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Dodgers Continue Amazing Streak Behind Dominant Kershaw

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, August 17, 2013 10:06 PM | Comments: 36
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Kershaw is Unhittable 

It’s hard to believe that prior to Saturday, Clayton Kershaw had never beaten the Phillies.  He has been one of the top pitchers in the National League for the last few years, but the Phillies lineup would get to him.  However, this is a different Phillies lineup than in recent years.  When a pitcher with an ERA under 2 goes against an offense that’s almost last in the majors in runs scored, the outcome can be easily predicted.

Kershaw was perfect through four innings.  Everything was working for him as the Phillies didn’t stand a chance.  Domonic Brown finally got the Phillies first hit in the fifth inning, but that wasn’t going to stop Kershaw, who dominated all night.

The Phillies had their biggest threat in the eighth inning when Kershaw started to tire.  They managed to get two men into scoring position, but failed to bring them home.  Kershaw struck out Carlos Ruiz to end the inning and the threat.

Kershaw shut out the Phillies over eight innings.  He allowed just three hits and a walk, while striking out eight.

Kendrick Tosses Six Solid Innings

Within ten minutes of the first pitch, the Phillies were down 1-0 with the bases loaded and nobody out.  It looked to be an ugly first inning for Kyle Kendrick; however, Andre Ethier grounded into a 1-2-3 double play.  A.J. Ellis grounded out to end the inning, as Kendrick escaped the jam with just one run.

Kendrick allowed one more run in the fifth inning on an RBI double to his counterpart, Clayton Kershaw.  Overall, Kendrick pitched fairly well: six innings, two runs on seven hits, no walks, and a strikeout.  Once Kendrick was able to get Ethier to ground into a double play, he really settled down for the rest of the night.

The Dodgers broke the game open in the ninth inning when Juan Uribe smashed a three-run bomb, making it 5-0.

Michael Young Pulled

Michael Young mysteriously was pulled from the game in the third inning.  Questions of a trade arose, but it was announced shortly after that he left the game due to “left ankle soreness.”

Dodgers On a Roll

With the 5-0 win over the Phillies, the Dodgers have won an incredible 42 of their last 50 games.  This ties the best streak in over 100 years.

Meanwhile, the Phillies have yet to score a run in the Ryne Sandberg era.

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  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    And the Phillies continue their amazing streak of ineptitude. Firing Charlie Manuel meant nothing but a few more days of Awful Amaro. The rebuild will embark when Amaro is cashiered. Amaro flat out stinks, He has completely lost his compass and is bouncing off the wall. Get rid of him ASAP.

     
  • Posts: 0 Double Trouble Del

    A collapse and quit mentality not seen in these parts since the 2012 Eagles.

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    3 hits to go along with 3 errors.

    My buddy agreed with me tonight that these 2013 Phillies are the worst team we have ever followed.
    Worse than 2012 Eagles who couldn’t cover anyone worse than Rich Kotight worse than some very bad Flyers teams.

    Amaro has to know his days are numbered.

    Minaya didn’t last long after he fired Willie Randolph.

    I actually think Amaro is worse than Minaya.
    He just wont stop.

    If he wasn’t the GM I could hope Halladay pitches well in Sept.

    But with him as the GM I cannot. I know he isn’t smart enough to make a good deal or pay fair market value. If Halladay pitches well we will be saddled with another over paid injury prone old player.

    how long will he last?

    Did anyone have a bad word to say about Charlie after his firing?

    Its not Charlies fault to have a roster like this.

    Ken Baseball whats the run differential?

    This team has the 3rd highest pay roll in baseball????

    For what? For who?

    Embarrassing.

    And there is no effort.

    Harvey going for the Mets tomorrow.

    I think the Mets may already have an insurmountable lead.
    How pathetic is that?

    Darnaud go his big league debut for the Mets tonight too.

    Thanks Ruben.

    You aren’t even Ruben Minaya anymore.

    Minaya laughs at you.

