The End is the Begining…

The Phillies close out the regular season fielding 1 starter and 8 bench players. Jayson Werth played trying to get his 100th RBI on the season, but was unsuccessful, the Marlins walked him in the 10th and Hoover followed up with a base hit driving in Mayberry for the win.

The final day of regular season has come down to the AL Central, who could have expected anything less, will the Tigers join the Mets as the decades biggest chokers. They have to win this Tuesday on the road against the Tigers in the tiebreaker for the AL Central division championship.

The Dodgers finally won the NL West division, which has set the National League post season games. Home field advantage overall in the NL goes to the Dodgers, although I am not sure that this makes much difference in the NL. The Rockies have the worst road record among the NL post season teams and only have a winning record overall against the Cardinals. Although post season play is a completely different atmosphere and regular season wins and loses don’t really reflect the way a team plays in the post season, there will still be some element in the back of the players minds about how they have performed against those clubs.

The way the playoffs look now:

Phillies host the Rockies —- regular season 4-2 Phillies

Dodgers host the Cardinals —- regular season 2-5 Cardinals

Angels host the Red Sox —- regular season  5-4 Angels

Yankees host either the Tigers or Twins —- regular season 5-1 and 7-0 Yankees

Predictions at this point are really irrelevant since everybody wants their team to win it all. There are obviously some favorites among the sports analysts, but as I said post season play has a different atmosphere and teams tend to play better since the light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer…

Who will be left at the end is anybody’s guess, we all want our team, and the pundits along with fans of non-post season teams will all speculate, but they are all just guessing.

Who will take the prize in 2009…


 My message to the Phillies…

…it’s time to launch your bid for a World Series repeat

12 Comments on “The End is the Begining…”

  1. Jane Heller says:

    I wouldn’t even dream of predicting who’ll win it all, but I know which team I WANT to win it all. With the Twins and Tigers still battling till the bitter end, I don’t even know who the Yankees will be playing. But it should be an exciting postseason with plenty of surprises.

  2. redstatebluestate says:

    I think we all WANT to say our team will win it all, but we are not confident. There’s a lot of parity this year… someone once said “Sometimes the light at the end of a tunnel is a train”. I don’t remember who, but someone said it and I believe it… the train can kill you if you just stand there looking at it.

  3. TribeTed says:

    I can’t predict it, but the team with the best chance to win, will be the team that doesn’t have the best chance to win. In that case – look for the Rockies to make a strong appearance. : ) Some reverse psychology for ya!!


  4. ohy22xd says:

    This should be a very interesting postseason. Jayson Werth was going for 100th RBI? Same thing for Adrian Gonzalez. His stopped at 99.

  5. phillies_phollowers says:

    We all know the Phils will repeat, right? LOL We hope so anyway.


  6. Buz says:

    it’s going to be an awesome quest to answer your question. We’ll just have to wait and see. too bad for jayson.. I really like that kid.

    Buz –

  7. xcicix says:

    Man, that Jayson Werth…he’s really broken out this year! Extraordinarily impressive, gotta say.

  8. crzblue2 says:

    I was expecting at the end “Who’s team will reign supreme!? ”
    I love how you did that big “?” with the teams names and colors that are going to the playoffs .
    I hope we find lots of nice surprises in the playoffs! I am so looking forward to the games! I think I will get to Dodger Stadium extra early and hang outside saying “OPEN, OPEN, OPEN.” or I can volunteer if they have a giveaway like a rally towel then I can get to the stadium earlier but then I can’t watch the first few innings.
    Is it game time yet?

  9. TribeTed says:

    I wish the Phillies the best in the playoffs. : ) While you are dealing with Playoff issues, us in CLE are dealing with Albert Belle, and his atrocious mouth that he uses to eat donuts with. : ) New post up. Your gonna like this one.


  10. crazy19canuck says:

    So..I’m thinking Angels or Red Sox against the Phillies in the final. I’d be fine with that! Go get ’em!

  11. matttan7 says:

    Nice one, Peter, I’d say repeating a World Series win is going to be hard though. It should be fun though.

    Matthew Tang

  12. rrrt says:

    Well, back in the spring Jane and I agreed that we’d be happy with a Yankees/Phillies WS – that still works for me (and I think Jenn would like that too). But being the typical Philadelphia pessimist, I always expect the worst – that way when it happens, it’s not so bad because you expected it, but if the worst doesn’t happen, the best outcome seems even better. Does that make any sense?
    Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

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