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Since the beginning of the season, the rotation has put the team on its back and carried them through the jungle that we call the regular season. Many wondered if the rotation would become faint from their hard work, but now in early September, I think the answer is clear.
The Braves are not exactly famous for their offense, but they have the capability to produce ample run support. No matter, Cliff Lee, Vance Worley and Roy Oswalt each went at least six innings and allowed no more than two earned runs in their starts.
Cliff Lee threw his sixth shutout of the year and recorded his 200th strikeout.
Vance Worley allowed two runs in six innings of work and recorded the win.
Roy Oswalt went seven innings and allowed two earned runs while striking out seven batters.
So, yes, the Braves do not boast the best hitters, but all three pitchers still cashed in great performances against a contending team in a somewhat-playoff atmosphere.
The Brewers hitting is a step up from the Braves, however, if the right pitcher is on the mound, they can be shut down. The Phillies pitched four of those "right" pitchers.
Cole Hamels threw a complete game, two-run gem.
Roy Halladay tossed eight one-run innings, striking out nine batters.
Cliff Lee went seven strong innings allowing one earned run.
Vance Worley took the loss after going 6.2 innings allowing three earned runs.
Ultimately, the rotation was able to tame a great hitting team in a hitter-friendly ballpark. Between the two series, the Phillies pitchers allowed no more than three runs a game.
We learned that Halladay has longevity (as if we did not already know).
We learned that the Lee acquisition is certainly paying off to an extent; he came off an unbelievable August and brought his magic into September which is traditionally a great month for him. Hopefully, in the playoffs, he will play according to his tradition.
We learned that Cole Hamels can still pitch, even after his injury, and now he is a bit more well-rested.
Lastly, we learned that Worley is great, but he is probably the weakest in the rotation; even weaker than Oswalt.