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      Andrew,

      You’re very entertaining. You knew damned well this was a lost weekend, and yet you take it as another in the never ending series of chances to rip Ruben.

      Relax. Give Ryne a few days to have had a chance to make his presence felt, and the club to test the by product against sensible competition.

      You said their next run would be Sunday, 5th inning, and yet you’re harping on Dummy like they should have turned into an instant contender.

      Let’s see how they play against the Rox, and give him a chance to deal with the ongoing stupid and or inept play that we saw Friday and Saturday.

      Yelling and screaming off the last 2 games suggests expectations against Zack and CK. I know you know better.

      Nolasco’s more beatable. We should see some difference today. Or should I say we freaking better.

      And you are very likely wrong about Charlie retiring..

       
  • Posts: 4383 Lefty

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    Yup, This is all Charlie’s fault. Just like it was Milt Thompson’s fault, just like it was Greg Gross’ fault, just like it’s everyone’s fault but those who really run the organization. Not RA Jr. by himself, all of them. Montgomery, Gillick, Wade, Amaro Jr.- but I guess we’re supposed to buy that it’s still Charlie’s fault.

    We’ll probably see when he comes in here next year as the manager of another team how much of this is his fault.

    FYI – This is my first comment on how I feel about the Manuel firing or whatever they called it. I held off to see if the anger would settle down after a couple days. It hasn’t.

     
    • Posts: 0 hk

      The same old, same old is getting very old with this team, isn’t it? They threw Charlie under the bus, but the same questions remain:

      1. Where’s Freddy Galvis? With the team playing meaningless games, why isn’t Jimmy on the bench resting his old body and Freddy up here showing whether he can be a regular MLB SS over a 40 game stretch. An added benefit to doing this is fewer PA’s for Jimmy reduces the likelihood of him meeting his vesting option for 2015, thereby giving the team more flexibility.

      2. Similarly, where’s Cesar Hernandez? They should know by now if he can play an adequate CF. If so, get him up here and let him get time there. If not, get him up here and let him play 2B while Utley rests some and plays some 1B to get even more rest.

      3. Why is Cody Asche sitting vs. LHP’s?

      4. Why is Michael Young still on this roster? Is it (a) because Rube over-estimated the market for Young on 7/31 and decided to hold him so he could get more in August, (b) Rube over-estimated the chances that the team could get back into the race on 7/31, so he held the guy who he called “our best hitter” or (c) because Rube is planning on bring him back next year?

       
      • Posts: 4383 Lefty

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        Excellent questions, I agree on all counts.

        I have one question for you hk, I’m a baseball lifer, but maybe not quite as savvy on the business side of things as you are.

        If the Phils sit Jimmy while healthy, and it costs him the vesting option for 2015, is there any precedent of the union stepping in and filing a grievance? And if not, could that happen?

         
      • Posts: 0 Carlos Danger

        Lefty – If they sat a healthy Rollins and it cost him his 2015 vesting option, the union would definitely get involved.

         
      • Posts: 4383 Lefty

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        CD- (BTW- Great handle!) Has it ever happened before?

         
      • Posts: 0 hk

        Lefty,

        I suspect that that is the case, but I doubt they’d start looking at it this year. The option vests with 600 PA’s in 2014 or 1,100 PA’s in 2013 and 2014 combined. Since he’s already reached 507 PA’s, he will only need another 593 between now and the end of next year for the option to vest. If they keep playing him this year and he gets to ~650 PA’s, it will be a harder case for them to make next year if they try to keep him under ~450 PA’s so the option doesn’t vest.

        If I was the Phillies GM, I would tell Jimmy that he’s being benched in favor of Galvis because he’s produced a .248 / .304 / .339 line, because his defense has slipped this year, because I have to find out what type of future Galvis has and because I want to save wear-and-tear on Jimmy’s body in what are effectively meaningless games from here on out. What I would know, but not tell him, is that every PA saved this year is huge if he doesn’t rebound next year.

