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Phillies Nation Playoff Predictions

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, March 31, 2013 08:15 AM | Comments: 20
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On Thursday, the Phillies Nation crew gave their picks for MLB awards. Today, we tell you who is going to the postseason and who will win it all. Do you agree?

Alex Lee:
NL EAST: Nationals (97-65)
NL CENTRAL: Reds (93-69)
NL WEST: Dodgers (94-68)
WILD CARDS: Giants (89-73), Phillies (89-73)

AL EAST: Blue Jays (92-70)
AL CENTRAL: Tigers (98-64)
AL WEST: Athletics (93-69)
WILD CARDS: Angels (92-70), Rays (91-71)

Playoffs:
NL WILD CARD: Phillies over Giants
NLDS: Nationals over Phillies, Reds over Dodgers
NLCS: Nationals over Reds

AL WILD CARD: Angels over Rays
ALDS: Tigers over Angels, Blue Jays over Athletics
ALCS: Tigers over Blue Jays

WORLD SERIES: Nationals over Tigers
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Don McGettigan:
NL EAST: Nationals (97-65)
NL CENTRAL: Reds (92-70)
NL WEST: Giants (91-71)
WILD CARDS: Braves (92-70), Diamondbacks (89-73),
*Phillies (86-76)

AL EAST: Rays (94-68)
AL CENTRAL: Tigers (97-65)
AL WEST: Angels (96-66)
WILD CARDS: Blue Jays (91-71), Orioles (90-72)

Playoffs:
NL WILD CARD: Diamondbacks over Braves
NLDS: Nationals over Diamondbacks, Reds over Giants
NLCS: Reds over Nationals

AL WILD CARD: Blue Jays over Orioles
ALDS: Tigers over Blue Jays, Angels over Rays,
ALCS: Tigers over Angels

WORLD SERIES: Tigers over Reds
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Amanda Orr:
NL EAST: Nationals (93-69)
NL CENTRAL: Reds (88-74)
NL WEST: Dodgers (89-73)
WILD CARDS: Braves (92-70), Phillies (88-74)

AL EAST: Rays (90-72)
AL CENTRAL: Tigers (90-72)
AL WEST: Angels (95-67)
WILD CARDS: Blue Jays (88-74), Rangers (86-76)

Playoffs:
NL WILD CARD: Braves over Phillies
NLDS: Dodgers over Reds, Braves over Nationals
NLCS: Braves over Dodgers

AL WILD CARD: Blue Jays over Rangers
ALDS: Angels over Blue Jays, Rays over Tigers
ALCS: Angels over Rays

WORLD SERIES: Angels over Braves
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Jon Nisula:
NL EAST: Nationals (94-68)
NL CENTRAL: Reds (91-71)
NL WEST: Dodgers (88-74)
WILD CARDS: Phillies (89-73), Giants (88-74)

AL EAST: Blue Jays (90-72)
AL CENTRAL: Tigers (88-74)
AL WEST: Angels (98-64)
WILD CARDS: Rays (88-74), Rangers (89-73)

Playoffs:
NL WILD CARD: Phillies over Giants
NLDS: Nationals over Dodgers, Reds over Phillies
NLCS: Nationals over Reds

AL WILD CARD: Rays over Rangers
ALDS: Angels over Rays, Blue Jays over Tigers
ALCS: Angels over Blue Jays

WORLD SERIES: Angels over Nationals
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Ryan Dinger:
NL EAST: Nationals (96-66)
NL CENTRAL: Reds (92-70)
NL WEST: Dodgers (93-69)
WILD CARDS: Braves (91-71), Phillies (89-73),

AL EAST: Blue Jays (93-69)
AL CENTRAL: Tigers (97-65)
AL WEST: Angels (94-68)
WILD CARDS: Rays (90-72), Indians (90-72)

Playoffs:
NL WILD CARD: Phillies over Braves
NLDS: Nationals over Reds, Phillies over Dodgers
NLCS: Nationals over Phillies

AL WILD CARD: Rays over Indians
ALDS: Blue Jays over Tigers, Angels over Rays,
ALCS: Angels over Blue Jays

WORLD SERIES: Nationals over Angels
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Eric Seidman:
NL East: Nationals (92-70)
NL Central: Reds (98-64)
NL West: Giants (89-73)
Wild Cards: Dodgers (88-74), Phillies (89-73)

