WSBGMs would like to take this opportunity to thank the Philadelphia Phillies for one helluva ride this season. Third straight NL East title and back-to-back World Series appearances...that's the stuff I used to dream of when I was a kid. They may not have won the coveted championship this year, but they're still a great team worthy of adoration. We have the entire season to hash out a game plan for free agents, trades, and other roster moves. Today we will look back on the playoffs as a whole...
*Totals- .247/.345/.472, 24 2B, 5 3B, 25 hr, 82 r, 11 sb.
*Although Ryan Howard's bat was seemingly nonexistent during the WS, he did collect 17 total rbi during the playoffs.
*Chase Utley proved why he's Philadelphia favorite son, belting 5 WS homeruns and scoring 15 runs to lead the team in the '09 playoffs.
*Jayson Werth flexed his muscle, popping 7 homeruns, also scored 13 and drove in 13.
*Chooch Ruiz batted .341 with a 1.082 OPS. Secret weapon.
*Jimmy Rollins ended his dismal season with a dismal playoffs line- .234/.587.
*Pedro Feliz, aside from Game 4 of the WS, was a complete waste- .167/.548.
*Ben Francisco was 0-11...ouch.
*Totals- 132 ip, 116 k, 3.95 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 9-6 record.
*Cliff Lee won 4 games in 5 starts and posted a 1.56 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP. Domination.
*Brad Lidge had 5 scoreless appearances, but 1 costly appearance in which he surrendered 3 runs and the ball game.
*Ryan Madson pitched in 12 of the 15 games.
*Cole Hamels gave up 7 homeruns in 19 innings pitched with a 7.58 ERA. Thankfully for him, his season is now officially over.
WSBGMs Readers Reactions:
Sir Alden- Thank you boys of Summer. See you next year!
Aaron- I got nothing bad to say. The Phils are all heart and I'm proud of them. I got a feeling we will be celebrating this time next year. And know this Phillies fans....No Yankee fan will ever know the pure joy we felt last year. When it comes too easy it's not as special.
Scottie- I agree, a great season and I love this team, but ole Cholly made me scratch my head with even starting Pedro and then leaving him in to face Matsui (just like Lidge the other night). Why? Oh well, the same things that killed us all year (bullpen, worst closer in game, poor clutch hitting, JRoll not showing up,..) came back to haunt us in this season and yet we were oh so close. Bring on 2010!!!
Zac- Pitchers and catchers report February 14th. Great season GMs... thanks for time well wasted :)
GM-Carson- I'm not even mad this morning. Wasn't really all that upset last night. The Phils are a great team, #2 in baseball, that's still pretty damn impressive. Being in the playoffs and back in the World Series was fun and entertaining, lets do it again next year.
Not too many regrets about this season, because the "what-if" game is tiring and unproductive. However, I do regret the Phils not winning the World Series because it robbed me of the chance to post this picture...wait, guess it worked out anyway.