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2012 World Series Preview: Detroit Tigers vs San Francisco Giants

Detroit: 88-74; 1st in AL Central
San Francisco: 94-68; 1st in NL West

Schedule – 8 PM, EST; FOX
Game 1: Oct. 24: Justin Verlander (17-8, 2.64) at Barry Zito (15-8, 4.15)
Game 2: Oct. 25: Doug Fister (10-10, 3.45) at Madison Bumgarner (16-11, 3.37)
Game 3: Oct. 27: Anibal Sanchez (9-13, 3.86 vs Ryan Vogelsong (14-9, 3.37)
Game 4: Oct. 28: Max Scherzer (16-7, 3.74) vs Matt Cain (16-5, 2.79)
Game 5*: Oct. 29: DET vs SF
Game 6*: Oct. 31: DET at SF
Game 7*: Nov. 1: DET at SF


Rotation: D. Fister, A. Sanchez, M. Scherzer, J. Verlander.

Bullpen: A. Albuquerque, J. Benoit, P. Coke (CL), O. Dotel, R. Porcello, D. Smyly, J. Valverde.

Catchers: A. Avillia, G. Laird.

Infield: M. Cabrera, P. Fielder, O. Infante, J. Peralta, R. Santiago, D. Worth.

Outfield: Q. Berry, A. Dirks, A. Garcia, A. Jackson, D. Kelly, D. Young (DH).

Rotation: M. Bumgarner, M. Cain, R. Vogelsong, B. Zito.

Bullpen: J. Affeldt, S. Casilla, G. Kontos, T. Lincecum, J. Lopez, J. Mijares, G. Mota, S. Romo (CL).

Catchers: B. Posey, H. Sanchez

Infield: J. Arias, B. Belt, J. Crawford, A. Huff, P. Sandoval, M. Scutaro, R. Theriot.

Outfield: G. Blanco, X. Nady, A. Pagan, H. Pence.

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The Perfect Season: Lidge will always be defined by 2008

Brad Lidge, who like Tugger, will be remembered for his iconic celebration to close the final game of only the 2nd championship in 130 years of Phillies baseball. ( Schwalm)

The phrase “what have you done for me lately” has become somewhat of an anthem for Philadelphia fans.

And rightfully so it may seem, the sense of nostalgia and gratitude come to mind when referencing some of Philadelphia’s most notable athletes.

A little over three years ago, though recent, hardly counts under “lately” but in the case of Brad Lidge, it doesn’t really matter.

What Lidge did during the 2008 season, especially in the closing month of October, will always define his four-year tenure in Philadelphia, regardless how the final three years here played out.

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The stage is set: Cardinals to face Rangers in World Series

One team has unfinished business to settle.

The other has destiny on it’s side.

On Wednesday, those two teams will meet in the 2011 Fall Classic. The St. Louis Cardinals, who capped off a miraculous September run to steal the Wild Card from the Atlanta Braves. They will host the Texas Rangers, who are playing in their second straight World Series.

St. Louis is the first Wild Card team since the 2006 Detroit Tigers to have home field advantage in the World Series. The 2004 Boston Red Sox are the last Wild Card team to host the World Series and win it. The latter knows a little bit about miracles, especially when the comeback against the New York Yankees in the ALCS and the end of an 86-year curse were complete with a sweeping of the Cardinals in the 2004 World Series.

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Giants Win World Series

The Rangers needed a stellar performance from Cliff Lee to keep their hopes alive. Instead they got six shut-out innings from him before Edgar Renteria’s three-run bomb in the seventh helped lead the Giants to a 3-1 win.

It was the first time the Giants won the World Series since 1954 when they were still in New York.

Giants closer Brian Wilson celebrates his World Series-winning strike out of Nelson Cruz. It's the first World Series for the Giants since moving from New York to San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Tim Lincecum pitched beautifully, his only blemish being a solo shot by Nelson Cruz in the bottom of the seventh. Lincecum went eight innings, allowing only a run on three hits, two walks, and striking out 10. Brian Wilson notched the save by striking out Cruz to win the game.

