    Cholly should win Manager of the Year although he probably won’t because everyone will look at the pitching staff and say EVEN Jerry Manual could have won with that staff.

    However, the larger picture for those who followed the team this year is how he kept it together with spit and glue and a bunch of role players when the studs went down. (For all you Werth haters out there – the man has was THE Iron Horse this year.)

    It’s not over yet goodness knows. But with the best record in the NL, Ruben and Cholly should get the credit they deserve. It has not been easy!

  24. Phillistein

    September 15, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Chuck – Rockies don’t scare me – sorry.

    Question: How do you get to the World Series?

    Answer: Take Houston Street

    Padres are hardly an offensive juggernaut. our pitching should be able to shut them down. The teams I worry about the most are the Giants and the Reds.

    Giants, like Pads, are not scary offensively. But if their pitching gets hot – watch out. And the Reds are a team on a mission. They could have folded after getting swept by St. louis – but they didn’t.

    Frankly, I think we match up well against everyone.

  25. pheeling it

    September 15, 2010 at 10:39 am

    What was Cole’s problem last year? Giving up home runs?

    I can’t remember the last time Cole have up a HR! He is pitching great

  26. Chuck

    September 15, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Good matchups or not…..the postseason is a completely different animal. We should take NO ONE for granted.

  27. The Original Chuck P

    September 15, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Bring em all on… I want Holyfield! Our rotation is PHILTHY… Oswalt is 6-1 with a 1.94 ERA since joining the Phils, the NL Cy Young award is Halladay’s to lose at this point and what else is there to say about Hamels?

    Cole = Stud; last year was an aberration (a result of a long and stressful 2008 campaign). It’s time to stop acting like Cole is expendable and anything less than what he is. He’s the guy that won the 2008 WS MVP and he’s the guy I want out there when it matters.

    Hamels is tied with Halladay for 2nd in the NL in strikeouts.

    Braves lose, as I predicted yesterday… that lineup of “role players” are playing like role players and that rotation is what it is. Hudson is solid but he has already pitched more innings that he has pitched since 2007, Lowe is hanging on by a thread, Jurrjens is trying to pitch through an injury (has been inconsistent since coming back from the DL) and Hanson is a sophomore (nuff said). Besides Prado and Heyward, what do they have? Sorry… I don’t see it.

    Rockies scare me… I hate that ballpark… but they’ve got an uphill battle. Cardinals are effectively out of it if Pujols can’t play. Padres have a deep rotation but they’re young and their pen is overused. The Reds are solid but I don’t think they have the pitching unless Volquez can string together 2 or 3 solid starts (his last start was really good but I think they’ll want to see a couple more before they feel good enough to start him in a playoff game). Giants have pitching but not much else and their pitching hasn’t been great. The NL is playing down right now but I would bet that at least one of those teams emerges as a real threat. Right now, we are clearly the best team in the NL.

  28. King

    September 15, 2010 at 11:13 am

    It’s amazing how people are sitting here saying they wouldn’t want to face team A and would rather face team B. Let’s win the division first.

    Second, imagine how scared those same teams you guys are all mentioning are of playing the phillies in the postseason. The Phillies ARE the team to beat in the NL right now, and they ARE the hottest team in playoff contention right now.

  29. Chuck

    September 15, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Yeah, I agree. We’re the best team in the NL….for all the reasons you stated, Original. But I’ve seen too many “best teams” lose in the first round for one reason or another so that’s why I said we should take NO ONE for granted. That’s why they play the games.

    Baseball’s crazy I’ll tell ya…

  30. The Original Chuck P

    September 15, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Halladay/Sosa tonight… Braves have Minor going against John Lannan.

    ML teams seem to have figured something out about Minor… that being said, he could come out and pitch well and it wouldn’t surprise me. If the Nats swing the bats like they did last night, the Braves will find themselves 3 games back tomorrow.

  31. Bart Shart

    September 15, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Kudos go to Cole Hamels, the Phils bullpen and Shane Victorino who showed tenacity and guts last night. Too bad the offense, except for Victorino, showed little. Tonight they may surprise us all with a parade of runs. Fingers crossed that Halladay gets #19.

  32. King

    September 15, 2010 at 11:53 am


    Do I really need to list the reasons, it’s the same as everybody always knows. Best overall record, offense getting hot at the right time, best pitchers 1-3 etc etc. I don’t have time to look up stats. Go on any of the contending playoff team blogs and you’ll see similar discussion about who they would rather play…nobody wants to play the phillies.

