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Playing the Rube: A Baseball Experiment – Chapter 5 – The Phillies vs. Colby Lewis

The Phillies won a world championship in 2008.

Then Ruben Amaro Jr. was named general manager.

The Phillies didn’t win another world championship.

Tim Malcolm and Dan Walsh wonder if they can do better. So, we continue “Playing the Rube,” a weekly series with accompanying podcast in which Tim and Dan attempt to steer the Phillies to more victories, starting in 2009, through the deep simulation game OOTP Baseball ’18.



After a bad opening week (1-5), the Phillies now start a three-game series against Washington. The first pitcher they face: new nemesis Colby Lewis.

We get to Lewis enough to have a 2-2 tie heading into the ninth.

Then, trouble.

Things don’t get much better, and even when we send out our best pitcher – Cole Hamels – we get burned.

Not only that, but a guy that burned us becomes Player of the Week.

It’s not a great week for us. We do add some triple-A depth, and we wade through more injuries and early season samples. Most of all, we crack wise about how terrible things are going.

You should listen! Check out “Playing the Rube” below!

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