Former Phillies Pat Burrell and Aaron Rowand won their second titles, respectively. Burrell’s first came with the Phils in 2008 and Rowand’s in 2005 with the White Sox.

The Rangers’ Bengie Molina will still receive a ring despite playing on the losing side. He played 61 games this season with San Francisco, qualifying him as a member of their championship team.

It’s also the second straight year Lee has made it to the World Series but left empty handed. He led the Phillies to the Fall Classic last season but fell to the New York Yankees in six games.

Congratulations Burrell, Rowand, and the rest of the Giants for winning the World Series. Way to bring it back to the NL!

And on a side note, so glad to see Buster Posey win. Hard to not root for that kid.

Monster Eighth Sends Giants to 2-0 lead

The Giants expanded on their 2-0 lead in the eighth with seven runs to win, 9-0, on Thursday.

C.J. Wilson pitched good enough for the win but the Rangers offense didn’t show up again. Matt Cain pitched 7 2/3 of shut-out, four-hit ball.

The series heads straight to Texas now with the Rangers in a 2-0 hole. Still a chance to revive the bats in their own park in a town that hasn’t seen a championship.

But this is a Giants offense that has woken up since game six of the NLCS. Should be an interesting three-game trip to Arlington.

Uribe Blast Lifts Giants

Cliff Lee was humanized in last night’s 11-7 drubbing by the Giants in game one of the World Series. For those of you who thought the Giants making it were a fluke, you got silenced.

Juan Uribe put the game way out of reach, hitting a three-run homer to cap-off a six-run fifth inning that gave San Fran an 8-2 lead.

Lee gave up seven runs, six earned, in only 4 2/3 innings. He was chased after giving up three runs in the fifth with two of Uribe’s three RBIs off his homer being credited to Lee. It snapped Lee’s seven-game winning streak in the post season.

Do the Giants really have what it takes to beat the Rangers, who were seemingly favored in this World Series?

2009 Phillies Moment #5: Ring Ceremony Game

Is this moment more memorable because it was Harry’s last appearance at home?  Is it because it brought ‘closure’ to the 2008 World Series Champions and announced 2009 was underway?  How about the crazy game that followed the ceremony?  It was all of these.

The Phillies trailed 10-3 to Atlanta going into the bottom of the seventh when they exploded for eight runs to take the lead for good.  In the process they picked up their first win of the 2009 season.  Not only that, but none of the runs scored came on extra base hits.  Eight runs on three singles, four bases loaded walks and a ground out.

The ring ceremony was one of the highlights of the day, most of the current Phils got their rings from 2008.  Guys who weren’t even with the club at the time came by. Former Phil Pat Burrell made a quick appearance to pick up his ring and get one final salute from the Phils fans.  Unfortunately for Adam Eaton he did show, and the fans let him know how much they appreciated his 2008 efforts (or lack thereof).

But the biggest story was the final public appearance of Harry Kalas.  None of the fans at the game or watching on television knew it at the time, but as HK threw out the first pitch, that would be the last time we’d see him at Citizens Bank Park.

-Real Deal

I was at this game. Such an unbelievable day. Like Dan said, we didn’t know at the time that this was going to be HK’s last home game. I had to be back at school to turn in a paper and planned on leaving after the seventh because Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, and Ryan Howard were due up. Me and my brother went downstairs and watched the game from the first base side and we were in awe watching the come back. We left after the eight-run inning, listening to it on the radio.


High Hopes

What did the Phillies really fail at? They failed to win consecutive championships for the first time in about 10 years and in the National League since the 1970’s. They failed to beat the Yankees, the best team in baseball. They failed to be legendary. I say so what?

This Phillies team proved this year that last year was no fluke and that this team is in the elite. They hung with the big boys and dominated good teams. They have the core of the team in their prime and a bunch of young talent waiting in the wings. Just because they didn’t do it again this year doesn’t mean it’s over. This team can win its 4th straight division. This team can breeze its way through the playoffs. This team can see themselves back in the World Series.

Sure there are a few problems to be addressed in the off season but we will look at that later. For now, let’s soak in a successful season, recap the highs and lows, watch whatever football, hockey, or basketball team you watch, and worry about the off season when it becomes relevant.