         
      • Posts: 0 hk

        Carlos,

        The union may get involved, but I don’t think they’d win, especially about resting him in games during the rest of this year when the team can make the claims that I made above. Just because a player has a vesting option, a team is not obligated to play that player if he is not earning playing time or if the team has another option that they want to look at / use to replace the player.

         
      • Posts: 4383 Lefty

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        hk, The reason that’s dicey is that even though his AB count looks attainable, if you only play him -say two games a week the rest of this year, he could get injured for a couple of 15 day DL’s next year that might negatively affect him. It’s why I don’t like these incentives in contracts as I understand them. And again, I’m no expert here so my opinions need to be taken with a grain of salt, but I have to ask-

        Why not make incentives performance based like most other businesses would? When the incentives are “can you keep your weight down”, or “can you stay on the field of play”, it just seems silly to me. How about “if you make an All Star Game, win a gold glove, CY, MVP etc.?”, Or better yet – team goals like “If the team achieves playoff status, or finishes top two in the division?”

         
      • Posts: 0 hk

        Lefty,

        I agree with you in disliking these vesting options. In Utley’s case, they are okay because of Utley’s injury history. In Rollins’s case and in Papelbon’s case, they lead to a high probability that management and the player will be at odds as the contract proceeds, especially if the players declines as expected towards the end of the deal. Would Papelbon really have passed on a 4 year / $50M offer or Rollins on a 3 year / $33M offer if the Phils did not include the vesting options? Methinks not.

         
    • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

      Hey there Lefty. Yo man I was never a big Charlie fan cause of a lot of his moves. BUT this isn’t his fault! He lost maybe 5-6 games a year cause of game management. And that’s a given most likely for a lot of managers. But the rest is on Rube for not giving him a roster or bench that could make us contenders. D. Young please! M. Young? ok his numbers aren’t bad but except for a couple of small stretches he’s been eh! and his defense hurt a lot. I don’t have to rehash the roster with you Lefty I know you’re well aware of what and who’s wrong with it.
      Now with that said, I think Rubes in way over his head for one. He in my eyes knows it by the moves he’s made. I didn’t always feel this way cause I was blinded by the FA signings. I say that cause we never had a GM that would spend to get good quality players like that and it was refreshing. And I gave him the benefit of the doubt on the trades cause following baseball all these years (lean years in Philly) I knew to stay on top you have to trade a certain amount of young player to get talent to stay on top. You know as well as I that’s a very difficult thing to do. And I was always willing to think that some of the signings of our core players was just a way to keep competitive while our lower minors had a chance to move up while the core was still producing. But age and injuries always have a way of changing any planned strategy. This is where I fault him. He should have been replenishing some of the premium position players.
      Charlie should have gone after last year and a rebuild announced to us all. They let him hang and even brought in his replacement. ( I like Ryne ) but I think that was wrong to have him on the big club in waiting. Now Sandberg has the same players minus D. Young! whoopee! and what the hell does Rube think Sandberg can do with these under performers? D. Montgomery has to forget about loyalty now and do whats right after the season and fire him ASAP !
      As bad as Wade was he’d be a better GM! (never thought I’d say that) But if you think about it he built and drafted this core and Gillick tuned it up. Wade never had the advantage of an open wallet to go and get what he needed. If he has the purse strings Rube has ? You never know. He fleeced us on a few trades that’s for sure and it won’t be long before the Astro’s will benefit from those trades. I’d give him a shot. I would trust Wade to trade and draft to rebuild over that dummy that’s in there now.

       
      • Posts: 4383 Lefty

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        Hey Ryne, I know you weren’t a fan of Charlie’s and we disagree on Rollins too, but it’s cool. That’s what we’re here for right?

        In my humble opinion, Mr Arbuckle had more to do with the construction of the “5 years of success” than Wade or Gillick. But then again, at this point I think I’m just losing all confidence in RA Jr. so at least we agree on one thing! Have a great day friend.

         
  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Charlie would be a perfect manager for a team like the Nationals.

    Davy Johnson is also that same perfect manager.

    I suspect Charlie is old and will stay in retirement.

