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Cole Hamels pitches a three-hitter against his home town team as he collects his twelfth win of the season as the Phils defeat the Padres, 3-1.

Cole Hamels collects his twelfth win of the season as he defeat his home town team as the Phils defeat the Padres, 3-1.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits an RBI double on a ball that bounced off of center fielder Cameron Maybin’s glove, knocking in Shane Victorino who was earlier safe at first on a fielding error by shortstop Jason Bartlett, before going on to second base on the play. The Phils added to their lead in the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Victorino, who had earlier singled, moved up to second base on Ruiz’s walk, and then moved up to third on Ben Francisco’s fly out to center, scored on a balk committed by Cory Luebke, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while Ruiz, who had earlier walked, moved up to second base. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead as John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI double, knocking in Ruiz. The Padres got on the scoreboard in the fifth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Alberto Gonzalez hits into an RBI ground out, 5-3, scoring Maybin, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, before going to third base on Jesus Guzman’s ground out, 6-3, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. That would be the final score as Cole Hamels would keep the Padres under control for eight innings, giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out ten Padres, seven of them coming in the first three innings, before Ryan Madson recorded his sixteenth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cole Hamels (12-5, 2.62) gets the win as he goes eight strong innings, giving up only a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out ten. Ryan Madson recorded his sixteenth save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Cory Luebke (3-4, 2.65) took the lost as he went only five innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits and a walk, while he struck out four. Luke Gregerson, Josh Spence and Ernesto Frieri combined for three scoreless innings, giving up only a walk (Frieri), while striking out five Phils (Gregerson (1), Spense (2), Frieri (2)) between them.

The Phils had just six hits in the ballgame, with Chase Utley leading the team with two hits, a single and a double. Michael Martinez (Single), Shane Victorino (Single), Carlos Ruiz (Double, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, RBI) had the other four Phils’ hits. The other Phil run scored on a balk, as the Phils’ offense was helped by the Padres’ bad defense.

The Phils (62-36, 1st East) will continue their four-game series with the Padres (44-56, 4th West), with an afternoon game that will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will be televised on Fox Sports. The game will start at 4:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (5-4, 3.34), who is coming off a win against the Mets on July 17, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on six hits and three walks, in the Phils’ 8-5 win. He will be going for his sixth win of the year, while trying to lead the Phils to a three game winning streak. The Padres will counter with Mat Latos (5-10, 4.02), who is coming off a no-decision against the Giants on July 17, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Padres’ 4-3 extra-innings lost . He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be out to continue their present dominance of the Padres.

The Phils start the second half where they have left off as they routed the Mets, 7-2.

The Phils start off the second half in the same manner that they had ended the first half as they proceed to rout the Mets, 7-2.

The Phils took the lead in the second as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Raul Ibanez and Carlos Ruiz, with Ibanez stopping at third base, and a walk to Dom Brown, which moved Ruiz up to second base, and with one man out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run singles, scoring both Ibanez and Ruiz, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Brown on to third. The Phils then took a 3-o lead as Vance Worley hits into an RBI ground out, 5-3, his first career RBI, knocking in Brown, while sending Mayberry up to second base. The Phils then added to their lead in the sixth as, with one man out, Ibanez hits a solo home run, his thirteenth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Mets got onto the scoreboard in their half od the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Carlos Beltran, a single by Daniel Murphy, sending Beltran on to second base, and a walk by Jason Bay, moving both runners up a base, and with one man out, Juan Perez, who was pitching for Worley, struck out pinch hitter Scott Hairston for the inning’s second out, but uncorking a wild pitch, which allowed Beltran to score, cutting the Phils’ lead to 4-1, and allowing both Murphy and Bay to move up a base. But Perez then ended the threat by getting pinch hitter Ronny Paulino to ground out, 5-3.  The Phils then put the game out of reach in the eighth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk to Ryan Howard, who then moved up to second base on an Ibanez ground out, 4-3, an intentional walk to Ruiz, and then a force attempt fielding error by shortstop Ruben Tejada on a ground ball by Brown, allowing Howard to reach third, and Ruiz to be safe at second base, while Brown reached first base, and with two men out, Mayberry, Jr. hits a bases clearing double, knocking in Howard, Ruiz and Brown, giving the Phils a 7-1 lead.  The Mets then made it a 7-2 Phils’ lead in their half of the eighth as, with one man out, Beltran hits a solo home run, his fourteenth home run of the year. That would end up being the final score as Antonio Bastardo pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Vance Worley (5-1, 2.15) got the win as he pitched five and a third innings, giving up a run on three hits and four walks, while striking out four. Juan Perez collected his first hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Madson, who had just come off the disabled list, collected his third hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Michael Stutes pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out one. Antonio Bastardo pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. R.A. Dickey (4-8, 3.70) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five. Tim Byrdak pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs on two walks. Ryota Igarashi pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. D.J. Carrasco pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.