I want to say thank you to the Phillies for giving us another helluva season. I want to thank Ruben Amaro Jr. for assembling a great team. You may have sucked as a player but you are doing a good job so far as a GM. I want to thank all the journalists I followed on Twitter and in their articles including Todd Zolecki and David Murphy. Great season to everyone and see you in 150 days. And Yankees, we’ll see you June 15-17 in your house.

Yankees Win 2009 World Series

Once again, the Yankees are Pedro Martinez’s daddy. The Phillies season has finally ended as the Yankees beat up the Phillies pitching, winning game 6 by a score of 7-3 and the series 4-2. Hideki Matsui went 3-4 with six RBI’s, falling a triple shy of the cycle, as he single handedly killed the Phillies hopes of forcing game 7.

Martinez was awful, going just four innings and allowing four runs on three hits and two walks, striking out five. His opponenet, Andy Pettitte, went 5.2, allowing three runs on on four hits and five walks. Despite pitching like crap, Pettite earned the win. Mariano Rivera pitched the last five outs, getting Shane Victorino to ground out to Robinson Cano to seal the victory.

The offensive fire power got going early for the Yankees when Matsui hit a two-run homer in the second. The Phillies answered with a run in the bottom of the inning but were soon counter-punched when Matsui hit a two-run single to make it a 4-1 game.

The Yankees then tacked on three more off of Chad Durbin in the 5th. They got an RBI single by Mark Teixeira and a two-run double by Matsui to make it a 7-3 game. Ryan Howard then came alive, answering with a two-run homer off Pettitte to finally chase him from the game. The Phillies had a huge opportunity in the 7th with Utley at the plate and two outs with two runners on but specialist Demaso Marte came in to strike him out to end the inning.

Carlos Ruiz and Raul Ibanez were the only bright spots of the night. Chooch went 2-2 with a walk and a run scored. Ibanez had a pair of doubles. For the Yankees, Derek Jeter had three hits and two runs.

On a side note, Ryan Howard struck out for the 13th time this World Series, a new record. Matsui also tied Bobby Richardson’s record of six RBI’s in a single game. Richardson did the feat back in 1960 versus the Pirates.

Stars of the Game:
Game 1: Cliff Lee
Game 2: AJ Burnett
Game 3: Nick Swisher
Game 4: Johnny Damon
Game 5: Chase Utley
Game 6: Hideki Matsui

World Series MVP (official):

Hideki Matsui: 8-13 (.615), 3 runs, double, 3 HR, 8 RBI,

World Series LVP:
Ryan Howard: 4-23 (.178), 3 runs, 2 doubles, HR, 3 RBI, 13 K’s (new record)

Phillies Player of the Series:
Chase Utley: 6-21 (.286), 6 runs, double, 5 HR’s, 8 RBI, SB

Hamels Wants Ball in Game 7

Cole Hamels is obviously over his little tantrum he had after game three. He said after game five that he wants the ball in game seven:

“Who wouldn’t want the ball in Game 7? This is the ultimate dream to be able to pitch in the most competitive situation anybody could ever be in — that would be to be in Game 7 of the World Series. Even though I might not have the best results leading up to it, I’ve always wanted it.”

Hamels‘ comments from game three:

“I can’t wait for it to end. It’s been mentally draining. It’s one of those things where, a year in, you just can’t wait for a fresh start.”

Hamels‘ comments on his prior remarks:

“When you write the first five lines of a complete sentence, it’s hard for everybody else to understand that. But you know what, I’ve said some dumb things and I think everybody has. I have to make it clear what I really want to say sometimes. It’s hard to play baseball and talk at the same time.”

There were reports that Brett Myers got in Hamels‘ face after game five saying “I thought you quit,” but Leslie Goodell confirmed it was a joke. From her tweets:

Reply Contrary to reports, Myers was kidding when he told Hamels “I thought you quit”. I was standing btwn them.

Myers didn’t know about Coles comments telling me “I don’t read the paper”. Myers later apologized to Cole for the bad timing of his joke.