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  1. Phillies have a 12.5% chance of taking this thing

    Nov 2, 2009, 10:57 AM EDT

    Based on precedent anyway: [The Phillies] are the 44th team to lose three of the first four games. Of the previous 43 teams, 41 played in a best-of-seven series. (The others were Boston in 1903, who won the next four games to take the Series, and the 1919 Reds, who won over the Black Sox).…

  2. Damon's Steal: instant history

    Nov 2, 2009, 8:20 AM EDT

    On the one hand, the double steal by Damon in the 9th doesn’t really matter, right? He’d be on second base before the A-Rod hit and still would have scored, even if someone had thought to cover third. On the other hand, Brad Lidge was on the mound, and that guy is something less than…

  3. Return of Bad Brad dooms Phillies

    Nov 2, 2009, 12:08 AM EDT

    It was fun while it lasted. Lidge opened the postseason with five straight scoreless appearances. He put together that kind of streak just once during the regular season, when he saved five in a row from May 26-June 1. Of course, he finished the regular season 0-8 with 11 blown saves and a 7.21 ERA.…

  4. Setting the stage for Game 4

    Nov 1, 2009, 5:35 PM EDT

    – Cliff Lee thinks he could have started Game 4, but Charlie Manuel says he didn’t have to think very long before going with Joe Blanton. – Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse reports that MLB has made sure that Fox will move the right field camera back so we won’t have a repeat of Alex…

  5. Potent quotables: World Series edition

    Nov 1, 2009, 11:08 AM EDT

    “I can’t wait until it’s over. It’s been mentally draining.” – Cole Hamels can’t wait for the season to be over. If the Yankees grab a 3-1 lead after Game 4, he might just get his wish. “Because we cannot control what the [Fox] camera man does with the camera, one of the specific ground…

  6. Hamels lets down Phillies one more time

    Nov 1, 2009, 12:46 AM EDT

    It seems like the story has been repeated several times this year. Cole Hamels came out firing again Saturday, keeping the Yankees hitless through three innings. The only one of the first 11 hitters to reach did so on a HBP. And then it all fell apart, too quickly for Charlie Manuel to do much…

  7. Baseball's most underrated player: Chase Utley

    Oct 29, 2009, 1:10 PM EDT

    Perhaps a pair of homers off CC Sabathia last night will end Chase Utley’s reign as the most underrated player in baseball, although even his big night was overshadowed by Cliff Lee’s complete-game victory. Despite playing for a highly successful big-market team Utley’s excellence has somehow managed to fly under the radar, as many media…

  8. Is Pedro going to get shelled tonight?

    Oct 29, 2009, 10:28 AM EDT

    FOX’s Ken Rosenthal is generally pro-Phillies in this column and likes them to win it all, but he’s got a good point here: Hey, I love Pedro. It is foolish to bet against him. But no one has any idea how he will pitch in cool weather against an American League club using a DH,…

  9. Game 1 impressions from around nation

    Oct 29, 2009, 3:02 AM EDT

    In the wake of an impressive showing by the Phillies in Game 1 of the World Series, let’s take a stroll around the nation and see what’s going on … In New York, they were actually eating cheesesteaks. And no, that’s not some kind of euphemism for what Cliff Lee did to the Yankees. Speaking…

  10. Pouliot's Keys to Game 1

    Oct 28, 2009, 5:27 PM EDT

    *Cliff Lee needs to work deep into the game in order to match CC Sabathia. The Phillies will likely have to rely a great deal on their pen during Games 2 and 3, so it’s important that Lee provide them with at least seven strong innings. The chances of Chad Durbin, Chan Ho Park and…

  11. Major League Baseball is lying about Jay-Z

    Oct 28, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    OK, this is really, really, petty in the grand scheme of things, but since Bud Selig hates it when teams announce actual news while the World Series is happening, this will have to tide us over. If you want, you can skip to the bottom to get my World Series prediction. Jay-Z and Alicia Keys…

  12. World Series preview: Phillies vs. Yankees

    Oct 28, 2009, 1:30 AM EDT

    Except for that provided by some brutal umpiring, it’s so far been a postseason without a whole lot of drama. We’ve yet to see a decisive game in any of the six series to date. In fact, those series have lasted a total of 24 games, just four more than the possible minimum. So, it’s…

  13. Not yet the time for Orioles to spend

    Oct 27, 2009, 5:19 PM EDT

    Thanks in large part to the flood of talent brought in though the Erik Bedard trade, things are certainly looking up for the Orioles. Matt Wieters is going to be a superstar behind the plate, the Nolan Reimold-Adam Jones-Nick Markakis outfield should be plenty productive and is under complete control through 2013 and Brian Matusz…