    I never said the Phillies should lay back and relax…that’s why I said let them win the division first. Obviously if they take a team for granted good things aren’t going to happen.

  33. King

    September 15, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Ignore the above post I definitely read your post wrong, thought you were talking to me. My baaddddddd

  34. Chuck

    September 15, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    No problemmmmmmmmm, KingMan.

  35. Manny

    September 15, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I see everrrryyyyyone is back on the King Cole bandwagon again…

  36. Brooks

    September 15, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    I’m hoping the series loss by the Rox to the Pads will ease some of the intentions that the Rox are scary. They are not.

    The Reds are great – they have beaten all the teams they should beat – and decisively so. I had to break this down – vs bad teams they have a .716 winning percentage. VS teams with a better than .500 record they are 16-31.

    The Phils on the other hand vs clubs that have a .500 record or worse are 47-34, a .580 winning percentage – Mostly inpart to their recent ‘Fishing’ expedition, they are 12-5 vs the Fish now and are 5-1 vs Milwaukee – that would leave a 30-28 record vs the rest of the slugs. Including a losing record to the Cubs, Pirates, Astros. The Phils are currently 8-7 vs the Muts, 7-5 vs the Nats. VS teams that are currently in contention, the Phils own a 28-19 record, a .596 winning percentage.

    Point, you win the scrub games, you need to or you find yourself scrambling like we are right now. The Phils should have a comfortable 5 or 6 game lead at this point.

  37. Chuck

    September 15, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Winning 10 staight. Coming out of almost nowhere. Doing the same schtick as the past few years.

    Yeah, the Rockies got my attention.

    Are they scary?? Well….maybe not exactly SCARY.

    But they are the kind of team that can catch fire and almost do anything. The Padres cooled them off a bit.

    Still…they are in it.

  38. King

    September 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Braves down 4-0 in the bottom of the third off of a Grand Slam from Maxwell.

  39. Lefty

    September 15, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Respectfully, I think there’s a flaw in your logic. The Reds can beat up on all the scrubs they want. There won’t be any of those for them to play after October 3rd.

    16-31 against teams over .500- To me that’s a big time red flag. We don’t get to play the Cubs,Pirates and Brewers 18 games a piece. Our division has virtually only one team below .500

  40. psujoe

    September 15, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    It’s the playoffs. Anything can happen. Get there as rested as possible with the highest seed possible and play all out. Can’t worry about who your playing.

  41. Pat Gallen

    September 15, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Original Chuck P: Was that a Norman Schwartzkopf/Chris Farley/SNL reference with “I want Holyfield!”..Excellent choice if so.

    I think Doc is lagging a bit, he hasn’t had his best stuff in a while, but there is no turning back. They needed every ounce of him to get this far this season, so they have to run him. It’s the only way to go now. Unless they end up with a 7 game lead with 4 days left in the season, there is no rest for the weary.

  42. jeff

    September 15, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Listen we are the best in the NL. The only team I am afraid of is us. Thats the only team that can beat us. With our three starters, Madson and Lidge we will be tough to beat. Hamels is out pitching anyone in baseball right now. This guy is nasty. I think the competion with all three is bringing out his best. We all knew this guy had the talent to become one of the top pitchers in baseball. Just nasty. Just keep on winning. Lets get a nice 6 game cushion on the Braves. Win tonight and they lose and its up to 3. One game at a time.

  43. Lefty

    September 15, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Speaking of “they lose” – bottom of the 7th and they(‘re) lose(ing) 4-2

  44. Lefty

    September 15, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I know it’s too much to expect other teams to have such a loyal fan base as the Phillies that fill the park every night, but the amount of fans at Turner Field right now to watch a team in the pennant and wildcard race is a disgrace.

  45. Chuck

    September 15, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Cole IS nasty…


  46. biz

    September 15, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Looks like the Braves are turning into the team I was expecting them to be in July. It took a few more months, but better late then never. They played way over their heads most of the season. They almost pulled a 93 Phillies, but it’s not going to happen.

  47. biz

    September 15, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Regarding Doc: Plenty of pitchers hit walls during parts of the season and bounce back. It happens. In weightlifting it’s called hitting a plateau. There are ways to get thru it. If “Doc’s Wall/Plateau” is 7 innings and 3/4 runs, I can live with that. Even when he doesn’t have his best stuff he gives you a QS. That’s all we need.


    September 15, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Braves lose-Braves lose-LETS GO PHILLIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. Lefty

    September 15, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Down goes the Braves!

