Phillies Win 3rd Consecutive NL East Title

Posted by Brian Michael, Wed, September 30, 2009 10:47 PM | Comments: 116
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The Philadelphia Phillies are the 2009 National League East Division Champions!

Tonight the Phillies captured their 3rd straight NL East championship.  They did it behind a full team effort.

Pedro Martinez and Kyle Kendrick tag-teamed the Astros with a combined quality start.   Pedro threw 82 pitches over four innings making a case for a starting job in the postseason.  He was not as dominating as J.A. Happ in his performance last night but proved he is at least healthy enough to pitch.  Kyle Kendrick, meanwhile, made a statement in his three innings allowing no runs on two hits while striking out four.  There is a better chance he’ll make the roster after the unfortunate news emerged that Jamie Moyer will need season-ending groin surgery.

The offense built upon last night’s outburst with double-digit runs – the thrust of which came during a four-run fourth.  JRoll (now batting over .250) and Shane Victorino followed up with back-to-back triples in the fifth.  A Raul Ibanez homer in the seventh helped to secure his first appearance in a playoff series.

With the game well in hand at 10-3 going into the final two innings, Charlie Manuel looked to Chad Durbin and Scott Eyre to hold the lead.  Then in most dramatic fashion before a boisterous sell-out crowd and with just one out remaining to clinch the division, Manuel called for Brad Lidge. If you were caught up in the emotions of the moment while Lidge was warming up, you may have missed the end of the Marlins-Braves game in which the Fish outlasted the Braves to officially crown the Phillies NL East champs.  Just seconds later, Lidge needed only a single pitch to get Lance Berkman to ground out to Ryan Howard.  And the celebration began!

After we clear out the burning champagne, our eyes will now turn to the standings as we follow the Cardinals (90 wins) and Dodgers (93 wins) to determine who secures home field advantage in the playoffs (the Phillies have 92 wins with 4 games to play).  With the Braves loss, the Rockies inch closer to clinching the Wild Card.

This is the second time the Phillies have won three consecutive division crowns.  They did it before in 1976, 1977 and 1978.

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  • Posts: 0 d-bag


  • Posts: 0 the lopez!

    hot damn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    not since girls high beat central has philly been celebrating like this!!!!!!!!!

    go bob michael!!!

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    This was unbelievable – Go Phils!
    Great to see bats resurrected again and what a classy move to have Lidge pitch to even that 1 batter!
    Go Phils!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 ray

    In case you missed it on the end of the last thread
    Cole Hamels Top Ten list

  • Posts: 0 I feel good

    Yeah Phils.
    Don’t forget who you are.
    This is the beginning of the real season.
    Dream it. See it. Believe it. Live it.
    World Phucking Champions II
    Let’s do it again!!!!!!!

  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    They are not done!

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Seriously, how cool of a name is Cole Hamels?

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Pedro is letting his Soul Glo


  • Posts: 0 Aaron

    Question is do they play for the best overall record or rest the guys?

  • Posts: 0 Phillin' 'er up!


  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Well said I Feel Good

  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    It feels like all of a sudden the Phillies remembered just how good they are. And they came out to prove it too! Now to spend money on NL East stuff. Personally, I will wait to see if something comes with about a 3 peat or something like that.

  • Posts: 0 Grrrumpy Miner

    Congtats! Enjoy It! They deserve it. Oh and Georgie…..134 more days til Pitchers and Catchers.

  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    FYI, 5-0 Dodgers losing.

  • Posts: 0 GWFightinsFan

    Suddenly the best overall record in the NL appears within reach…how hard do we push for it?

  • Posts: 0 jt

    Whew felt like they were never gonna clinch but better late than never now let’s give the guys the day off tomorrow and go get the number 1 seed from dodgers.

  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    See, Grrrumpy Miner is a real Baseball fan, and a classy guy at that. On here all the time talking baseball instead of bashing the 3- time NL East Champions like most Mets fans do, and comes on here after we earned this one with a win, regardless of the Braves losing, and can congratulate the PHans!

  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Dodgers starting to lose again (are they UNDER.500 since the All Star break now?) and the Rockies starting to win. Hmm, I wonder if their fans are starting to wonder if the Rockies will over take them? LOL.

  • Posts: 0 ray

    lol joedad i knew what the soulglo reference was before i even clicked

  • Posts: 0 Ryan

    Props to Grrrumpy Miner, the only classy Mets fan I know of

  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Great move by Charlie bringing Brad Lidge in. Classy and smart. I loved it. Lidge spoke to the crowd after the game and it seemed like he was going to cry.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Joe Dad – Cole Hamels is a cool name. But the two best, most classic baseball names are
    J.A. HAPP and RJ SWINDLE…..could play on any team from 1850 -1950

  • Posts: 0 SDO

    “Classy” and “Mets fan” are two things not usually found in the same sentence. A rare breed indeed.