The Phils had seven hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez (Single, Home Run, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Singles) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single, Double, 5 RBIs), all leading the team with two-hits apiece, with Mayberry, Jr. knocking in a career high 5 RBIs. Chase Utley had the other Phil hit, a double, while Vance Worley brought in the other Phil run, with an RBI ground out, his first RBI as a major leaguer.

The Phils (58-34, 1st) will continue their series with the Mets (46-46, 3rd), with an afternoon game at Citi Field, that will be nationally televised on Fox. Game time will be 4:10 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (11-4. 2.32), who is coming off a win against the Braves on July 10, who pitched eight innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, as he struck out six, in the Phils’ 14-1 rout. He will be going for win no. 12. The Mets will counter with Jon Niese (8-7, 3.88), who is coming off a relief appearance against the Giants on July 10, as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, in the Mets’ 4-2 win. He will be trying to even the series. The Phils will be going out to win the present series.

The National League wins the All-Star Game for the second straight year as they defeat the American League, 5-1.

For the second straight year, the National League All-Stars win the All-Star Game, as they defeat the American League’s best, 5-1.

The American League took the lead in the All-Star Game in the fourth as, with two men out, Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox hits a solo home run off of the Phils’ Cliff Lee, giving the AL a 1-0 lead. The AL tried to make it a 2-0 lead three batters later as, with runners on first and second, via singles by Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, as first baseman Prince Fielder of the Brewers was unable to catch his pop fly, and Josh Hamilton of the Rangers, sending Bautista up to second base, Adrian Beltre of the Rangers hits a single to left. Bautista tried to score on the hit, but is gun down at home plate by a strong throw from left fielder Hunter Pence, as catcher Brian McCann of the Braves applied the tag, 7-2, for the inning’s final out. The National League then took the lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, via singles by Carlos Beltran of the Mets and Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, with Beltran stopping at second base, and with no one out, Fielder crushed a 2-2 cutter into center field for a three-run home run, scoring both Beltran and Kemp, giving the NL a 3-1 lead. The NL added to their lead in the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, pinch hitter Andre Ethier of the Dodgers hits an RBI single, knocking in Rickie Weeks of the Brewers, who had earlier reached first base on a fielder’s choice force out, as pitcher Jordon Walden of the Angels threw home to beat out Starlin Castro of the Cubs, who was pinch running for Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies who had earlier singled, after he had first stolen second base, and then third, as he was tagged out at the plate by catcher Alex Avila of the Tigers for the inning’s second out, 1-2, before Weeks stole second base, giving the NL a 4-1 lead, before he was thrown out at second base as right fielder Bautista’s throw towards home was cut off by first baseman Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, who then threw to shortstop Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers, who then tagged Ethier out at second base for the inning’s final out, 9-3-6. The NL then made it a 5-1 lead in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Pablo Sandoval of the Giants hits a RBI ground-rule double to left, knocking in Pence, who head earlier singled, then went all the way to third on catcher Matt Wieters of the Orioles passed ball. That would be the final score as Brian Wilson of the Giants would record a save as he got out the last two batters, Michael Cuddyer of the Twins vis a fly out to right and then Paul Konerko of the White Sox via a ground out, 6-3, after the AL had put runners on second and third, via Carlos Quentin of the White Sox reaching base on shortstop Castro’s throwing error and a single by Matt Joyce of the Rays, which sent Quentin to third base, before he went on to second base on right fielder Jay Bruce of the Reds throwing error.

Roy Halladay of the Phils pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter. Cliff Lee of the Phils pitcher one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits. Tyler Clippard (1-0, 0.00) of the Nationals gets the win as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers received a hold as he pitch a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jair Jurrjens of the Braves also received a hold as he pitched a scoreless inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Craig Kimbrel of the Braves also got a hold as he pitched a scoreless third of an inning, as he walked a batter. Jonny Venters of the Braves pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out one. Heath Bell of the Padres pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Joel Hanrahan of the Pirates would pitch a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brian Wilson of the Giants would receive a save as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. Jered Weaver of the Angels pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. David Robertson of the Yankees also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Michael Pineda of the Mariners pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. C.J. Wilson of the Rangers blew the save before taking the lost (0-1, 27.00) as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Jordon Walden of the Angels pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Chris Perez of the Indians pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brandon League of the Mariners pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Alexi Ogando of the Rangers pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Gio Gonzalez of the A’s pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face.

