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Phils Complete Sweep of First Place Nationals

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sun, August 26, 2012 04:22 PM | Comments: 40
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The Phils weren’t satisfied with just a series win against the first place Nationals, as they came out to play Sunday afternoon and collected a 4-1 win.

It’s the first sweep the Phillies have completed since a sweep of the Brewers a month ago, and the first time the Nats have been swept since they were swept  by the Yankees back in June.

JAYSON WAS WERTHLESS FOR NATS

I hate using that term, but there really is no other way to describe how much the Phils shut Jayson Werth down in this series. He was just 2-12 (.167) in the series with seven strike outs. That definitely made lots of Phils fans happy.

In today’s game, Werth was jogging around the bases on what he thought was a home run, and ended up costing the Nationals a run and an out on the play.

LEE GOOD EARLY ON

If there is one thing we can deduce about Cliff Lee this season, it’s that he is really good in the first five innings. Today was the 8th time this year that he has held opposing team scoreless in first five innings. But then after that, his ERA skyrockets. Today was similar, as he was fantastic through the first five, and then got in trouble in the sixth.

Lee also helped himself out with an RBI double in the fifth to open the scoring.

BETTER BASEBALL

I’m not going to throw any statistics around here, but just judging from what I’ve seen lately from the Phils–they are playing better baseball. Sure, they’ve won 4 in a row, but it’s more than that. They have a different demeanor about them. Imagine what this season would be like if we had seen this type of play from them all season. Hopefully this continues, because even with them nine games out of the Wild Card spot, this is fun baseball that we are used to.

GAME NOTES

With his home run today, Jimmy Rollins is now the active leader on the Phillies.

After a sweep of the first place Nationals, the Phils welcome the Mets tomorrow at 7:05 to finish out the home stand. The Phils will send Vance Worley (6-9, 4.06 ERA) to the mound tomorrow, and Chris Young (3-7, 4.33 ERA) will get the call for the Mets.

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  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    Everyone loves a sweep…but a sweep of the gNats, who have one of the best records in baseball, is just awesome. Go Phils!!!!

     
    • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

      yea big ed and with a little luck we could have won 3 of 4 from the other team with a top record! da reds!

       
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    Lefty mentioned earlier today that the Phils need to play .622 baseball the rest of the way to get to 82-80 (21-13).

    If you look at the schedule the rest of the way, the Phils have a 13 game bunch in September which includes games against the Mets, Marlins, Astros and Rockies. It’s reasonable to set a goal of winning 10 of 13 of those. That’d put the club a game over .500 in combination with the current 61-67 mark. There are 12 games besides those, including 6 with the Braves, 3 with the Nats, and 3 with the Reds. Win 7 of those 12, and you’re 3 over .500, with the 10 of 13. The remaining 3 games are the 3 coming up against the Mets. In essence, it’d be a disappointment not to finish the season at a MINIMUM of .500, although 85 wins will be a real good accomplishment, considering 10-3 against the weak sisters isn’t a given.

    The Phils are still even beyond the scope of stranger things have happened, because the congestion without enough head to head competition makes a playoff bid next to impossible. But, if they could somehow catch the Dbacks and Pirates by around Septemeber 10, which is a HUMONGOUS if, they may at least position where only1 or 2 stranger things in the history of the world could be said to have happened, making the chase impossible minus. The Phils are chasing the Dodgers and the Cardinals with the Bucs and Backs underneath.

    I don’t think it got any mention on the site, but Gelb ran a piece the other day quoting a source who had insight into the 2013 schedule. The Phils will open at home against Kansas City.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      Schedule wise, the Dodgers do have a stretch which as it’s at least challenging, could see them spudder, or slip into a tailspin. They host the Cards for 4, and there’s little question in looking ahead that the Phils most benefit from a split between the 2, but they then follow that up with 6 road games against the Nats and Reds.

      The Dodger scedule appears more formidable as the Cards have a 9 game stretch against the Stros and Cubs.

       
    • Posts: 0 George

      If you’re setting goals, you should set them as high as possible. 10 of 13 doesn’t cut it.

      As my mother always said, “Why wish for a loaf of bread when you can wish for the whole goddamn grocery store?”

       
  • Posts: 4128 Lefty

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    Ken, admirable thoughts, but you’ve left out a another moving part, the Giants. The Dodgers could easily be the West division winners. It adds a division race where the Dodgers and Giants are playing for their life. Too many moving parts man, just too many and not enough time.

    i hope they just continue to play good ball, and I’ll go into the offseason happy.

