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  • #46
    Another tough loss. They haven't seemed to catch any breaks lately either. Harper is playing with his ass on fire even more than usual. He's been making plays on defense and the bases while he hasn't been hitting for much power. His all-around play recently has been as impressive as it's been all season.
    "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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    • #47
      Sept 27-28: Friday night the Phillies clawed their way back to .500 winning a 15 inning game, 5 to4 over the Marlins. At one point the Marlins relievers had a virtual three hit shutout over 9 innings. The game was won on an error, when in the bottom of the 15th inning the Phillies loaded the bases with one out. Adam Haseley it a grounder to shortstop that the usually sure-handed Miguel Roja bobbled.is throw to the plate for a force out was too late and the winning run scored.
      The Phillies needed a win badly after their five game sweep by the Washington Nationals and they were determined to win tonight even if the game became a marathon that dragged on past midnight into Saturday morning, Sept. 28. The Phillies are now 80-80 with two games to play. Zach Eflin pitches Saturday and Sunday's Phillies pitcher is still to be decided.

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      • #48
        Sept. 29: The Phillies are unable to sweep the Marlins and their season ends with a .500 finish at 81-81.
        The mrlins took an early lead and then held off some late Phillies rallies to win 4 to 3.
        This means that the Phillies have not had an over .500 finish since their last NL East title team of 2011. It's been a near-decade ace of losing since then with five of the eight teams from
        2012 to 2019 finishing far under .500 and only three Phillies teams being somewhat competitive, with finishes at or around the break-even point.

        2012: 81-81.
        2018: 80-82.
        2019: 81-81.

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        • #49
          With a game so important to the Phillies yesterday - A win creates an over .500 finish, a loss ggets them mired down at .500 - the break-even point, 81-81 I have to seriously question Gabe Kapler's strategy of making the game a bullpen game, where he used reliever after reliever for 1 or 2 innings stints. staff ace, Aaron Nola,was due to pitch the season finale, but then Kapler decided to shut him down for the remainder of the season due to a high innings pitched total. Shouldn't he have trusted someone like Cole Irvin who has been a starting pitcher essentially for his whole career. and who was The International League's Pitcher of the Year last year, rather than to turn a very important game for the Phillies franchise over to 7 or 8 relievers.
          If I had a say, Kapler wouldn't be returning to the Phillies in 2020. He has not been able to bring out the best of the Phillies roster these past two year's and both the 2018 and 2019 teams failed miserably over the last third of the season after promising starts. His record for two years at the helm of the Phillies is a lackluster 161-163.

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          • #50
            October 9: Ex-Phillie, HOWIE KENDRICK (2017) hits a 10th inning grand slam to give the Washington Nationals an upset victory over the National League's winningest team, the Los Angeles Dodgers (106-56) In a National League division series. The home run is sure to make Kendrick a legend as it provides the first playoff series victory ever for the Washington Nationals franchise. Kendrick is a .294 career hitter, with 1,722 Hits in 1,596 major league games.

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