Capable of greatness - or a letdown
If the Phillies fail to win the World Series -- and let's face it, the odds are against any one team winning the World Series -- I hope the "soft/complacent" argument doesn't get traction.
Comparing the 1976-78 Phillies to 2007-09
Crashburn Alley compares the Phillies first division three-peaters with (hopefully) the second.
Pedro Martinez is the latest pitcher to cause concern for the postseason. In his first start after throwing 130 pitches, Ramirez lasted three innings and 56 pitches. He told reporters he had a stiff neck but his arm felt strong. Stay tuned.
My opinion: Gose BlueClaws No. 1 prospect
Trevor May #5? Gose #1? OOooghh...
Who's the ace? It isn't as easy a decision as you would think. If this was strictly about 2009 numbers, Cliff Lee would be the Game 1 starter for Charlie Manuel by a landslide. But there is one sticky issue here: Lee has never pitched in the postseason. And pitching when the air gets crisp and the fans get loud is a heck of a lot different than even in the heat of a September pennant race.
Why is this even a question? Seriously, who cares?
BILLY BALL: The Wright stuff
It's important to be reminded that these are real people -- some good, some not so good -- even the ones who play for archrivals.
The Marlins now sit eight games back of the first-place Phillies.
I'm going to keep my opinions to my self since I think Doug Glanville is such a terrific human being.