    Surprising outing today for Lindblom, that was huge.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      You have to catch 1 club at a time, and I don’t see the Giants going through a losing pattern of length that the Phils could catch them, even if they slip to wild card contender. The extra couple games in the standings are just too much, as they lead LA by 2 or so right now.

      Didn’t include the Braves for the same reason, too far back, even with 6 head to head matches.

      The Phils are too far behind all but the Dbacks as it is, but I tried to be open minded within reason to at least speculate.

       
      • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

        ken my man, i like the way you think! ya know all the bitching and complaining i do, i still sit at home and think of different scenarios where they could magically do what you said! i always think that with all the stupid and goofy wierd records all of our philly teams have, that it would be real sweet if we could add a wierd fairytale ending to a really wierd season! i mean this season has been the murphy’s law season of all seasons don’t you think?

         
  • Posts: 0 DavidE

    At this point, it would take a miraculous run for the Phillies to get into contention. To get to 89 wins would require a 28-6 stretch run. The 2010 Phillies had a great stretch run of 20-3. Even if they can match that run, it might not be enough.

    The Central teams have six games remaining against the Astros. While no team can be taken for granted and every game is a challenge, I have never seen a total collapse of a team like the Houston Astros this year. They were 22-23 and are now 40-88. That is an 18-65 strech which is a lower percentage of wins than the NY Mets had in 1962. The Cards and Pirates have 6 games remaining against the Astros.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      “To get to 89 wins would require a 28-6 stretch run.”

      You seem like a bright gentleman from your posts I read, so I wanted to preface this with that out of respect.

      But you mentioned this 89 win thing, which gained momo since earlier in the year when some rocket scientist found something like 89 wins was the average of the last decade on what it would take to be the 2 wild card.

      I mean, that’s not TOTALLY discredible, it does give SOME guidance, but what a bunch of malarkey. I’ve seen teams win divisions with 83 wins. I’ve seen pre wild cards win 102 and have a nice winter from right after game 162.

      The competition is the League, not some hsitoric standard. I HATE that reference, but to those that believe in it, good luck with that nonsense, which, with my luck, is exactly what the 2 Card will finish with. But I’ll be harping on it again next year, too.

       
      • Posts: 2067 Brooks

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        Ken, I agree with you but then again – 83 wins will not make 3rd in this division, as a matter of fact, between the Dodgers (if the standings hold as they are now), St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Atlanta, there is quite some hurdles to overcome before even considering the second WC spot.
        The Dogers have probably the most difficult schedule, with 34 games left, they play 12 vs teams that are currently playing sub .500 ball (I did not include the AZ Dbacks, they are at .500).
        Even though the Cards finish out this month with 6 tough road games, they will play 35 more games and 18 are teams with sub .500 records. This includes 2 different stretches of 9 straight games vs the Astros, Cubs, Brewers, Astros again, Mets.. feast time.
        I dont know about anyone else but I still cant seem to take the Pirates seriously. Even said, they have 35 games left and an amazing 22 are vs teams currently with sub .500 records.
        That of course leaves the Braves. Currently the best WC record in the NL, 9.5 games over the Phils in the WC race. The Braves have 35 games left to play, 25 of them vs teams that currently have sub .500 records – this include 6 more games vs our Phils 3 in Atlanta and 3 at CBP. To imagine that the Braves are capable of such a monumental collapse like last year is one thing but against what appears to be cream cheese? The Braves will be in the playoffs that seems pretty certain.
        And of course our Phillies. 34 games left and 18 of them are vs teams with sub .500 records. Here is the big but, there are 4 away games vs the Astros – personally I hate those September games vs the Astros. The other problem is that the Phils have 12 home games in September, 15 away games scheduled. Ugly.
        So, determine for yourselves who gets in. As much as it pains me, I dont think the Phils have that much of a chance to vault over St. Louis, the Dodgers or even the Pirates unless they do play better than .700 ball – I’ve seen it done before (not by a Phils team!). The Orioles won their last 28 out of 34 back in the early 70′s..

         
      • Posts: 1135 EricL

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        Ken, people throw around the 89 wins mark because since the introduction of the Wild Card in 1995, only one team has made the WC with fewer than 88 wins.