  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    I agree 100% Morris Buttermaker. I was kind of hoping to see Lidge get all 3 outs (first time I have said that in a few months). But I was glad to see him go to him. I dont feel comfortable with him in the Pst Season closing, but I was glad to see him fo it. They have got to do this one for Harry Kalas! Sad that Moyer is done with the surgery. I wonder if he will retire. As big of a Moyer fan that I am, I think it would be best for him, because I dont see him being all that effective next year being 47 then and coming off surgery like that.

  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    For those keeping track of the West and the Wild Card. Magic # for the Braves to be eliminated completely is 1. Magic # for the Dodgers to win is back to 2. Hmm.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Dodgers getting killed again. We can take best record. I was all for Happ going to the bullpen but I rather have him start then Pedro. Happ battles. I would use Happy as my fourth starter. Congrats Everyone. Give Utley a day off.

  • Posts: 0 karen

    I proudly admit that I was wrong about our phils on monday. They regained that magic and based on tonight (certainly not a way to guess due to the astros not being a great team), the phillies can kick the butts of any team. Kendrick has done awesome too.

  • Posts: 0 eli


  • Posts: 0 karen

    I think they will give some of the guys like rollins, howard, chase, victorino, werth some time off…..move in some bench players to see who to keep around in postseason (although i assume it will be bruntlett and stairs). Starting pitchers? I dont really know but I am thinking it would be better to just keep the rotation as is to keep them fresh

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    My team MVPs for this year

    1. Carlos Ruiz
    2. Chase Utley
    3. Shane Victorino
    4. Jimmy Rollins
    5. JA Happ

    Biggest let downs
    1. Cole Hamils
    2. Brad Lidge

  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Im sure most of you saw the end of the game when the Phillies all went to the HK sign and tapped the sign! with other PHans chanting “HARRY, HARRY, HARRY” Thats AWESOME. Work to do. Lets do this for Harry Kalas. Last year was for Charlie’s mother, and Shanes grandmother, this year is for HARRY KALAS!

  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    LOL. Still no love for Ryan Howard, or Jason Werth huh Andrew? LOL. MVP’s or let downs, 3-PEAT BABY! Lets get that WFC part 2!

  • Posts: 0 Stuart

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    The guys on MLB TV are really high on lidge LOL

    Wish i was. but itd be cool if he was good

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    I am big on defence. I am even bigger on defence up the middle
    position rankings are C SS 2b CF

    Dodgers losing again I hope we draw them somehow

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Brian of CO – I was telling your arch nemisis Andrew that Moyer is remarkably fit and discliplined which means he probably will respond well to the surgery and will follow the recovery /rehab program protocol to the letter. Returning to form poses less difficulty for him because his sucess isn’t based on speed and speed is the most complex and temporal of the athletic attributes. Speed is therefore the hardest attribute to maintain. Usually for aging athletes the amount of workouts needed to maintain competitive speeds begins to match recovery times for each workout, or the focus on these types of workouts comes at the expense of other conditioning. Often this conflicts with the demands of the competition cycle which is usually more an issue for team sports than for solo athletes . See Dara Torres oldest female Olympic sprint race swimmer. She is testament to the efficacy of modern sports science. But, her training could be tailored to fit her pace and specific needs. However, players on teams can’t put one players needs over the entire unit.
    Moyer could easily be just as effective because losing a few mph’s on his pitches won’t ruin his game. Problem is, other people may not overlook his age so readily and consequently, having over estimated the risk of failure , take a pass on him.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Andrew – there are many sports writers who believe that the 1929 Philadelphia A’s defense gives them edge over the 1927 Yankees as being the greatest team ever. I agree defense can’t be under valued look at the inept fielding of the Nats., D-Backs, Reds, Marlins, Mets …it’s the shame of the NL. And were suppose be the better fielding league. So do you bet on sports as well as the ponies?

  • Posts: 0 jt

    ok so who starts game one of the playoffs?i don’t want it to be but i’m gonna guess cole because he last pitched monday and prolly won’t be pitching again in the regular season so he’ll have the most rest…maybe we’ll get lucky and cole will turn things around in the playoffs.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    I do not bet on sports or on ponies outside of my home track and what I know best and feel I have an edge in. I have made money on the phillies the last few years but thats personal bets not through a book.
    Brian is fun nemesis. I am waiting for his theory on how they will not win the division now from some technicality. lol

  • Posts: 0 From Section 113

    It’s good to be a Philly Phan right now.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew

    Charlie will go
    1. hamels/ lee 2. hamels/lee 3. blanton 4 happ

    I would go
    1. lee 2. happ 3. blanton 4 . hamels

    let cole do something before we annoint him

    well besides being the MVP of the series last year

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Andrew – i ask because other than some fanatsy leaguers, baseball geeks and stat. heads, the only people I think who’d take an interest in fielding stats are gamblers. Sorry about “gamblers” it has negative connotions some deservedly so other not. Just didn’t know what other word to use. Actually without gambling, the science of probability and statistics might never been formed.

