Now the Real Phun Begins…

They broke out the vintage Chateau Deer Path from 1977.  You know, the stuff Tim McCarver compared to Janitor in a Drum.  They wore the overly expensive commemorative caps and T-shirts.  They did not however shoot off the fireworks because they were outside Philadelphia.

Nevertheless, the Phighting Phillies of Philadelphia won their fourth straight National League Eastern Division championship with a Roy “Happy” Halliday Cy Young clinching complete game performance by an 8-0 shoutout of the Washington Nationals, who helped the Phils out by winning two out of three against the Atlanta Braves, who have faded faster than a cheap pair of blue jeans in a bleach wash.

Now, a win tonight (9/28) by the other half of Two Roy Krewe, Mr. Oswalt, will assure home field throughout the post season, thank you manager Chuck Manuel, and then the rest of the season will belong to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs starters and reserves.

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About jamesrussellcraven
Native Philadelphian, longtime sports fan and man about bon vivant.

3 Responses to Now the Real Phun Begins…

  1. JFein says:

    Phillies have already clinched home field advantage. The Reds can’t catch them (even if they did, they own the tie breaker). The Padres can tie them, but the Phillies own the head to head tie breaker (5-2). The Giants can tie them as well, and while the season series was a tie (3-3), the next tie breaker is intradivision record. Phillies are 41-26 against the NL East; Giants are 34-32 against the NL West with 6 games to go. They can only get up to 40 intradivision wins, Phillies have 41. Giants can’t catch them. Rockies and Cardinals are nowhere close. Everyone else has been eliminated.

    Not sure where this notion of Phillies need to win 1 more game to clinch is coming from (you are not the first person I’ve seen mistakenly suggest so), but the Phillies have clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

  2. Begging to differ. According to Major League baseball, one Phillies win or one Padres/Giants loss officially clinches home field.

  3. JFein says:

    I saw MLB.com quoted last night as the Phillies clinched home field advantage. It is also stated that way now on the official Phillies website. Google “phillies home field advantage” and many articles from credible sources state the Phillies have clinched home field advantage. Also, having spent much too much time learning the tie breakers last night, I have come to the same conclusions as phillies.com, Matt Gelb, USA Today, and every other beat writer.

    It breaks down like this.
    Teams still in playoff contention: Cincinnati, St. Louis, San Diego, San Francisco, and Colorado.
    Phillies are 94-63 with 5 games left, the worst they can finish is 94-68. So in order for any team to catch the Phillies, they need to finish 94-68 (with tiebreaker help) or better.
    St. Louis Cardinals are 81-75 with 6 games left in the season. The best they can finish is 87-75. They can’t catch the Phillies.
    Colorado Rockies are 83-73 with 6 games left. The best they can finish is 89-73. They can’t catch the Phillies.
    Cincinnati Reds are 87-69 with games left. The best they can finish is 93-69. They can’t catch the Phillies.
    San Diego Padres are also 87-69 with 6 games left. Again, the best they can finish is 93-69. They can’t catch the Phillies.
    San Francisco Giants are 88-68 with 6 games left. The best they can finish is 94-68. They can at best tie the Phillies. It goes to tie breakers. First, the season series. Phillies and Giants split the season series 3-3, so that does not help any. The next tie breaker is intradivision record (a.k.a. record against opponents in the team’s respective division). The Phillies’ record within the NL East is 41-26 with 5 games left. The Giants’ record within the NL West is 34-32 with 6 games left. The worst the Phillies can finish within the NL East is 41-31. The best the Giants can finish is 40-32. The Giants can’t catch the Phillies.

    An easier way to look at it is when the Phillies clinched a playoff spot Sunday afternoon after the Reds beat the Padres was because it would be impossible for either the Giants or the Padres to overtake the Phillies. Most people who are saying the Phillies still need to overtake the Giants/Padres do not know or do not understand tie-breakers. In which case it appears MLB has been confused by their own tiebreakers. Believe it, as of right now, 10:00 PM on Monday, September 27, 2010, the Philadelphia Phillies clinched home field advantage throughout the 2010 MLB Playoffs. 😉

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