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Phillies clinch fourth straight NL East title

Sep 27, 2010, 9:56 PM EDT

It was Nats Park in name only on Monday night. In front of thousands of their rain-soaked fans, the Phillies just defeated the Nationals by the score of 8-0, putting a bow on their fourth straight National League East title.

Roy Halladay allowed just two measly singles as part of a complete-game shutout. He struck out six, walked none and faced one batter over the minimum. The big offseason prize is now 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA over 33 starts this season. This includes an MLB-leading nine complete games and four shutouts. He’s a virtual lock for the National League Cy Young award at this point, but he’s also headed to the postseason for the first time in his 13-year career.

The Phillies have the National League’s best record for the first time since 1977, securing them home-field advantage in the NLDS and the NLCS, if they make it that far. Of course, because the National League won the All-Star Game, the Phillies would also have home-field advantage should they make it to their third straight World Series. With Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels dealing, they will be awful tough to beat.

  1. Route36West - Sep 27, 2010 at 10:31 PM

    The Phillies are the only team in baseball with 2 stadiums. All year long the Nationals ball park was basically a home game for the Phillies when they were in town. Halladay struck out the last batter in the 9th inning of tonights game to clinch the NL East division in Washington and the stadium erupted in cheers and celebrations.

  2. Utley's hair - Sep 27, 2010 at 10:49 PM

    WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s always good to win it in front of your own fans. But, for Craig’s benefit, the Phightins clinching early like this is better for the Bravos, since the lineup will be peppered with Iron Pigs when the Phils head down South to Atlanta.

  3. Utley's hair - Sep 27, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    That wouldn’t be as much of a problem for the Gnats if their “fans” would show up and buy some tickets.

  4. Dustin84v - Sep 28, 2010 at 6:45 AM

    Charlie Manuel learned from the last three years of NL play-offs. He manipulates players into the line-up with better precision and tact. The World Series is only a few weeks away …

  5. Jonny5 - Sep 28, 2010 at 8:37 AM

    “It was fun but things are going to get funner” Yes, word of wisdom from our Man Halladay. Now it’s on boys!! And yes, the Braves should now reap the benefits of some relaxing Phillies. I wonder if Halladay will pitch another game this season??? Hmm??

  6. phaseetious - Sep 28, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Route36West- That’s not true! Camden Yards doubles as a home park for both the Yankees and Red Sox!

  7. Utley's hair - Sep 28, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    I say yes, but a strict pitch/inning count. Or maybe put him in the bullpen for a game or two. I’m sure Cholly has it planned. Same deal for Roy 2.0 and Hollywood (but no bullpen for him, just a short start to keep him on his schedule) from tomorrow on. Too much rest won’t be good, but they do need some.

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