  • Posts: 0 j reed

    charlie will go

    lee or hamels
    lee or hamels
    happ or pedro

    Andrew- if happ goes to the bull pen and pedro is the 4th man are we allowed to start happ if the match-ups are right and put pedro in the pen for a game….I was thinking Happ vs. the Cards is somthing i wouldn’t like to see again but against the Rox, Happ gets the call. Didn’t know if the rules change for postseason rotations

  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    When “High Hopes” started playing at the end of the game I started getting teary eyed and when the Phillies went out, as a team, to pay their respects to Harry tears came out. A very beautiful scene. A very classy act by a very classy team. With their ups and downs sometimes we forget how blessed we are by having a team that is both good and also filled with what seem like good people.

    A thought pops its my head… as bad as the Dodgers and Cardinals have been lately we might be able to rest our starters and end up with the best record. Its going to be an interesting weekend to be sure.

    Congratulations to our 2009 Division Champs Phillies! Now lets bring the big trophy back home boys!

  • [...] Phillies Nations’ Brian Michaels adds another dimension in recapping the game: With the game well in hand at 10-3 going into the final two innings, Charlie Manuel looked to Chad Durbin and Scott Eyre to hold the lead. Then in most dramatic fashion before a boisterous sell-out crowd and with just one out remaining to clinch the division, Manuel called for Brad Lidge….  Just seconds later, Lidge needed only a single pitch to get Lance Berkman to ground out to Ryan Howard.  And the celebration began! [...]

  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    I want to see guys rest but at the same time, we are .5 games behind the Dodgers for the best record in the NL.

    Dodgers are off today, I personally think Charlie should play his starters tonight, if they win, then I guess maybe take it day by day, if they lose then rest up and let the Dodgers have it. Problem is, the Dodgers are not playing well. It would be one thing to be chasing a team that is on a hot streak but the Dodgers are not. Either way, it looks like we will face the Rockies which I think is good but whether we get home field in round 2 is what is at stake.

    Congrats to the Phillies and their fans. It was a great season. I was moved by the players going out and tapping the HK sign. Would have been more moved if the Angels hadn’t done it two nights before with their Nick Adenhart sign but either way it was classy.

  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Here’s my selfish reason for wanting the Phillies to get the top seed and the Dodgers to fall off. I have playoff tickets, and the only time that I really can’t make a game is Thursday afternoon. Absolutely no way I can make the game. I have tickets for what will be game 2 of the NLDS, which is scheduled for Thursday October 8th.

    There will be three games that day. If both the Dodgers and the Angels are hosting a series, those would be the later 8 p.m. and 10 o’clock games. And of course the networks always want the Yankees in prime time. But if the Dodgers continue thier free fall, and the Rockies overtake them, that would create a Colorado-St. Louis series, which none of the network execs would be thrilled about. And that would create a Dodgers-Phillies series, which the networks might fight for to have in prime time. It might be more interesting than the Yankees-Tigers series. But I just have a strong feeling the Phillies are going to end up with the Thursday afternoon game, and then I will need to start trading tickets and all that. So I am pulling for the continued Dodgers free fall.

    Also, anybody catch the end of the Mets game last night? It was beautiful.

  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Also, rest Raul, Howard and Utley tonight. The three of them look exhausted. Everybody else plays. I would say to rest Feliz, but he is hitting the ball great right now.

  • Posts: 0 joedad

    I think they need to rest 2 or 3 regulars tonight / rest of the season but have them available for pinch hitting as needed. They will play to win but don’t “need” to win. Alot will depend on how the Astros and Marlins come to play. Will they start young players or go with their starters?

  • Posts: 0 george55

    to “Morris Buttermaker” (nice name BTW, LOL LOL) . You said it was “classy and smart” to bring him in for the one out? How can you say that Butterball or Butterbean? Was the hillbilly afraid he might give up 7 runs? Was manager hillbilly taunting or teasing him or diggin it in for almost screwing the season? Why not leave him in for a full inning? Sure the phils would have won 10-8 but it would give him more confidence, right? Yeah….
    I agree that you bring him out because of the large lead and only because of the large leave, but not for one out….that just doesn’t look right.

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