Just a few weeks ago I was reading articles on why the Phillies season was done. Now, they were very well written, but the authors seemed to be jumping the gun on the Phillies' season. The Phillies seem to be bouncing back even with their injury ridden lineup, winning eight of their last ten games.
Now only two games behind the Atlanta Braves, who appear to be in quite a slump, going four and six in there last 10 games, and not showing too many signs of improvement.
These are five reasons why the Phillies will make yet another post-season appearance.
Obviously Roy Oswalt is not going to hurt the Phillies in any way, the dynamic duo of Halladay and Oswalt mix to form a two punch, or two game, combo that will be an absolute nightmare for opposing teams' batters.
As long as the Phillies' bats are working like they should, Oswalt and Halladay should have no problem posting wins in the postseason.
Just recently, the Phillies acquired first basemen Mike Sweeney from the Seattle Mariners as a relief player while Ryan Howard is out on the DL. This could be a good move, by keeping not only depth in the lineup when Howard is out, but he could also prove to be a valuable pinch hitter or DH when they play AL games.
This entire season the Phillies have been fighting off injuries left and right, to what seems like no end.
The most damaging injury so far was when Chase Utley had an awkward slide into second and tore a ligament in his right thumb. Without Utley, the Phillies lost one of their key leaders and offensive sparks. Everyone in Philadelphia is eager to see him return the lineup and start to rally the team again.
Shane Victorino has also found a place on the DL after suffering a left-abdominal strain. But in essence this wasn't a total loss, seeing as the Phillies top prospect Dominic Brown was able to start his first game in the majors.
Obviously another major loss is Ryan Howard, who is out with a sprained left ankle and should return soon. And as stated previously the Phillies acquired Mark Sweeney to help ease the lack of Howard in the lineup.
On another minor injury note, Raul Ibanez is on the day-to-day, with a stiff left wrist. So that makes two Phill's outfielders that are currently not playing, but once again, this gives Dom Brown a chance to start and show Philadelphia that he is the man for the job.
The Phillies' late year push for the post-season has them doing much better than the other teams in the NL East. The Braves are slowly falling deeper and deeper into a slump, and with the Phillies only two games behind, look for them to jump ahead and take back the lead.
Considering that the Braves are really the only potential threat to the Phillies in the NL East, once they pass them, don't expect them to fall back behind.
Once ahead the Phillies can establish their position as No. 1 in the NL East for the third year in a row.
Realistically in Philadelphia there are two sport teams that people genuinely care about, The Philadelphia Eagles, and the Philadelphia Phillies. I don't care if you are a Flyers fan or a 76ers fan. What it boils down to is that Philadelphia is a football/baseball city.
Now predictably the Eagles are going to have a rebuilding year, so we can not expect any sort of Superbowl/Championship win out of them, as much as I would like to see it. I am thinking realistically.
So now the table turns to the Phillies that have made it to back to back World Series appearances, and I know the players and the fans would love to see them go for three. They have all the necessary pieces in place, with an even better lineup than 2009, and the ace up there sleeve, Roy Oswalt.
The Yankees outdid the Phillies in 2009, and we have accepted that and moved on, we are ready to see the Phil's charge back into the scene and win it one more time for Philadelphia.
It was a long time coming in Philadelphia before the players finally held the Championship trophy. The players were on fire in 2008, blazing past any team that stood in their way.
In 2009, not much changed, but instead of having to play the Rays we were forced to play the Yankees. To much surprise the Yankees won, in an almost a total sweep. The players were disappointed that they let down the city and themselves.
In 2010, it is a bright season as the Phillies continue to blaze a trail to the postseason, with the high hopes that they will be able to win in 2010, going two for three in their World Series Appearances.
This generation of Phillies realizes they won't be around forever, and that they are the elite in Major League Baseball right now. They want to bring home the best for their city, and this season is a big turning point for them.
They have shown they can pull out of a slump and come back on top, which just in itself makes them World Series Contenders for the third year in a row.
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