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Here we go again!
WHO WILL WIN? Philadelphia
WHY WILL THEY WIN? Because they're too well-rounded, embarrassed and out for revenge
HOW WILL THEY WIN? Play their game, ignore the Yankee fans, don't give away runs
If and when this 2009 rematch comes to fruition, I can guarantee you that there isn't a single Philly from that Series that forgot about the Yankees ending their chance for back-to-back titles and watching the celebration.
Like I mentioned before, they're still embarrassed for losing to a Giants team that had no business even being in the series. They have too much revenge in them to just let another opportunity slip away.
The "Core Four" is now a trio, and with the exception of Mo, are dwindling. I love Jeter, but let's face facts, he's not the Jeter of old. He won't make that leaping throw that Jeter has all but copyrighted, he most likely won't be stealing a key base to completely change the dynamic of the game; it's just not gonna happen.
I've never cared for Posada, ever. I can't stand him and I think he was just a guy who got lucky to ride the coattails of Jeter, Mo and Pettitte amongst other Yankee greats to a handful of rings. Don't give me the, "Who clinched the East for you this year?" bull. One hit that really didn't mean all that much doesn't make up for years of choking. The Yanks were going to the playoffs no matter what, and they probably would have won the East no matter what. Posada just helped them do it earlier. Whoo hoo.
Back to the Series, the Phillies' staff is too good, too young(er), and much more reliable than the Yanks. Their bullpen might be a different story, but when you have a rotation like that, you might not need your bullpen all that much.
The reality is that the Phillies are too deep to really blow this. So long as their offense can put up anything, they should win. Granted, the Yankees do have the lineup to compete and the Phils' lineup has a habit of going M.I.A. But even if the Yanks do push a game seven, if the Phillies really wanted to they can split all four of them over the course of nine innings.
Nothing would make me happier than to be wrong, but this is what I'm going with:
GAME ONE: Phillies have hot bats out of the gate, win 7-2 (PHI leads 1-0)
GAME TWO: Lee shuts the Yanks down at home, win 3-1 (PHI leads 2-0)
GAME THREE: Yanks get tired of being smacked around, 9-4 (PHI leads 2-1)
GAME FOUR: Walk-off magic perhaps? 6-5 (Series tied 2-2)
GAME FIVE: El doctor es no bueno en Nueva York, 5-1 (NYY leads 3-2)
GAME SIX: Lee owns the Yanks in their own house, 6-0 (Series tied 3-3)
GAME SEVEN: Hamels is a World Series hero again, 5-2 (PHI wins 4-3)
WORLD SERIES MVP: Chase Utley, PHI—I wrote an article (feel free to check it out) on how the WSMVP has become like the Madden Curse in that the last few winners have done next to nothing after winning. I have a feeling Chase's prime time is fading away; maybe one more big year then he's done.