  50. Andrew from waldorf

    September 15, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Someone was on here 2 days ago saying that the braves would lose the next 2 games.
    Not to mention telling people no 2 teams from the NL east 6 weeks ago. And that doesnt mean the Phillies werent always going to make it.
    Paging Bravoturd

  51. Lefty

    September 15, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Biz -agree with you. I’ll take Doc’s worst outings over most other ptichers.

  52. jeff

    September 15, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Doc needs be himself tonight. Score a few runs for him. 3 games up and life is good. That would be huge.

  53. Andrew from waldorf

    September 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    In July they would be the ones facing the sorry marlins pitchers why we faced Hernandez and Lannan. But now they face them and we wont face Hernandez and Lanaan.

    Luck is a funny thing. It always runs out. Especially when you are running red hot lucky.

    Maybe Cox can watch the post season on the couch with Lawrence.
    It was a nice story. Lots of come backs. Bobbys last year. Yadda Yadda yadda.
    Cream always rises to the top. Will be nice in a week when the phils can cruise in and rest certain players and play certain players who need reps to get ready for the playoffs.

  54. Adam

    September 15, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    The braves luck had to end. They had a simply absurd run of game winning hits and ridiculous comebacks. All told this team is not that talented (I mean they were playing Brooks Conrad at third for a time). Also, the national media might want to hop off of Martin Prado’s d*ck. He the poor man’s Placido Polanco.

    It is time the best team takes complete control. What is funny is that Atlanta fans do not even deserve a good team. 29k showed up last night to watch them. What a disgrace.

  55. Andrew from waldorf

    September 15, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Adam the 29K is so over inflated.
    Like today I am sure they will say 25,000 or whatever but its all make believe. There are ways to inflate attendence numbers.
    And this is for a first place team that is hypotheticly in contention.
    They think the Marlins will draw with thier new stadium. I dont buy that either.

  56. Andrew from waldorf

    September 15, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    They are claiming 19,237 today
    I bet it was less than half.
    I swear for one of those day games that started at noon there.
    There werent 1000 people in the stands. I mean literaly no one.

  57. biz

    September 15, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    They claim ticket sales as attendance. Their season ticket holders NEVER show up. That place is a ghost town. I saw a panoramic of the stadium on a night they claimed to have 35k and it was empty. How can there be no one in the outfield bleachers, empty seats behind home, and an attendance of 35k? Short answer, there can’t be. They get 12-25k at best. And today, they may have had 10k, but I seriously doubt it.

  58. bfo_33

    September 15, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Somewhere in the late 90s, attendance for all of the mlb changed from the turnstyles to sold tix. CBP and Fenway are the only two stadiums that routinely fill up anymore. Yankee stadium typically has as big a crowd as CBP, but since it’s capacity is @ 55k, and the tix are mucho dinero, always has a lot of empty seats. Cincy is getting there, but still rebuilding the fanbase. Atlanta hasn’t been a baseball town for a while, even though they are competitve year after year. The Marlins new stadium is going to be a total embarassment – lucky to avg 10k, waste of taxpayer money. They should have moved the team to Nashville.

  59. jeff

    September 15, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I cant get into the fans in the seats. Yes, we sell out everynight. That is great but tickets are so expensive. This will be my last season with season tickets. Im sure they will go up next season as well. I sell some on stubb hubb to make back some of the money. Its become a joke what pro sports are charging. These players are making millions. To go with my wife to watch a game. Its a 350 dollar night with food and parking. Just crazy. We are in a tough economy. My NY Giants cant even sell out the lower level of there new stadium. Its ashame. No reason you should pay more then 50 bucks a ticket to watch a game. No reason at all.

  60. Philly Texan

    September 15, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    The problem with the Braves is they’re two different teams.

    At home, they’re one of the best teams in baseball.

    On the road, they’re the Milwaukee Brewers.

    Most teams are better at home. But I don’t see how a team can really consider itself a contender when it doesn’t show up on the road.

    Championship teams can win on the road…..

    Now they’ve got a make-or-break 9-game road trip while the Phils have a homestand. We’ll see what they’re made of.

  61. Andrew from waldorf

    September 15, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Rockies beating Padres 9-2 in the 4th. I hope the 2 teams out of the west are SD and SF but the Rockies will be tough to get out of it.

    The braves just lost 2 at home to the Nats in mid sept in a pennant race.
    Really they just are an 81 win team who caught some breaks and got lucky. Its been back to reality for a awhile now. The Mets handed them some wins and the Marlins pen did too or it would have been over for them even earlier.

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