AL East: Blue Jays (94-68)
AL Central: Tigers (96-66)
AL West: Angels (94-68)
Wild Cards: Yankees (91-71), Rangers (89-73)

Playoffs:
NL WILD CARD: Phils over Dodgers
NLDS: Reds over Phillies, Giants over Nationals
NLCS: Giants over Reds

AL WILD CARD: Yanks over Ranger
ALDS: Tigers over Yankees, Rangers over Blue Jays
ALCS: Rangers over Tigers

WORLD SERIES: Rangers over Giants
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Corey Seidman:
NL East: Nationals (95-77)
NL Central: Reds (96-66)
NL West: Dodgers (90-72)
Wild Cards: Phillies (88-74), Braves (88-74)

AL East: Rays (92-70)
AL Central: Tigers (103-59)
AL West: Angels (97-65)
Wild Cards: Blue Jays (90-72), Rangers (89-73)

Playoffs:
NL WILD CARD: Phillies over Braves
NLDS: Reds over Phillies, Dodgers over Nationals
NLCS: Reds over Dodgers

AL WILD CARD: Blue Jays over Rangers
ALDS: Tigers over Blue Jays, Angels over Rays
ALCS: Tigers over Angels

WORLD SERIES: Tigers over Reds in 5 games
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Pat Gallen:
NL EAST: Nationals (94-68)
NL CENTRAL: Reds (89-73)
NL WEST: Giants (87-75)
WILD CARDS: Dodgers (85-77), Braves (91-71)
*Phillies (84-78)

AL EAST: Rays (90-72)
AL CENTRAL: Indians (88-74)
AL WEST: Angels (98-64)
WILD CARDS: Blue Jays (88-74), Rangers (89-73)

Playoffs:
NL WILD CARD: Dodgers over Braves
NLDS: Nationals over Dodgers, Reds over Giants
NLCS: Nationals over Reds

AL WILD CARD: Blue Jays over Rangers
ALDS: Angels over Blue Jays, Rays over Indians
ALCS: Angels over Rays

WORLD SERIES: Angels over Nationals
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Ian Riccaboni:
NL EAST: Nationals (96-66)
NL CENTRAL: Cardinals (91-71)
NL WEST: Diamondbacks (90-72)
WILD CARDS: Reds (90-72), Giants (88-74)
*Phillies (86-76)

AL EAST: Jays (89-73)
AL CENTRAL: Tigers (90-72)
AL WEST: Angels (96-66)
WILD CARDS: Rays (88-74), Orioles (87-75)

Playoffs:
NL WILD CARD: Giants over Reds
NLDS: Giants over Nats, Diamondbacks over Cardinals
NLCS: Giants over Diamondbacks

AL WILD CARD: Rays over Orioles
ALDS: Angels over Rays, Jays over Tigers
ALCS: Jays over Angels

WORLD SERIES: Giants over Jays

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  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    A tale of 2 predictors…..

    The predictions get jumbled up when you read several in 1 piece, and have a low iq. So I think I’m reading correctly that Don has the Braves making the playoffs, and losing in their play in to the Diamondbacks, Amanda has the Braves winning the NL pennant.

    You never know about these things until they play out, but as I sit here some 30 plus hours before PLAY BALL is the call, there’s what I believe is at least a degree of practicality to making predictions that have a chance, or better one, I should say of developing.

    Atlanta might make the playoffs. Reasonably good chance. And they have some real good pitching, but making the playoffs, a 162 game basis is one thing. How you fare against the superior pitching that is playoff baseball is not entirely as different as exhibition season, and regular season. If you think the ATL club can be looked forward to manufacturing runs enough to win a, or multiple series against that playoff leverl of pitching, suffice to say we march to different beats.Don’s loss to Arizona eems a much better chance of playing out.

    Frankly, I don’t expect this, but it wouldn’t shock me if Fredi Gonzalez is a publiciized candidate to lose his job by the all-star break.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    Nite to Ian,

    I like a guy who rises above the Giants have been lucky the last 2 of 3 years, and I assume genuinely respects them enough to predict a 3rd in 4 titles..