  14. Pedro Martinez officially named Game 2 starter

    Oct 27, 2009, 12:36 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel made things official this morning, naming Pedro Martinez to start Game 2 of the World Series. Martinez has 38 career starts against the Yankees, including six in the postseason, but has faced them just once since 2006, allowing six runs in a blowout loss on June 27, 2008 as a member of the…

  15. Mets fans: "rooting for the Phillies to fail"

    Oct 26, 2009, 10:56 AM EDT

    Two storylines you’ll hear a lot of between now and the first pitch on Wednesday night are (a) how bad it’s going to be for Indians’ fans to see a Cliff Lee vs. CC Sabathia matchup in Game 1 of the World Series; and (b) how bad it’s going to be for Mets fans to…

  16. Unable to silence Phillies bats, Dodgers go down quietly

    Oct 21, 2009, 11:47 PM EDT

    The rotation provided one quality start in five games. The bullpen allowed 14 runs in 21 innings. The Dodgers really never gave their offense a shot. It seemed like Joe Torre pushed all of the right buttons in the sweep of the Cardinals. This time, he mostly sat and watched. His one clear error was…

  17. Brad Lidge yo-yo back on the upswing

    Oct 16, 2009, 1:21 AM EDT

    Still worried about the Phillies bullpen? For all the talk of Brad Lidge falling off the ledge, he certainly looked fine on Thursday night in the NLCS opener. So did the rest of his bullpen mates (aside from Ryan Madson’s hiccup), holding the Dodgers in check in a wild 8-6 victory. The Dodgers figured to…

  18. NLCS Preview: Phillies vs. Dodgers

    Oct 15, 2009, 9:42 AM EDT

    Rematch.  And from a historical perspective, a rubber match of sorts as well.  The Dodgers beat the Phillies in the 1977 and 1978 NLCS.  The Phillies took 1983.  For our purposes, however, really only last year is relevant, and the Phillies won 4-1.  Going in to that series the question was whether the Phillies’ big bats would…

  19. Howard, Werth come up big as Phillies finish Rockies

    Oct 12, 2009, 9:57 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard had the go-ahead hit in the ninth Sunday. This time he settled for the game-tying two-run double and left it up to Jayson Werth to knock him in. Werth, who hit a solo homer in the sixth, did just that with a single to center and the Phillies won 5-4. The one non-sweep…

  20. Fowler's leap propels Rockies' big inning

    Oct 12, 2009, 9:36 PM EDT

    It was exactly the kind of move one might expect from a player who had a chance to play basketball at Harvard. Fortunately, Dexter Fowler passed on that opportunity and took a $925,000 bonus to sign with the Rockies after being selected in the 14th round in 2004. On Monday, with the Phillies up 2-1…

  21. Quick hits: Happ to start Game 3 vs. Rockies

    Oct 10, 2009, 4:16 PM EDT

    – Saturday’s snow-out will allow the Phillies to go with J.A. Happ in Sunday’s Game 3 against the Rockies. Happ was knocked out of Thursday’s Game 2 after taking a comebacker off the right shin, but appears to be good to go. With the inclusion of Happ, the Phillies would presumably start Cliff Lee in…

  22. Hawpe continues to fall out of favor in Colorado

    Oct 10, 2009, 2:24 PM EDT

    A few weeks ago I mentioned how far Brad Hawpe has fallen in Colorado, being dropped in the batting order and passed over in the lineup for other left-handed bats late in games. So far in the postseason we’ve seen more of the same, as manager Jim Tracy used three left-handed pinch-hitters (Jason Giambi, Seth…

  23. Pedro left out in cold after postponement

    Oct 10, 2009, 12:55 PM EDT

    Saturday’s Game 3 between the Phillies and Rockies was postponed due to cold weather and snow, leaving the remaining three games in the NLDS series to be played Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The extra day off would seem to be of clear benefit of the Phillies. They will now bring back Cliff Lee and Cole…

  24. Cole Hamels doesn't like day games. For good reason.

    Oct 8, 2009, 9:28 AM EDT

    Yesterday Cole Hamels was quoted as saying that it was unfair that the Phillies had the early games in the division series: “In being the defending world champs, I think it’s kind of a little weird that we kind of get both games at 2 o’clock. I don’t think it’s fair. I definitely don’t think…

  25. NLDS Preview: Phillies vs. Rockies

    Oct 6, 2009, 11:58 PM EDT

    The good news for fans of the Colorado Rockies is that their team — on the strength of their big 2007-esque second-half surge — is once again baseball’s feel-good story. The bad news? The Phillies don’t really care. Since firing manager Clint Hurdle and replacing him with Jim Tracy, the Rockies have gone 74-41 (.643)…

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