    Interesting though that with an Amaro led squad of old injury prone fossils vs a Nats team led by Manuel I would at least root for Charlie to do well.

    He didn’t deserve this bunch.
    Just like Sandberg doesn’t deserve to manage a team like this.

    Amaro should have pulled the Paul Owens and managed it himself.

    He could see the pain in writing in Rollins leading off with his .304 OBP
    You have no where to turn.

    Charlie didn’t rate firing.
    Amaro is still GM.

     
    • Posts: 4383 Lefty

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      Oh my god, the thought of Amaro managing it himself just made me sick.
      I’ve been reading your comments Andrew for what, 5 years or so maybe? And I still think of William Shatner as Captain Kirk speaking in that staccato manner every time I do.

      But Spock,

      The Tularians will back off if WE

      Give them a show of force with OUR

      Photon Torpedos

      Uhura, Haliing frequencies,

      Tell our New friends that we mean business

      Get off my back bones

      I’ll get to sick bay as soon as I can

      Scotty we need more power

      Kirk, Out

       
      • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

        Lefty,
        I’m still laughing at this response. With all depressing news in Phillies land lately, I needed that! Thanks!

         
      • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

        That was great Lefty! I’m a trekkie from way back. I too felt my stomach convulse at the thought of Rube managing the team.

         
      • Posts: 0 George

        Amaro managing wouldn’t be so bad, at least for the rest of this season. Maybe he’s learn that way what a terrible roster he’s assembled.

        Then again, I doubt if he would.

        But if he did manage at all, maybe Papelbon would strangle him, which would eliminate two problems. Amaro couldn’t make any more bad decisions, and Papelbon would be in jail, at least until a jury ruled it “justifiable homicide.”

         
  • Posts: 0 Stephen

    My dad said when he was eating in a restaurant last night when Charlie and his wife came in and had dinner. When Charlie went to pay his tab it was already paid for and he got a standing ovation as he walked out of the restaurant.

     
  • Posts: 2068 Brooks

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    I think echo Chuck A’s comment a few posts ago. Along with this extremely poor effort by the Phils (by the way, the sweep at home will happen today), the front office has shown absolutely no class at all in some of the things they have done recently. Chastising Lee and others for razzing the rookie on national TV – to the public? Not necessary. Pushing the old man out the door, especially on his night? Extremely bad taste.
    If the Phils front office were to plan a day for Cholly, it does’t matter if its during this lame season or afterward the season is over – I would bet there would be close to a parade of fans that would come, cheer and say goodbye to a true hero in our town. I would not blame Cholly for not showing up but he would.
    Oh yeah, all this and 6 hits, 0 runs in the last 2 games – wow.
    I still have a quite a handful of tickets left for this season and the thought of next year? After going down on Friday night and paying $9.50 for a Lager, $12.50 for a coke and some crab fries – I’m seriously rethinking what to do with the money.

     
  • Posts: 0 G7

    This was a great run for 5 years..still hard to believe the A’s left instead of the Phillies..1918-1948 30 yrs of .373 baseball.

     
  • Posts: 0 Fritz

    This team is so bad It reminds me of 1961. Wonder who they can blame it on next?
    Charlie is gone, so it’s not him.Can’t be Chris Wheeler. Could Doc be using Vodoo dolls to make the team bad?Maybe Ryne has been part of the problem all along and Amaro just didn’t want to throw him under the bus.I smell a raton.

     
  • Posts: 2952 Chuck A.

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    Ya know… Charlie will be fine. Anyone else notice the peaceful look on his face the other day during the presser?? It was Amaro that looked conflicted, upset, certainly NOT peaceful. Charlie will be fine. He’s a good, good man who’s very comfortable in his own skin. Whatever he decides to do I will always follow him and root for him.

    ————–

    Brooks – thanks for the shout out. Yeah, I’m done for this season. No more games, no more concessions. I need a new hat, too, but I’m not buying it right now. Plus, my old and faded one is way too comfortable anyway.