        As I said at another site…

        The 2012 Phillies are 61-67. They are 16.5 games out of first and 9.5 out of the WC. They have four teams to pass in the WC race. If they Phillies were to finish the season in a manner similar to last year’s Cards or Rays (at a .700 clip) they would have a record of 24-10 from here on out, which would bring their record to 85-77.

        In the 17 years that the WC has been in existence, there has been one team out of 32, the 77-67 1995 Colorado Rockies, that has won the wild card with fewer than 88 wins.

        In order for the Phillies to win the division with a 85-77 record the Nationals would have to go 7-29 or worse over the rest of the season AND the Braves would have to play equal to or worse than 12-23 over their last 35 games. To put that in perspective, the worst winning percentage over the final month+ of the season in all of baseball last season was the .258 posted by the Minnesota Twins; if the Nationals were to match that ineptitude they would still win 9 games and finish ahead of the Phillies. And this is without taking Atlanta into consideration.

        So, is it possible the Phillies make the playoffs? Yes, it is. It’s also theoretically possible that a gamma ray burst will hit the earth while we sleep, burning off our ozone layer and bombarding the planet with massive amounts of UV radiation. Neither is particularly likely or worth concerning ourselves over.

         
      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        Two paths to the postseason, one more unlikely than the next:

        1) The Phillies go 24-10 (.706) in their last 34 to finish 85-77.

        In order to get the 2nd wild card spot, all of this would have to happen:
        - Cardinals do no better than 14-21 (.400) in their last 35 AND
        - Dodgers do no better than 15-19 (.441) in their last 34 AND
        - Pirates do no better than 16-19 (.457) in their last 35 AND
        - Diamondbacks do no better than 20-14 in their last 34

        I think the most unlikely thing in this scenario is both St. Louis and LA collapsing.

        2) The Phillies go 26-8 (.765) in their 34 to finish 87-75.

        In order to get the 2nd wild card spot, all of this would have to happen:
        - Cardinals do no better than 16-19 (.457) in their last 35 AND
        - Dodgers do no better than 17-17 (.500) in their last 34 AND
        - Pirates do no better than 18-17 (.514) in their last 35 AND
        - Diamondbacks do no better than 22-12 in their last 34

        The most unlikely thing here is the Phillies losing only 8 of 34.

        In any case, it’s easy to see why the Phillies only have a 0.1% (1 in 1000) chance of making the playoffs.

         
      • Posts: 0 DavidE

        The 89 is a number just like the projected cut number at the U.S. Open in golf. Teams have actually won divisions with 82 wins but that was in circumstances where there was a really weak division. The Cards won with 82 in 2006 and went onto win the World Series. The Phillies have to get as close to 89 wins as they possibly can to have any shot.

        Regarding the strength of schedule stuff, I don’t put much reliance on it. When the Phillies caught the Mets in 2007, it was the Nationals beating the Mets 5 out of 6 games that cleared the way for the Phillies to win. And, the Nationals were 58-77 going into September. Even the Astros could be competitive during the month.

         
  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Phils really need the Nats and Reds to go on tears except against us. Then have one of the Giants and Dodgers do the same, most probably the giants. Reds alone have 6 vs Pirates, Cards and 3 against DBacks and 3 against the Dodgers. As wasa pointed out, crazier things have happened, but must just keep winning. Those two 1 run loses against the Reds really sting, but that’s been the story all year.

     
  • Posts: 0 Bob in Bucks

    Let’s just take this one step at a time fellows. I won’t even discuss playoffs until the Phils reach .500. That would be playing over .600 for the rest of the season. It will take at least 87 to win a play-in position. Those teams ahead of us play each other and someone has to win. So let’s just hopefully enjoy some good baseball.

     
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    Im with Bob in Bucks….

     
  • Posts: 4128 Lefty

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    • Posts: 2919 Chuck A.

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      There ya go. THAT certainly puts it all into perspective!

       
  • Posts: 2067 Brooks

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    So, lets ask this question – since the Post Season chatter is going on (while the Phils are winning), if by a miracle the Phils make the playoffs, does Cholly finally get the MOY award?

    No, plain and simple, No..

     
    • Posts: 706 schmenkman

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      Not sure if you mean “should he” or “will he”?