The American League All-Stars had six hits in the game, a solo home run by Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox, and singles by Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, Josh Hamilton of the Rangers, Adrian Beltre of the Rangers, Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox and Matt Joyce of the Rays. The National League All-Stars had nine hits in the game, a single by Lance Berkman of the Cardinals, a single by Carlos Beltran of the Mets, a single by Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, a three run home run by Prince Fielder of the Brewers, a single by Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies, an RBI single by pinch hitter Andre Ethier of the Dodgers, a double by Yadier Molina of the Cardinals, a single by Hunter Pence of the Astros and an RBI ground-rule double by Pablo Sandoval of the Giants.

The victory gives the National League a 42-38-2 lead over the American League, while it will also give the National League pennant winner home field advantage during the upcoming World Series.

The Phils start the home stand with a walk-off win in the ninth as they defeat the A’s, 1-0.

The Phils take a walk-off win as they scored the only run to end a scoreless game in the ninth as they defeat the A’s, 1-0.

The game was a pitchers’ duel between both teams’ pitching staffs as their respective offenses would get only two hits apiece, along with five walks each, through the first eight innings. In the top of the ninth, Michael Stutes would throw an eight-pitch inning, as he would strike out two A’s on six pitches, before getting Kurt Suzuki to end the inning by popping out to Chase Utley. The Phils then went to work as Shane Victorino got on base with a walk from Brian Fuentes. After Raul Ibanez flied out to left for the inning’s first out, Dom Brown followed with a single to right, his second hit of the night, moving Victorino up to second base. The runners then both moved up a base on a ground out to first by Brian Schneider, who had just returned from the DL, putting runners on second and third, with two men out. The next batter, pinch hitter Ben Francisco, then hit a single to left, which would score Victorino, that would be the winning run for the Phils as they took a 1-0 walk-off win from the A’s.

Vance Worley received a no-decision as he pitched six scoreless innings, missing a no-hit bid as Kurt Suzuki had a two-out double in the top of the sixth, giving up a hit and four walks, while striking out four. David Herndon and Juan Perez combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Herndon) and a walk (Herndon), while striking out one man (Herndon) between them. Michael Stutes (3-0, 2.28) got the win as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Guillermo Moscoso also received a no-decision as he went seven scoreless innings, as he also had a no-hit bid broken up in the sixth, as Placido Polanco had a one-out single, as he gave up two hits and three walks, while striking out two. Joey Devine pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up two walks. Brian Fuentes (1-8, 4.76) took the lost as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, with Dom Brown leading the team with two hits, both singles. Placido Polanco (Single) and pinch hitter Ben Francisco (Single, RBI), had the other two Phils’ hits, with Francisco’s hit plating the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

The Phils (48-29, 1st NL East) will continue their interleague play series with the A’s (34-43, 4th AL West) tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (9-3, 2.51), who is coming off a lost against the Mariners on June 19, as he pitched six and one-third innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, as he struck out six, in the Phils’ 2-0 lost. Hamels will once again try for his tenth win of the season. The A’s will try to counter with Trevor Cahill (7-5, 3.24), who is coming off a win against the Giants on June 19, as he went eight innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the A’s 2-1 win. He will be trying to even the series for the A’s. The Phils will be going for their second straight series win.

Behind the pitching of Cole Hamels, the Phils spoil Jayson Werth’s return, defeating the Nats, 4-1.

Behind the pitching of Cole Hamels, as well as his bat, the Phils spoil the return to the Bank of Jayson Werth, as the Phils’ defeat the Nats, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the third as, with a man on third, and with two men on, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Cole Hamels, who had earlier tripled, his first career triple, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Placido Polanco hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Rollins, who had earlier tripled. The Nats cut the Phils lead to 2-1 in the seventh as, with one man out, Michael Morse hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season. The Phils got the run back in their half of the seventh as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went to second base on Polanco’s slow ground out, 1-3, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. Two batters later, with Howard still on first, and now with two men out, Raul Ibanez hits an RBI double, knocking in Howard, giving the Phils a 4-1 lead. That would be the final score as Hamels finished the game by pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cole Hamels (4-1, 2.66) gets the win as he pitched a complete game, giving up just a run on five hits and a walk, as he struck out six. Livan Hernandez (3-3, 3.57) took the lost as he went six and one-third innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and four walks, while he struck out three. Todd Coffey pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Doug Slaten also pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit and a walk. Henry Rodriguez pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and two walks.

