The Philadelphia Phillies’s got some work done this month. Their 19-4 September run clinched the N.L. East and secured the best record in the N.L. Not to mention they are MLB Predictions favorites to win the N.L. Pennant and second only to the New York Yankees to win the 2010 World Series.
It’s still unclear who the Phillies will play in the first round of the playoffs. But does it really matter? In the past 14 games against N.L. contenders, Atl., S.D., S.F., and Cinn., Philadelphia is 13-1. With 6 MLB Predictions regular season games left, Philadelphia is busy getting their pitching rotation lined up and hopefully getting former MVP Jimmy Rollins back into the line-up.
With pitchers Hamel, Halladay, Oswalt and Lidge, marquee players Howard, Rollins, Werth, Utely, and Victorino, the Philadelphia Phillies’s may be putting together a historic team, perhaps a modern day dynasty. The Atlanta Braves starting rotation of Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz come to mind, yet that combination could only combine for one World Series title in 1995.
It looks like two teams in the National League have a chance of slowing Philadelphia down; San Francisco and San Diego both have better team pitching statistics. In the American League you can’t count out the Tampa Bay Ray’s, Minnesota Twins, and of course the New York Yankees. Minnesota has MLB’s second best record in September and is the A.L.’S hottest team. At Las Vegas odds 15-2 to win the 2010 World Series, they may be worthy of a wager. Tampa Bay has MLB Predictions best road record which could be the deciding factor if the meet the Phillies in the 2010 World Series.
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