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phillyinportland

  • joined Apr 29, 2008
  • last login Jul 26, 2014
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Jamie Moyer

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An interview on WHYY with Moyer discussing pitching and his new book.

Young Wilt Chamberlain

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For those who enjoy old-time film and stories about Philadelphia legends, this is a sweet, short piece from the ESPN 30-30 series.

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Interleague Matchups

Something about the once-every-few-years pairings of certain teams during interleague play gets me to thinking about how for many years those teams never saw each other except for an occasional...

LDS Elimination Games

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This article from MLB.com gives a lot of background on how unusual it is to have three Game Fives in one season. Lost in the information is the fact that this is the first time ever for the National League to have two Game Fives under the wild card format. And nowhere is it mentioned how long it has been since any NL Division Series went five games. That would be 2004, Astros over the Braves. The AL had the Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays LDS in 2010 that went five games. Before that, it had been 2005, Angels over the Yankees. With the Rangers-Rays rematch this year going four games, this marked the first time since 2003 and second time ever that no LDS ended in a sweep. Coming on top of the incredible events of the last day of the regular season, this could be seen as the most contested baseball season ever.

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Those Five-Game Series

Philadelphia PhilliesThis is the eleventh best-of-five series in Phillies history. This includes the 1981 Division Series between the Phillies and the Expos, which is sometimes overlooked in record...

Saturday's Games

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In case anyone would like some more to read about the division series games and wants something that's not on ESPN.com, here is something from MLB.com. Phillies-Cards is down at the bottom since it was the last game played. Also noted are Kaz Matsui, for his heroics against the Phillies in 2007, and Shane Victorino in 2008, for the last grand slam in a division series before Cano's yesterday.

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Looking Back at the End of the Season

Well, now that it is finally over and the new season record has been set at 102-60, here is an updated summary of the season, month by month.

Phillies vs. Cardinals

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This is the MLB.com preview of the series and it includes some figures on the matchup that I had not seen elsewhere. Fairly short and straightforward. Probably not worth looking over the comments.

Summing up the possibilities

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This is a fairly concise overview of the playoff picture. As noted in the story there are eight games today that will influence playoff seedings, and that is more than ever before on the last day of the season. Nice to have the Phillies' game as one of the eight.

Cliff Lee All the Time - Plus Young/Cabrera/Sandoval

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Here's another fascinating facts article from MLB.com. Nice details about Cliff Lee's amazing turnaround since 2007. Also, some notes about his and Roy Halladay's combined records. And, a final tidbit that after the doubleheader against the Marlins the Phillies moved into first place on the list of teams with games allowing one or fewer runs this season.

Worley on MLB.com

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Column today on MLB.com covers the roles of Vance Worley and Ivan Nova as the playoffs approach. Some mention of Roy Oswalt as well. Also worth mentioning in view of Worley's falling short of the Phillies' all-time record for consecutive starts won by the team, he did tie the MLB all-time rookie record for the same stat: according to Elias Sports Bureau, "The 1970 Reds won 14 straight behind Wayne Simpson, as did the 1944 Cardinals behind Ted Wilks." Well done, Vance.

Ranking the bullpens for the playoffs

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This is an interesting assessment of the eight teams that would make the playoffs today and their 8th and 9th inning specialists. I have no problem with the rankings - Bastardo & Madson are third behind the Braves and the Yankees. All the names involved should be fairly familiar, although I don't know much about David Hernandez of the Diamondbacks except he came in to face Wilson Valdez last month.

The walk-off walk

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MLB.com has a writer, Roger Schlueter, who periodically puts out a column with trivia from the previous day's games. For Sunday, Schlueter notes, "the Marlins beat the Phillies, 5-4, in 14 innings when Mike Cameron ended the game with a bases-loaded walk. The last time a contest featured a game-ending walk after so many innings was on June 17, 2006, when Bobby Crosby drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 17th inning to give the Athletics a 5-4 victory over the Dodgers." The article is lengthy but it did mention something I was unaware of: the formerly weak-hitting Oakland A's are scoring runs at the fourth-highest rate in MLB since the All Star break.

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Musings at the end of August

Round numbers are easier to remember, and forty games over .500 is so rare in the Phillies' history that I thought it worth looking at how this team arrived there - and how the other teams that...

Yankees Do Something the Phillies Did 88 Years Ago

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No, it wasn't hitting three grand slams in a game. That was a first all time. The Yankees yesterday became the sixth team since 1920 to have three players in a game with five or more RBI. The first to do this was the last-place Phillies in 1923. One famous and two not-so-famous Phillies all had career highs in RBI the same game, won by a score of 20-14 over St. Louis. The three slugged six homers (three by Cy Williams), but none was a grand slam. Since then only one other NL club accomplished this feat, the Expos in 1996.

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Game Six 1993 World Series

There is a nice article by Marc Narducci about an upcoming MLB Network show (airing Feb 14th at 8 PM) on the game, which was named one of the top 20 Greatest Games in baseball history. Mitch...

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Playoffs? You're Talking About Playoffs?

Since there seems little else to talk about now except playoffs and there are still a couple of hours before game one against the Giants begins, I thought I'd throw these facts and figures out...

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Four Straight Division Titles

So, now that it's official and the season is over we can say that the Philadelphia Phillies have joined an exclusive club - one of only six franchises to ever have a team finish in first place four...

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Observations

I enjoy taking a look at how the season has gone at different stages. Recently I've been interested in how the now solid rotation has performed, somewhat akin to Schmenkman's stat notes today. I...

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Fun with Numbers

Last  night and tonight marked a couple of game totals that I think make for an interesting way to look at what the team has done lately. In the hope that some others might enjoy this kind of...

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And now for something completely different

   Over the weekend I had some thoughts about the matchups for the first round of interleague games and wondered how important these "traditional" rivalries are in giving a sense of continuity to...

Halladay known for being charitable character

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I came across an edited version of this article in the Sunday paper in Portland. It seemed appropriate for the holiday season.

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Playoff Memories

Everybody has a first playoffs experience: it might be for their home team or just seeing the World Series and realizing it's something special. For me, it was 50 years ago, not the World Series...

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Returning to the Playoffs

I was going to wait until later this weekend to post this, but today's game is/was so boring I've got the time now. Let me also say I'm not saying the playoff lineup is set or that the Phillies...

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Separated at Birth?

  I was watching It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia the other night and when Mac (Rob McElhenney) first came on I thought for a second, isn't that Brad Lidge? The pictures below may not be the best,...

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First-Place Falls

Looking back on the recent bad spell in June (sometimes referred to as three weeks of sucking) when the Phillies went 5-13, I was reminded of a couple of other similar bad periods. The fact that...

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Phillies Rotation Leading to All-Star Break

After seeing the fortunes of Cole Hamels and Brett Myers the last two nights, I took a look at the schedule from now until the All-Star break. If the Phillies stay on schedule with no rainouts or...

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Weary Weekend Warriors

After Sunday's frustrating loss did anyone else notice how poorly the Phillies are doing on weekends this season - especially compared to what they're doing Mondays through Fridays. Seven weekends...

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