The Phils’ bats came to life as they had twelve hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Triple, RBI), Shane Victorino (Singles), Ryan Howard (Singles, RBI), Raul Ibanez (Doubles, RBI) and Cole Hamels (Single, Triple) all had two hits in the game, with Hamels’ Triple being the first one of his career. Pete Orr and Brian Schneider had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles. Placido Polanco knocked in the other Phil run with a sac fly. The Phils several times failed to capitalize on bases loaded opportunities to score more runs.

The Phils (19-9, 1st) continue their series with the Nats (14-15, 4th) with a night game at Citizens Bank Park. The game will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Vance Worley (1-0, 0.00), who is coming off a win against the Mets on April 29, as he went six innings, giving up two hits and four walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 10-3 win. He will be going for his second win, while trying to add to the Nats’ present problems, as this will be their first time facing him. The Nats will counter with Jason Marquis (3-0, 2.62), who is coming off a win against the Giants on April 29, as he pitched a complete game shut out,  giving up just five hits, while striking out seven, in the Nats’ 3-0 win. He will be trying to even the series. The Phils will be trying for their second straight series win on their present home stand. 

Ahh, finally…

…the day has arrived when pitchers and catchers are suppose to arrive. And for the Phils, it means that one of the best starting rotations in the major leagues will have arrived in Clearwater, along with what should be one of the most rested bullpens during the regular season because their first four starters (Halladay, Lee, Oswalt, Hamels) should, on most days, be able to reach at least the seventh inning before Uncle Charlie would need to call on the relief corps. Of course, that will depend on the Phil’s offense, since several players (Utley, Rollins, Howard, etc.) are expected to have comeback years after the down year that the team’s offense had last season, while the Phils will be trying to break in rookie Dom Brown, as they plan to use him in a platoon situation with Ben Francisco in right field.

A lot of my fellow Phillies fans are already predicting the Phils to have a large number of wins this season because of our Fantastic Foursome on the mound. Me, I’ll be happy if they break the team’s record of 101 wins, while spanking the Giants during the two times that the two clubs will meet this year.

Philadelphia Phillies – Awards: Sacrifice Flies.

Since it was made an official offensive statistic in 1954, a Phil had led the National League in hitting sacrifice flies seven times. It would be accomplished by six different Phils.

The first Phil to win the honor was Don Demeter, who did it in 1962, as he hit eleven sac flies. The next Phil to lead the NL in sac flies would be Clay Dalrymple, who, in 1964, the year of the infamous late season collapse, hit eight sac flies. The third Phil to be the league’s leader in sac flies would be Willie Montanez, who would hit thirteen of them in 1971. The fourth Phil would be Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt, who, in 1979, would finish the season in a three-way tie with Cesar Cedeno of the Houston Astros and Dave Parker of the Pittsburgh Pirates, as all three would hit nine sac files. Schmidt would then lead the league by himself in 1980, the year that the Phils would win their first World Series Championship, as he hit thirteen sac flies. The fifth Phil to lead the league would be Garry Maddox, as he lead the league in the strike-shorten season of 1981 with eight sac flies. The sixth, and so far, last Phil, to lead the NL in sac flies was Rico Brogna, who, in 1998, would end the season in a three-way tie with Derek Bell of the Astros and Jeff Kent of the San Francisco Giants, who all ended the season with ten sac flies.

Of the six Phils who had led the league in sac flies, only one would be a Hall of Famer (Mike Schmidt). All seven times that a Phil would lead the NL in sac flies would take place in the 20th Century. Of the seven, two would be in a three-way tie (Schmidt in 1979 and Rico Brogna in 1998). The Phil to win with the most sac fies would be Willie Montanez with thirteen in 1971 and Mike Schmidt, also with thirteen, in 1980, while Caly Dalrymple, in 1964, and Garry Maddox, in 1981, would hit the least with eight. 

Who would be the next Phil to lead the National League in sacrifice flies? I really have no idea at this point.

Philadelphia Phillies – Awards: At-Bat Champions.

During the team’s previous 127-year history, twelve Phillies players have led the National League in at-bats a total of 20 times, with four of them winning it more than once.

