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100 GAMES DOWN…GOLDEN AGE TO GO

Posted By Christopher Rowe On Jul 25 2011 @ 3:44 pm In Philadelphia Phillies | No Comments

The Phillies have completed 100 games of the 2011 season and with a mere 62 remaining, there is still much to be determined. While we won’t know for years where this team fits into baseball lore, we can use our senses to realize what has already been accomplished. Four straight National League East division titles 2007-2010 with a fifth as a reasonable [1]expectation in 2011. Two National League pennants en route to back to back World Series appearances 2008-2009 including three straight NLCS appearances 2008-2010. That translates into just one first round playoff loss in 2007 NLDS to Colorado who eventually lost to Boston in the World Series. The pinnacle of the Phillies current run so far may be still ahead but until Philadelphia hoists another trophy, let us continue to celebrate the most consistent MLB team of the past 5 years – including the 2008 World Champions of Baseball.

[2]Thus far in 2011, the Phillies boast a 64-36 record. Not only is this best in MLB but it ranks as second in franchise history (since 1883) to the 1976 Phillies squad who posted 68 wins in 100 games. 28 games over .500, 9 straight series won, 9 straight home series won and boasting the best record in baseball.

Over these playoff seasons the Phillies win totals have progressively improved – and have improved every year save one since 2002 [3](80-82). 2007 saw an 89-73 team make the postseason for the first time since 1993. 2008 saw the team add Brad Lidge, Joe Blanton and JC Romero en route to a 92-70 record and the Phillies second World Championship in 28 years and in team history. Not even a 3-day delay due to a deluge of rain and cold weather could deflate the spirits of this team of destiny who won on their own very soggy, very cold home field amidst 45,000 hearty Philadelphia fans that could not have been happier to celebrate with their team.

  [4]2009 would see Cliff Lee, Ben Francisco and Raul Ibanez arrive while Pat Burrell, Geoff Jenkins, Brett Myers and Chris Coste departed. Matt Stairs and Eric Bruntlett would follow along with Kyle Lohse and Clay Condrey. That team would face the Yankees in the World Series and probably had a good chance to win, but were defeated by a more talented team. 2010 saw Placido Polanco return to Philadelphia as Brian [5]Schneider, Jose Contreras and Danys Baez replaced more departing former Phils like Chad Durbin, Scott Eyre, Mike Sweeney and Pedro Feliz. No one was more welcome than the addition of Roy Halladay. While Jamie Moyer wasn’t around for the 2010 postseason, Halladay and the Phillies easily dispatched the Cincinnati Reds in a sweep only to be defeated by the eventual World Series Champion San Francisco Giants.

 Phillies wins in recent years:

YEAR WINS LOSS

2011

64

36

2010

97

65

2009

93

69

2008

92

70

2007

89

73

2006

85

77

2005

88

74

2004

86

76

2003

86

76

2002

80

81

As mentioned, the Phillies have the second-most wins in franchise history at this point in any season (64, most since 1976 Phillies squad who posted 68 wins) in 100 games.

Phillies pitching has allowed fewer runs (332) than any other Phillies team (after 100 games) since the Dead Ball Era ended in 1919.

Expanding on that: The 332 runs allowed by the 2011 Phillies through 100 games are the fewest allowed by any team since the 1989 Dodgers. Amazingly, that Los Angeles Dodgers team finished with a 77-83 record just one year after winning the World Series.

At the All-Star Break (91 games) the Phillies ranked as follows:

PHI STAT MLB RANK
BA

0.250

20

R

384

14

H

776

17

TB

1188

20

HR

78

18

RBI

377

11

SB

61

16

WINS

57

1

ERA

3.02

1

K

706

4

IP

831.1

6

WHIP

1.16

1

CG

11

1

SHO

13

1

SV

25

11

OBA

0.295

1

[6]One other thing to note: The Phillies lead the National League with a .273 batting average and .774 OPS in the month of July. Over a 25-day stretch, those aren’t terribly impressive numbers to lead the league with, but that’s the current climate of baseball. Leading the league is still leading the league – but this does prove the need for an offensive infusion in Philadelphia.

[7]In the coming week, the focus will be on the trading front with the approach of the July 31 non-waiver deadline – but once August begins the tema and fans should be focused on the best way to return to the World Series and win it. Do not kid yourselves boys and girls, Raul Ibanez, Jimmy Rollins, Jose Contreras, Brad Lidge, Jamie [8]Moyer, Joe Blanton and Brian Schneider will not be back in Phillies pinstripes next year – and the jury is still out on Ryan Madson, Placido Polanco, John Mayberry and Ross Gload. Depending on trading deadline deals, there is no certainty about the future of Domonic Brown, Ben Francisco, Kyle Kendrick or Vance Worley – while Danys Baez and JC Romero have already made their curtain calls. This 2011 Phillies  team is definitely “World Series or Bust.”

 

 

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