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Phillies clinch 5th straight playoff berth

Posted on: September 14, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2011 4:42 pm
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By Matt Snyder

The Philadelphia Phillies will be in the 2011 MLB playoffs. Just like 2010 ... and 2009, and, well, you get it. The Phillies haven't missed postseason play since 2006.

In 2011, the playoff berth was clinched with Wednesday's 1-0 victory over the Astros, making the Phillies the first team to officially qualify for the postseason. Quite fittingly, ace starter Roy Halladay spun his eighth complete game for his 18th victory of the season. It was his first shutout of the season, though.

The Phillies have the best record in baseball by more than five games, at 95-51 (the Yankees are second at 90-57), so this first clinch was a mere formality. The next step is the NL East and then home-field throughout the playoffs follows -- remember, the NL has home-field advantage in the World Series due to the All-Star Game victory.

The magic number for the Phillies to clinch the NL East is now four. The magic number to clinch best record in the NL is eight, over both the Brewers and Diamondbacks. Also, no Phillies team has ever won more than 101 games -- which happened in both 1976 and 1977. All these Phillies have to do is go 7-9 the rest of the way to have the best regular-season record in franchise history.

So while Wednesday's win was important, it's merely step one for a team with much loftier goals.

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hotmeuly
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:36 pm
 

Phillies clinch 5th straight playoff berth

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Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 11:09 pm
 

Phillies clinch 5th straight playoff berth

Congrats Philly fans.  Your team is awesome and have dominated from start to finish.  The offense hasn't been as good as years past but the pitching has been otherworldly.  They could and should consider themselves a dynasty if they win it all this year.  Could get tested by Miliwaukee and then Boston/New York.  They easily should be the favorites to win it all.  Having said that, They're not going to win if Rollins and Utley aren't producing. Howard lives off of the crappy pitching( not much of it in the postseason)  and it looks like Victorino has been dinged up most of the year.



Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 11:03 pm
 

Phillies clinch 5th straight playoff berth

Lets be realistic here.  There's no coincidence in the "Phillies joining the Red Sox and Yankees" as dynasties.  Those are the only 3 teams with 150M+ payrolls.  Nothing against the Phillies, but in baseball year in and year out success is largely impacted by total payroll.  Hard to give those teams to much credit when thats the reality of the situation.



Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 10:52 pm
 

Phillies clinch 5th straight playoff berth

It's a dynasty, they've been unstoppable five years now, and will probably be unstoppable for another 5 years. Philly officially joins Boston and New York as the major baseball organizations in America today. The Phils are ill...



Since: Sep 14, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 10:44 pm
 

Phillies clinch 5th straight playoff berth

I agree with your argument rtl23, but you are not totally correct. Victorino was a Rule 5 pick (great one, nonetheless) and Mayberry was acquired in a trade. You can add the major parts of their bullpenn though (Madson, Bastardo and Stutes) to the mix of home-grown players.

Go PHILS!!!



Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 9:59 pm
 

Phillies clinch 5th straight playoff berth

You mean like Howard, Utley, Rollins, Ruiz, Victorino, Mayberry, Hamels and Worley.  Yeah, they added a few big pieces via free agency, but the majority of the team is home grown, fool



Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: September 14, 2011 8:03 pm
 

Phillies clinch 5th straight playoff berth

Yeah, The Phillies did a great job bringing him up from the minors.



Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2011 7:18 pm
 

Phillies clinch 5th straight playoff berth

Roy Halladay has been THE best pitcher in baseball for the last 10 years. All the numbers back this up. Is there anyone out there foolish enough to claim someone else is the best pitcher in baseball over the last 10 years, other than Doc?  You can try, but you will be WRONG. Doc is the best!


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