Game 1 of the NLDS was a prime example of the difference experience in the post season can make for a team. The Reds entered the game with the majority of their players experiencing their first-ever playoff games. And for their first game, the Reds found themselves on the road in front of one of [...]
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The Cincinnati Reds were a team that surprised many this season by rising up and claiming the N.L. Central from the St. Louis Cardinals. Despite not having a pitching rotation with a bonafide ace, the Reds were able to win their first division title since 1995 by riding one of the best offenses in baseball.
Apart from having an elite starting rotation, potent offense, and stable bullpen, the Phillies have another thing in their favor: three straight years of post season experience. The Giants, Reds, Braves, & Padres are all newcomers to the October stage. When a team reaches the post-season for the first time, the feeling can be a [...]
One of problems causing the Phillies to have a down year offensively has been inconsistency in the leadoff position. A good leadoff hitter is supposed to do whatever possible to reach base and set the table for the heart of the order; take a few pitches, work a walk, get a base hit or whatever. [...]
Several weeks ago, the Phillies seemed to be lost in another offensive slump. During that time, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard were automatic outs. They had just returned from their respective injuries, and both players appeared to be missing their timing. Since the start of September, both Utley and Howard have come around, and so [...]
Kyle Kendrick has been hard to watch over his last six starts. Kendrick, who had pitched fairly well for a 5th starter this season, has given up at least four runs in five of his last six starts. He’s only made it through six innings twice in that same stretch. Kendrick’s ERA has also been [...]