The first Phil to lead the NL in at-bats was Hall of Famer Sam Thompson, who would win it in 1893 with 600 at-bats. The next Phil to lead the NL would be Duff Cooley, who in 1897 ended up in a four-way tie with Gene DeMontreville of the Washington Senators, Fred Tenney of the Boston Beaneaters and George Van Haltren of the New York Giants, who all finished that year with 566 at-bats. The third Phil to lead the NL in at-bats was Eddie Grant, who would do it in two straight seasons, with 598 at-bats in 1908, and leading again in 1909 with 631 at-bats. The fourth Phil to lead the league in at-bats would do so twenty-four years later, as Chick Fullis would have the most at-bats in 1933 with 647 of them. Phils nos. five and six would be tied for the lead in 1949 as Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn and Granny Hamner would both end the season in a tie for first with 662 at-bats. The next Phil to lead the NL was Larry Bowa, who ended the 1971 season with 650 at-bats. Phil no. eight would be Dave Cash, who would lead the league in three straight years, 1974 (687), 1975 (699) and 1976 (666), helping to lead the team to the first of three NL Eastern Division pennants that year. The ninth Phil to lead the league in official at-bats would be Juan Samuel, who, like Cash, would lead the NL in three seasons, 1984 (701), 1985 (663) and 1987 (655). The next Phil to lead the league in at-bats was Lenny Dykstra, who did so in 1993, the year that the Phils won the NL pennant, with 637 at bats. The eleventh Phil to lead the league would be Doug Glanville, who would have 678 at-bats in 1998. The twelfth, and presently last, Phil to lead the NL in at-bats is Jimmy Rollins, who would lead the lead in at-bats in four different seasons, 2001 (656), 2002 (637), 2007 (716), the year that he won the MVP as he help lead the Phils to their first NL Eastern Division title since 1993 and 2009 (672), the season that the Phils would win their first back-to-back NL pennants.

During the twenty times that a Phil had led the league in officials at-bats, three had done so while tied with another player, in 1897 (4-way tie) and 1949 (2-way tie between two Phils). Phils would lead the NL twice in the 19th Century, fifteen times in the 20th Century and four times, so far, in the 21st Century. Two of the Phils to lead the league were Hall of Famers (Sam Thompson in 1893 and Richie Ashburn in 1949). Jimmy Rollins had done it the most times with four, followed by both Juan Samuel and Dave Cash, who have each done it three times, then Eddie Grant, who did it twice. The rest have done it only once. Jimmy Rollins would have the highest total of at-bats with his 716 in 2007 and Duff Cooley would have the least with his 566 official at-bats in 1897.

Who would most likely be the next Phil to lead the NL in at-bats? Most likely Jimmy Rollins, if he can keep from getting injured.

He’s bbbbbaaaaaccckkkkk!!!! Phils get back Cliff Lee!

In a move that came completely out of the blue, the Phils have just signed free agent Cliff Lee to a five-year, $120 million contract, with a vesting option for a sixth year, beating the New York Yankees, who had offered Lee a six-year deal worth $135 million, with a vesting option for a seventh year, and the Texas Rangers, who had offered him a six-year deal worth $138 million, and with a vesting option for a seventh season. With this move, Lee returns to Philadelphia, after having been traded by the Phils to the Seattle Mariners, almost a year ago, giving the Phils a starting rotation that now have four aces (Lee, NL Cy Young Award Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels), that will be haunting the NL, especially the NL East, for at least a year (depending on whether Hamels will be resigned after the season, and if Oswalt decides not to retire after 2012.).

Lee, in 2010, as he pitched for first the Mariners, then the Rangers, went 12-9 with an ERA of 3.18, as he started in 28 games, pitching 212.1 innings, throwing seven complete games, including a shut out, as he struck out 185 batters, while walking only eighteen during the season. In the post-season, he helped pitched the Rangers into their first World Series appearance, before falling to the 2010 World Champions San Francisco Giants, as he went 3-2 overall for the Rangers.

The Phils will more than likely have to trade someone(s) to help them better afford their move. There is already rumors flying around that they have been trying to ship off Joe Blanton and or Raul Ibanez as a salary dump, with them willing to pay for part of Blanton’s salary to move him. I do not know if any of them is true, but, if they need to move someone, it should be Kyle Kendrick, not Blanton. After all, Blanton has been a bit more consistant, pitching wise, than has Kendrick, and he would be a lot better backup to the now Big Four than might Kendrick. Whatever does happen, I hope Ruben will know what he’s doing, although there does seem to be some method to his madness.