     
  • Posts: 0 teejvee

    I can’t remember a fired manager in Phila. -in any sport=being treated like Charlie ( by the fans). Andy Reid?Doug Collins? Don’t let door hit ya. Charlie was truly a fan favorite.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    Quotes…..

    of the Week….

    I was positive. Rock solid certain. When the words, “I didn’t resihn, I didn’t quit nothing” rang out Friday, with forceful body language, I knew, by a greater distance than Atlanta leads Washington, the weekly winning quote was in.

    That was then.

    This is now.

    By an even greater margin, although there’s tremendous doubt anything comes of it, the winner is the everpopular Ruben Amaro, Jr.

    Think about what Ruben said, innocently enough, as he tried to salvage whatever respect he has left from whatcan only be described as a hateful fan base.

    “Charlie,” he began, “I think can manage for another couple years.”

    But then, his foot went straight to his mouth.

    “But we’re looking for someone who can guide us through 4, 5, or 6 years.”

    I’ve never heard such blatant age discrimination. Charlie has NEVER spoke on a definite retirement date. In fact, he mentioned publicly he might manage until he’s 85. Sure, we all thought it was talk, but who’s to say he was jivin’ with us. You run tape of Ruben’s quote and follow up with tape of his infamous, “I don’t do 5 year plans” and you have grounds for a nice settlement out of court.

    The losing quote of the week, sadly goes to still and always favorite Cliff Lee Cliff told us, “its the players fault Charlie got fired.”

    Excuse me? Which players? Yours? For an all-star first half? Doc’s, for getting hurt? Charlie wasn’t getting canned because Cliff struggled. Or are we talking the Martinez’s and NcDonald types who Charlie inherited. No, Cliff. The palyers aren’t at fault. The guy who assembled the roster is, period.

     
    • Posts: 2952 Chuck A.

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      Get your quote straight, Ken. Charlie didn’t say “nothing”….he said “nothin”.. I mean, if we’re gonna quote the great West Virginian former manager of the Phillies at least we owe it to him to get his version of the word right.

      As for Amaro…I didn’t pick up on that little twist or whatever you want to call it in HIS wording but how right you are for pointing it out. I mean who’s to say Charlie Manuel CAN’T manage til he’s 75?? I, for one, would love to see it. Maybe it’s because my own Dad worked full-time til that age and actually still went to the office until he was 80 or so. I’ve always rooted for the old guy. Age means nothing.. Errr… actually I should say NOTHIN’ .

       
      • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

        My point is that Amaro’s, “I think he can manage for another year or two, but we’re looking for someone that can go 4.5.6 years is not only a complete ad lib, but blatant age discrimination.

        Exactly what evidence do they have that Charlie’s mental or physical abilities limit him.

        Amaro’s what,,,47 and there’s a bunch squared of evidence that he’s demented.

        By the way, in LA, Scully is 86, Kings pbp guy Bob Miller is 74, and Big 5 pbper, and now Clipper voice Ralph Lawler is in his 70s.

        Maybe Charlie behind closed doors did show signs of age. Personally, I never saw any publicly, and THAT (limited as it is) is what I’m going on.

         
      • Posts: 2952 Chuck A.

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        And Bob Uecker is something like 78 ….course he’s pretty much of a goon anyway.

         
  • Posts: 462 Morris Buttermaker

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    The thing that really stood out to me last night was the lack of respect and fear the Dodgers showed to the Phillies. The Dodgers knew after their second batter that they had the game won. They knew there was no chance the Phillies could win that game. Look at some of the stupid mistakes they made. The Dodgers got two guys gunned out trying to take an extra base for no apparent reason. And they still won 5-0. Look at the way they celebrated Uribe’s homerun.

    I am not bashing the Dodgers. It’s not boasting if you can do it. They are on the hottest streak any of us have ever seen. They are an amazing team. I am bashing the Phillies. They are a completely defeated team. Truly hopeless.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    Contrary to public opinion, the Phils are not pushovers this afternoon. Course a lot of people think the Phils have quit, which I don’t see. They may be right, but I think there’s some discrepancy between some stupid plays and facing fine pitching with an undertalented roster and quitting, but that’s a to each their own. I’d say they at least put out effort until they’ve reached the point where they know their gonna lose, at a minimum.

