Tagged: Phillies

Get A Game In Philly

No one predicted the Reds to be here, not even me. I thought they would be better but not there yet. Everyone thought they didn’t have the offense to go along with their pitching. They weren’t experienced enough. They didn’t have a star.

Well they had enough offense. Cabrera, Rolen, Rhodes, and later “The Bruce Whisperer” Edmonds led the way. Joey Votto was a star and will win the NL MVP award. Aroldis Chapman provided a September boost and Bronson Arroyo was as steady as they come.
I am 19 years old, and at times over the last 10 years or so it seemed like the Reds would never make the playoffs in my lifetime. They did and they have drawn the Phillies who are widely seen as the best team in the National League.

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The pressure is on Philadelphia, not Cincinnati. And it is very important that the Reds realize this. Dusty Baker will probably remind them of this as they go out before the raucus crowd in Philadelphia. If the Reds can get game one, then the pressure will really be on the Phillies, and a lot of pressure would be taken off the Reds to be the Reds killer Roy Oswalt.
They have played Roy Halladay well this year. They beat him once, and Travis Wood took a prefect game into the 9th inning this year as he squared off against Halladay. The Reds would go on to lose that game but not until the 11th inning.
So if the Reds can get one or two in Philadelphia, they will be able to come ome to Cincinnati with a chance to finish off the series. The Cincinnati fans will be fired up for something they havent had in 15 years. 
The Reds may be a long shot to actually pull it off, but man, IM FIRED UP!!
Go Reds! Beat the Phillies!
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NL East and West 2010 Preview

The 2010 season is upon us as there are 4 days remaining until pitchers and catchers report. I already previewed the NL Central where I predicted:
1. Cardinals
2. Brewers
3. Reds
4. Cubs
5. Astros
6. Pirates.
The Cardinals have Pujols and Holliday, and Carpenter and Wainwright as both top tier pitching and hitting duos, and they are too talented not to win the central. Here’s how everything else will shake out I believe.

NL EAST
1. Philadelphia Phillies
Halladay and Hamels will combine to win around 35 games by themselves and the Phils also feature one of the best lineups in baseball from top to bottom. They will overpower the rest of this otherwise average division.
2. New York Mets-Wild Card
At least this season, the Mets won’t collapse down the stretch and come in second. They simply won’t be able to keep up from the Phils. I think David Wright’s power numbers will rebound and Jason Bay and Johan Santana give the Mets a shot at the wild card. I think they get it.
3. Florida Marlins
josh-johnson.jpgJosh Johnson is quietly developing into one of the best unknown pitchers in baseball. Hanley Ramirez, Jorge Cantu, and Chris Coghlan will give them a solid lineup, but I think inconsitency will plague them, and too many holes will be exposed for them to win the division.
4. Atlanta Braves
The Braves and Frank Wren baffled me this offseason with some of their moves. Trading Javier Vazquez for an average outfielder who will only block Jason Heyward’s path to the majors makes no sense to me, even taking money into account. Troy Glaus is not the answer to their hole at first base. However the Braves still have some solid starters with Hudson, Hanson, and the often overlooked Jair Jurrjens.

5. Washington Nationals
There is only one reason to care about the Nats this season: Steven Strasburg. How will he do?

NL West
1. San Francisco Giants
KungFuPanda.jpgI think this will be a suprisingly really good team this year. Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum are both all-stars. A quick glance at the Giants lineup will raise the question can they hit enough but I believe that as a group Sandoval, Freddy Sanchez, Aubrey Huff, and Mark DeRosa etc will combine to create an offense which will score enough runs to support their pitchers
2. Colorado Rockies
The NL West is really a toss up between the Giants and Rockies I think. The Rockies have a lot of good young players. Ubaldo Jimenez and Jorge de la Rosa have learned how to pitch in Colorado and pitch very well.Watch out for Ian Stewart this season. Hit BA is less than spectacular but dont be suprised to see 32-35 homers from him this season.
3. Los Angeles Dodgers
Not as good as people may think. Billingsley, Kuroda, Kershaw, Padilla is a very average top 4 pitchers in the rotation.
4. Arizona Diamondbacks
Talent at some positions but too many holes from top to bottom. Webb is even a question mark this year after a lost 2009 campaign.
5. San Diego Padres
Hey, they’ll beat the Nationals. But a lineup with Nick Hundley, Chase Headley, Will Venable, and David Eckstein is hard to believe in!