    Which brings me to my point. I don’t know who you picked as your player to watch the other day, but I noticed an absence of Tim Lincecum’s name in the poll. What a time for TL. Free agent year, off a miserable 2012, BUT pitched well and in a strange spot when his team needed it, and now a spring sith some good, but also at least an equal amount of bad innings.
    I have an annoying habit of rooting like hell for the Lincecum, Maddux, Halladay types, so if my list of players to watch in ’13 is short, TL is on it.

     
  • Posts: 2981 Chuck A.

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    Ok…I think I counted 16 (?) different teams in the “mix”…all of which I would agree have a shot. Lots of Phillies Wild Card predictions, which I’ve said for some time now is a real possibility. I’m thinking 90 victories.

    No one, however, had our Phils advancing beyond the NLCS and most not beyond the NLDS. I can understand that logic but the homer in me is predicting the Phillies going to The Show. Will they win it all? Maybe. Maybe they’re a 3rd place team, too. But I just have this “feeling” about them this year. And I’m not basing it on any logical or empirical data. It’s just a feeling. Call me a homer, call me a fool. That’s fine. But this IS what I’m basing it on:

    - Utley and Howard in the lineup from Day One. 140 games for each. HUGE lift to the lineup.
    - I like Revere at the top of the order. Dude is fast as hell and, if he gets on base, can and will cause havoc for the opposing pitcher.
    - D Brown comes of age. Finally.
    - Lee will be very good.
    - Doc won’t be the Doc of ’10 and ’11 but I think he’s a very good #3 pitcher. 12-14 wins.
    - Kendrick’s second half last year wasn’t a fluke. He’s finally a legit MLB starting pitcher.
    - Hamels wins 20 and maybe the the Cy Young. It’s his time.
    - An improved back end of the bullpen. Adams will make a difference and Aumont, if he can locate, will be lethal.

    These guys don’t have “swagger” but I think they are a team of veterans with some young guys thrown in and I think they’re gonna gel just at the right time. Like I said, call me crazy but I think it’s a very real possibility.

    Of course, you guys are certainly free to totally BLAST me if they’re buried by mid-May…

     
    • Posts: 0 R.C. Collins

      I hope you’re right Chuck, but I see this team winning somewhere between 78-82 games. I’m as big a fan as anyone, but also a realist. I understand everyone’s early optimism, but Halladay just hasn’t been an effective pitcher for a full calendar year now. We’ve heard several explanations, several denials, and several plans for how he’ll turn things around. I just don’t see any progress with him…just steady regression. I’d be shocked if he wins as many as 10 games, and wouldn’t be surprised at all if there’s a DL stint in his near future. I think the defense at the corners (on a team that is supposedly “built on pitching”) will frustrate us all as the season goes on. I’ll enjoy the flood of the Phillies making the post season predictions, though. That’s what makes the sport great – everyone is in first place right now.

       
      • Posts: 2981 Chuck A.

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        If Halladay spends a considerable (more than a month) amount of time on the DL then, yeah, I’ll lower my win total and take them out of the running for a playoff spot. Hamels and Lee will carry the rotation, KK will be very good I feel and Lannan is just a serviceable #5 that’s not gonna make a difference one way or another.

         
      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        With Halladay and Howard struggling last year they played at a 95-win pace in the second half.

        I don’t think they’ll repeat that, but something in the high 80s is achievable, and if things break right, possibly more.

         
      • Posts: 0 R.C. Collins

        This is a different year with different problems. They still look like a .500 team to me. Last year at this time I said 2012 would see the changing of the guard in the NL East, and most people here said the Nationals weren’t ready yet. I don’t see how they’ve narrowed the gap between themselves and Atlanta or Washington. I’ll stick with somewhere between 78 and 82 wins. We’ll compare notes after the season and see who was right…

         
      • Posts: 0 wbramh

        I agree.
        A .500 team with new strengths and new weaknesses.
        More troubling are the lingering “maybes.”

