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World Series or Bust for the Phillies?





The air is crisp and the leaves are falling. This can only mean one thing – post season baseball.  Once again, my beloved Phillies have reached the post season for the second year in a row.  Hopefully this season will be more rewarding than last season, when the Phillies got punched out in the first round of the playoffs by the  Colorado Rockies.

The question is, Do the Phillies have a real chance of making it to the World Series this year?  If they continue to play as passionately and as well as they have been, I think there is hope for Philadelphia’s World Series dreams to come true. 

Cole Hamels started off the series strong with a win.  He pitched eight innings, giving up two hits, walking one, and striking out nine.  The 24-year-old was relaxed and focused on the mound, which led to the Phillies winning the game 3-1 over the Brewers.  If the Phillies pitching can continue to be this strong and if the Phillie bats stay hot, they have a serious shot of going deep in the playoffs.

Brett Myers and the rest of the Phillies promised the fans they would go longer in the post-season, but should Philly fans believe them?  Being a fan since birth, I was taught not to put all my eggs in one basket when it came to Philly sports.  I have seen the Phillies crumble more than I like to admit and I refuse to sit back and watch a talented ball club walk away disappointing themselves and the fans.  This team has two past MVP players, a strong bullpen, powerful hitters, and a closer who is 41 for 41.  There is no reason why they shouldn’t beat the Brewers and go to the NL Championship Series facing either the Cubs or the Dodgers (who the Phillies have potential to beat).

The Phillies were hot in the month of September, winning 17 out of 25.  Hopefully that momentum will carry on into tonight’s game where, Brett Myers will be facing CC Sabathia.  Tune in to TBS at 6pm and find out if the Phillies are one step closer to the World Series.