      I’ll leave alone the “should he?” and address the “will he?”. This will be the perception among national media:

      - he’s been one of the winningest managers of the past few years and yet hasn’t won MOY
      - he was without his two best hitters for most of the year
      - he was without his best pitcher for 2 months
      - his 2nd best pitcher (Lee) only won 9 (say) games
      - he lost his MVP (Ruiz) for over a month
      - two of his best players and a starting pitcher were traded away in July
      - he then managed to pull from 13 games out in the wild card to surge past several other teams and get in the playoffs (and of course this will be fresh in voters’ minds)

      It’s all academic of course, but if it were to happen, he could certainly win.

       
      • Posts: 0 brooks

        I think Cholly should have received the award twice by my counts now. But, my vote is about as useless as yours.
        Who more deserving than Cholly, this year and in 2009 & 2010 with the pitching he flung together, the injuries he battled through but, the mainstream media disagrees with my thinking.
        If the Phils get into the WC slot, it will not affect the voting.

         
    • Posts: 45 artemis

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      Talking of the hypothetical, if the Phillies win the pennant. CM will make it on the Phillies Wall of Fame! Cheers to that!

       
      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        He’s probably already a lock for the Wall, as the winningest manager in team history and a WS champion.

         
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      George’s mother, who clearly never shopped at 7-11 (who’d want THAT whole market) would scoff at your post, glorifying the idea of Cholly copping MOY honors.

      Let’s be real.

      If the Phillies snare the Two Card, Charlie is a lock for a Nobel Peace Prize, a better bet than Obama or Romney to live in Washington for the next term, and could even win Playmate of the Year.

      A more realistic question would be who would get the ball in the playin game, Cole, Doc, , Cliff, or wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles, the great Kyle Kendrick.

      Davey’s gonna be tough to beat out for that honor, and Dusty appears to have had a helluva year.

       
      • Posts: 0 George

        7-11 is not a grocery store.

         
  • Posts: 834 betasigmadeltashag

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    I love the optimisum rarly seen here on Philliesnaition, and being one of the most optimistic people I know, I would be amazed to see.
    I have also noticed that Charlie actually has managed his pitching staff. I can not remember the last time Charlie used more than one pitcher and innings before they blew the lead. Also he took Lee before he blew up. I have been very impressed with him and taking this team of misfits on a nice run

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    Tis a dangerous question on a Monday to simply greet with “how yous doin? Taken literally, like the questioner really wants to know, whoever heard of a good Monday?

    Yet, to me, this is a really good Monday.

    The select few around these parts that date back to baseball from the early 60s are perhaps like myself in conjuring up memoirs when thinking of Dom Brown to a guy who answered to the name of Ted Savage. Talented, high on athletic skill, Savage was an amateur free agent before they had a draft. My special memory was listening to exhibition baseball, Phillies style, circa around 1963 when the Phils were coming back from the dead (see 1961 for a definition of the dead), and through the magic of radio, you envisioned the play of Savage from the basic description of By, Bill, and His Whiteness.

    Ted’s career didn’t amount to much. He played briefly for the Phils, and circled the majors in an 8 year career that totalled out at .233 on the BA scale. But I’ve always remembered him. It’s easy to remember the Allens, Schmidts and Utleys of the world, it’s the lesser known that perhaps qualify you as more of a baseball guy.

    About a week ago, I out of nowhere decided to play Whatever Happened to Ted Savage. Despite an 8 year or so career, details on him on the internet are sketchy. I semi struck gold when I looked on the Cardinal website. They had a Director of Target Marketing, and I wondered if a Director of Target Marketing can flourish in the position at a ripe old 76 years old.

    I proceeded to call the Cardinal executive offices, and after being on hols listening to Mike Shannon call about 15 home (“get up baby, get up”) runs, I reached a live voice. I don’t know if she was 34-26-34, but she was beautiful to me when she confirmed that the Cards Director of Target Marketing was My Ted Savage.

    I haven’t a clue if Ted travelled a long, difficult road to land on his feet today. All I know is for now, he’s proving that there’s life after baseball. I like the Phils winning, but positive off the field stuff appeals, too. We can all laugh and cry at Mini Mart as he breaks records for ineptitude, but perhaps 40 years from now, some got a bug up his butt person will travel the road I did, and find Mike Martinez discovered life after baseball. Won’t be as cool as finding the whereabouts of Ted Savage, but it would still be a nice story nonetheless.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/savagte01.shtml

     
    • Posts: 0 barry berkeley

      That was a great story, Ken – skillfully done and doggedly researched. Another Phillie hopeful who never quite made it – but one I’ve remembered over the years – is Lou Possehl. (Hint: he was the winning pitcher, by a 6-2 score, in Game 7 of the Class A Utica (NY) Blue Sox win over the Albany Senators in 1947. The Blue Sox were the incubator for the 1950 Whiz Kids.