        Maybe A stays healthy all year, maybe B finally live up to his hype, maybe C will have a turn-around year, maybe D will recover his lost velocity, maybe E can master the off-speed pitch, maybe F can learn to play a new position, maybe G will keep the weight off, maybe H can call a good game even if he can’t hit, maybe i can manage more aggressively, maybe J can strengthen his throwing arm and start hitting home runs, maybe K will finally learn to hit lefties, maybe L stop popping out to the second baseman, Maybe a set of high-flying cleats won’t take out an aging M’s knees, maybe an aging N’s ankle will hold together, maybe young O won’t re-fracture his vertebrae while swinging a bat, maybe P can cut down on fielding errors, maybe Q won’t get suspended again for juicing, maybe R won’t get into any more drunken and public rages, maybe S over in the front office will stop trading players even up for nobody, maybe the 2013 team will be exciting enough to keep fans in the seats, Maybe a fat 2014 TV contract won’t make the front office indifferent to the team’s performance on the field, maybe the 2015 version of Bryce Harper or Stephen Strasburg or Ryan Zimmerman is already signed to a system that was once stocked with enough talent to bring two pennants and a World championship to this city.

        Maybe, maybe maybe, maybe, maybe.
        Always a cautionary word – especially when it’s applied everywhere.

         
      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        If all the maybes pertaining to 2013 go the Phillies way, we’re looking at a 120-win team. If none do, we’re bottoming out at 70. I’ll take something around the middle.

         
    • Posts: 5121 Lefty

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      You’re a fool, and a homer ! You said I could.

       
      • Posts: 2981 Chuck A.

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        Well…..I guess I’ve been called a lot worse! Happy Easter, Lefty!

         
      • Posts: 5121 Lefty

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        Same to you and yours Chuck.

         
  • Posts: 0 jake

    IMO if the Phillies make the playoffs, they make a deep run.
    By the end of the season, if this team is in the playoffs (aka around 90 wins) that means, you’ve had a somewhat healthy and effective Halladay, productive seasons from Delmon Young and/or Dom Brown. Mike Young’s defense hasn’t hurt them and he’s rebounded at the plate somewhat from his 2012 form. You also have production from Utley and Howard.
    If that’s the case, would you really pick against a team with a two #1s, a hall of famer with his last hurrah as #3 and a decently productive line up?
    Aside from the Nats there isn’t a team per-se that I’d pick in a 5 or 7 game series.

    To me, this Phillies season is about making the playoffs. Their health issues are “long” term ones. IF they are in, they are as good as any team in baseball.

     
    • Posts: 2981 Chuck A.

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      jake – agree wholeheartedly! That’s why I have them actually going to the Series instead of being knocked off after the first round.

       
  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    I feel strangely optimistic about this season. I agree that it is all about making it into the playoffs. Once we make it there we have a realistic shot against anyone. I think they might even be able to pull out the division if a couple things go well.

     
  • Posts: 5121 Lefty

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    I am also optimistic. I’m not sure if it’s because things are so much better injury wise than at this time last year, which may or may not be good enough for a run at the WFC, or if it’s just the normal spring time optimism. I can’t explain it, but I am supremely confident, more-so than when we had the four aces.

    Don’t know why, but it doesn’t matter I guess, just bring em on!

    92-70 You read it here first.

     
    • Posts: 2981 Chuck A.

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      I’m tellin’ ya… I feel it as well. And, yeah, I wasn’t buying into that four aces thing at the time either. Halladay yes and Hamels yes to a lesser extent. I didn’t feel the Lee thing all that much (although he pitched well enough that year) and I didn’t feel Oswalt at all (although I was glad we traded for him in ’10). But that whole hyped up four aces thing kinda irritated me.

       
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    Tips of the hat to ex big leaguers Jeff Nelson and Frank Thomas on their pre season predictions. Big Frank has the Nats winning the two card, and the Braves catching the original wild card slot. Nellie has the Braves getting in via the 2 card, and the Nats the “real” wild card.

    In both instances, the Phils are their choices to not only win the East, but to lose to the Tigers in the Fall Classic.

    By now, you either get the upside capabilities of this ballclub, or you don’t,

     
  • Posts: 276 Jeff of Nova

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    Ken well said,

    With every team their are the what ifs, some bigger some smaller depending on the situation.

    This team has What ifs, but if you believe, then this team has an October future. The only thing to me that is a glaring What if is Halladay, Utley, Howard, Brown showed what they can do and are healthy in spring training.

    My pick Phillies will be better than the Nats this year, 89+ wins experience and pitching get them to the Series.

     
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    I hate making predictions because chance always has a way of predicting the flow of things in its own logical way, but here it goes: Phil’s get in via the second wildcard, and make a deep run. I don’t think they can win the division unless the Braves and Nats help out. Obviously, the phillies need to remain healthy and Doc has to have a somewhat decent season. Play ball!

     
 
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