MLB Playoffs: Philadelphia Phillies and 10 Favorites That Failed to Win It All

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MLB Playoffs: Philadelphia Phillies and 10 Favorites That Failed to Win It All
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The Philadelphia Phillies are the favorites to win the World Series after dominating the regular season. Charlie Manuel's squad set a franchise record with a 102 wins on their way to a fifth consecutive National League East crown.

They been a heavy favorite to win it all since Cliff Lee returned to Philadelphia after turning down offers from the New York Yankees and other teams.

Lee's addition gave the Phillies one of the best starting pitching staffs in recent memory. He joined a pitching staff that included the reigning NL CY Young Winner Roy Halladay and three-time All-Star Roy Oswalt.

Cole Hamels was the World Series MVP only three years ago and was considered by some to be the fourth best starter in a rotation of aces going in to the season.

Philadelphia found even more talent along the way in yet another successful regular season. The midseason addition of Hunter Pence has been more than an adequate replacement for Jayson Werth.

Vance Worley's 11-3 record has put him in contention for the National League Rookie of the Year, but he may find himself as the odd man out in the rotation once the playoffs begin.

The Phillies aren't just simply the favorite to win it all. They have dominated Major League Baseball's headlines throughout the year and have been the "it" team. After such hype and attention, their season will only be defined as a success if they win the World Series.

The 2011 Philadelphia Phillies will be remembered, but will it be for their triumph or letdown similar to other hyped favorites who were seen as too good to fail.

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