    . Clearly, the pitching matchup is fairly even. Cole semi dwarfs Ricky, more because Cole’s pitching well than Ricky’s bad. The Phils’ll score today, and if they can take a lead into where the Dodgers go to the pen, they might be okay. Nolasco has gone deeper than usual of late, which is worth watching for. The Dodger pen advantage, much like any of the ballclubs playing in Williamsport favors LA, and offsets the Hamels advantage. And that’s without Brian Wilson being activated yet, although who knows how he’ll pitch early one. Nolasco is totally thriving on this trade, and if he battles Hamels evenly, the edge swings to LA. But while Nolasco is pretty good, he’s gotta match Hamels to put his team in a favored position. My hope is a 4-2 Phillies win. My thought on a final is too many possibilities to guess. Cole’s challenge is quite different than KK’s last night.

    M Ellis 2B
    Punto 3B
    Ramirez SS
    Puig RF
    Ethier CF
    Van Slyke LF
    Hairston 1B
    Federowicz C
    Nolasco P

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      Ever wonder why Sunday is a day of prayer?

      Check out all that matters in telling us why.

      1. Michael Martinez (S) SS

      Suddenly, Jimmy looks like the best leadoff hitter ever. The OBP for the 1 spot just dropped about 300 points.

      Truth be told, Minnie’s had a couple good Sunday day games, and he’s a better shortstop than anything else.

      Here’s to hope.

       
  • Posts: 0 Bob in Bucks

    Losing brings the worst out of everyone including the above posts. The Phillies are in the inevitable decline that we all knew (or should have known) was inevitable even back in 2006. When you get a bunch of great young players all about the same age it is inevitable that they will all age and fall together.
    In addition winning means you draft at the end of line so the best picks go to others (see Phillies rise and now Nats rise, etc).

    Amaro made the moves to supplement his core infield hitters with top of the line pitching to extend the team’s dominance. This led to 102 wins in 2011. But the price was stripping the farm and loading up long term huge contracts.

    So now there is really no way out. The contracts are too big to move and other teams have realized that prospects are worth much more than in the past.

    I am tired of hearing about who should go. That is easy. But who plays instead of them? Today’s lineup is what you get with no Howard, no Rollins. Like it?

     
    • Posts: 4383 Lefty

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      Bob, with utmost respect for your insightful knowledge of the game, I disagree.

      It did not have to be this bad. Yes, we all knew there was a window in which a championship could be won, but my thoughts were that when it was over we’d be middle of the pack for a short period while retooling with young players who spent a couple of years acclimating themselves to the bigs. Yes they traded/gave up some prospects to keep it going.

      But, Baseball is different than any other sport when it comes to re-tooling because of the enormous size of the first year draft. This paragraph (that I stole) explains it well.

      “Unlike most sports drafts, the first-year player draft is held mid-season, in June. Another distinguishing feature of this draft in comparison with those of other North American major professional sports leagues is its sheer size: under the new collective bargaining agreement the draft lasts 40 rounds, plus compensatory picks. In contrast, the NHL entry draft lasts seven rounds and roughly 215 picks, the NBA draft lasts for only two rounds (60 selections) and the NFL draft lasts for seven rounds”

      40 rounds plus compensatory picks, plus foreign players- IMO- Our scouts have blatantly failed to keep the supply line coming in.

      In addition, they could have adopted the old Branch Rickey line- “I’d rather trade a player a year too early than a year too late.”

      It didn’t have to be this bad.

       
  • Posts: 0 hk

    Bob,

    Why is it inevitable, especially when you are willing to spend like the Phillies, that the core had to decline together? Why couldn’t / can’t the Phillies be like the St. Louis Cardinals and recognize which players to keep around and for how long and which to let go? If St. Louis was smart enough to not extend Pujols too early, for too many years and for too much money, why couldn’t the Phillies?

     
 
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