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Monday, August 03, 2009

This Just In

Phillies Think They Can Reclaim NL Pennant

As Gomer Pyle would have said, "Surprise, surprise, surprise."

Now, about having lost 4 of their last 5 on the road, going 8 of their last 67 with runners in scoring position and running into the buzzsaw that is the San Francisco Giants' pitching staff. . .

Of course they have the talent to go far, and, yes, they'll have a small skid every now and then. Right now, some of the buzz is that the Giants have great pitching for a short series. That's true, but their lineup won't make people forget the '27 Yankees, and they'll run into some formidable teams in the playoffs themselves, should they make it.

August and September should be fun for Phillies' fans, and, I suspect, they'll still be rooting in October . . . for as long as Brad Lidge can close games.

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