Philadelphia Phillies – Team History: Second Place Finishes.

In the Phillies’ 128-year history as a member of the National League, they have spent most of that time being either a cellar dweller or as a member of the second division. But, the team has spent some time in the first division, winning two World Series Championship, seven National League pennants, with two in consecutive seasons (2008-2009) and ten National League Eastern Division flags, including winning the last four (2007-2010). The team has also finished in second place in either the National League (1883-1968) or in the National League Eastern Division (1969 to the present) a grand total of thirteen time.

The first time they would end up in second place would be in 1887, the fifth year of the team’s existence, as they would finish the season behind the first place Detroit Wolverines with a record of 75-48 for a winning percentage of .610, finishing 3.5 games behind the Wolverines in a league of eight teams, before the expansion to twelve teams in 1892. For the Phils, who were also called the Quakers at the time, this would be their only second place finish in the 19th Century. The next time the Phils would finish in second place, and the first time in the 20th Century, would occur in 1901, as they fell behind the Pittsburgh Pirates, who were at the beginning of winning three straight NL pennants (1901-1903), as they finish the season with a record of 83-57, with a .593 winning percentage, finishing 7.5 games behind the Bucos. The next time that the Phils would end up in second place would occur in 1913, as they finished behind the New York Giants, who had won their third straight NL pennant (1911-1913), ending the year with a record of 88-63 for a winning percentage of .583, ending up 12.5 games behind the Giants. The Phils would then finished second for the two seasons after they had won their first NL pennant in 1915. The first time, for the fourth time overall, would occur in 1916, when they would finish behind the Brooklyn Robins, now Dodgers, with a 91-62 record, winning one game more than they did the year that they won the pennant, with a winning percentage of .595, finishing 2.5 games behind the Robins. The following season, 1917, they would finish in second place again, this time behind the Giants, with a record of 87-65, with a .572 winning percentage, trailing the Giants by 10 games. The Phils would then spend most of the next 47 years in the second division before once again finishing second. The Phils would then end up tied for second place with the Cincinnati Reds in 1964, after collapsing in September, finishing behind the St. Louis Cardinals with a record of 92-70, with a winning percentage of .568, a game out of first. This would be the sixth and final time that they would finish in second place in the National League before the two major leagues split into divisions in 1969, with the Phils becoming a member of the NL East. The first time the Phils would end up in second place in the NL East would occur in 1975, when they finished second to the Pirates, finishing the year with a record of 86-76, with a .531 winning percentage, finishing 6.5 games before the Pirates. The second time they would end up in second place in the NL East would happen in 1982, as they trail the Cardinals, ending up with a record of 89-73, with a winning percentage of .549, finishing 3 games behind the redbirds. The third time they would finish second in the NL East would be in 1986, as they finished behind the New York Mets with a record of 86-75, with a .534 winning percentage, trailing by 21.5 games. The fourth time they would finish the season in second place in the NL East would not occur until 2001, when they finished behind the Atlanta Braves with an 86-76 record, a winning percentage of .531, ending up 2 games out of first. The Phils will then end up in second place in the East, missing being the wild card winner each season, in 2004, 2005, and 2006, finishing behind the Braves in 2004 and 2005 and then behind the Mets in 2006. In 2004, they finished the season with an 86-76 record, a .531 winning percentage, as they finished 10 games behind the Braves. In 2005, they finished the year with a record of 88-74, with a winning percentage of .543, 2 games behind the Braves. In 2006, they would end the baseball season with a record of 85-77, a winning percentage of .525, 12 games in back of the Mets.

Of their thirteen finishes in second place, six occurred as a member of the NL, and the other seven as a member of the NL East. They would finish in second place once in the 19th Century, eight times in the 20th Century (5 (NL), 3 (NL East)), and four, so far, in the 21st Century as a member of the NL East. Their best record in second place was when they finished second in 1964, when they finished with a record of 91-70. Their worst second place finish was in 1887, the first time they would finish second, as they had a record of 75-48. Their highest winning percentage would be the .610 of 1887, while the worst would be the .525 of 2006. Their best game behind finish was when they ended a game behind (with the Reds) in 1964, while their worst was when they fell 21.5 games behind (the Mets in the East) in 1986.

With the way the Phils are presently structured, they could remain as either a first or a second place team in the NL East for several more seasons.

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