      I’ve always wondered if Lou “landed on his feet” after pro ball; he came up with arm problems that negated the considerable promise he showed.

       
      • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

        That’s a good job, Barry. Lou be dead now, but I’m glad the essence of the post clicked. To put it another way, as some people hate him, some people love him, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo so eloquently stated in summing up his career as a fan, “Every little boy needs a ball club, and a rock band.” The headliners seem to garner the attention on alumni weekend, and I guess there’s expense with inviting volumes of players, but some of the filler players are what connected our passion to the ballclub, and the sport.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou_Possehl

         
  • Posts: 45 artemis

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    Jason “Werthless” , LOL! I love that! He who commented he will do everything in his power to make sure that our team Phillies will never walk down Broad Street again. HAH!

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    The Cards beat the Pirates last night. That’s cool. In this who the hell knows conglomerate of baseball standings that matters until the Phils lose their nextest game, it’s maybe better that the Cards crush the Bucs, because the Redbirds play Washington next. The Nucklehead Nats better realize that even if they make it to the WS, those games won’t be as important as their games this weekend. Zona and the Dodgers lost, too. Boy, did the Dodgers lose.

    The quest for .500 sea level rolls on with Opening Night of the Must Win season tonight. I can’t wait. I am very sick, I guess. But, go Phils!

     
    • Posts: 2919 Chuck A.

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      I hate the Cardinals. With their “all-decked out in red” fans ( we wear red but it’s different here) politely clapping for their favorite heroes. Ok…yeah, it’s nice to be nice. And I suppose there are drunken d!cks that go to games in St. Louis, too. No city or fanbase is devoid of that. St. Louis has a rich history with those Cards and I respect and admire that as a fan of this great game. But, still, I just can’t stomach the thought of the Cardinals in the postseason again…possibly (gasp) going all the way! And it has nothing to do with them knocking off the Phils so abruptly last October (although that certainly doesn’t help their cause). No…I’ve felt that way for years about them. Maybe it’s the LaRussa factor (although he’s now gone). Maybe it’s the fact that they beat the Tigers in the ’06 World Series when I was pulling hard for the Tigs (my second favorite AL team behind the Orioles). Maybe it’s King Albert and all his sort of smugness…although he’s a damn good player and seemingly a nice guy with “respect” for the game. Maybe it’s none of that and just something that’s always been there for me about them.

      All my early-morning blathering said…..yeah…..it probably IS good that the Cards beat the Pirates last night. It makes the Phils one game closer to over-taking another team in that “conglomerate of baseball standings.” Like it really will matter in the end? Gotta keep the faith….as fans….even if the odds are so greatly against us.

      Go Phils!!!

       
      • Posts: 0 George

        If the Phils go 34-0 the rest of the way, it might not matter what happens between the Cards and Pirates. (See my earlier comment about my mother.)

         
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      If anyone still has any glimmer of hope in the back of their mind about the Phillies making the playoffs, the Cardinals winning is in no way a good thing.

      Moving up in the division is nice, but finishing 4th instead of 5th in the wildcard race because we could pass the Pirates doesn’t really do anything for me.

       
      • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

        It’ll take the type of weather patterns that miraculously breed sunshine in Seattle on consecutive days. The Bucs play a reputed soft schedule the rest of the way, so you hope they lose when they can, and then the club beating them gets ripped up this weekend when they play Washington.

        It’s a very good thing in the League of Hopes and Dreams, which is all this is about, because reality is likely to rear it’s ugly skull somewhere between the first inning tonight, and the end of the wild dream.

        Where there’s life, there’s hope.

        You just love to be wrong, don’t you?

         
      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        Wait, what?

         
      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        Ken, the dream is only alive as long as there is a chance of the Cardinals collapsing.

         
      • Posts: 2919 Chuck A.

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        Well, we have to pass them both. Pirates and Cards. I think we can maaaayyybeee inch by the Bucs but the Cards have to practically collapse, yes that’s correct. Nats need to sweep them this weekend. Too many variables here for the Phils.

        Gotta keep dreamin’ though…. We’re all fans of our team.

         
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