A Sequel?

7 up, 17 to go. By now we all know the story. Could something similar happen again this year?

The Phillies move to within 2 games back of both the Divison and Wild Card with todays 7-3 win against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Phillies offense jumped quickly on Manny Parra. Parra last just 1.1 innings and gave up 5 earned runs. Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Shane Victorino, and Ryan Howard each drove in runs off Parra.

Jimmy Rollins was a triple away from the cycle. He homered and drove in 2 runs. He also scored 3 runs. This was the 18th time in Rollins' career that he missed the cycle by one hit.

Hamels pitched 6.1 innings and gave up 2 earned runs. He gave up 6 hits, walked 3 and struck out 4.

Chad Durbin gave up a solo homerun to sophomore Ryan Braun in the 8th inning. The Phillies have had some trouble getting through the 8th, but they managed to survive today.

Up in Flushing, New York, the Mets flushed another win down the toilet. Johan Santana pitched 7 shutout innings. The Mets bullpen gave up a 2-0 lead as the Atlanta Braves won 3-2.

The Mets are without Billy Wagner due to an injury. Wagner almost broke into tears as he said that he "pitched his last game as a Met." He will be out the rest of the year, and will not pitch in 2009. The Mets have an option for 2010, but its unlikely they will pick it up.

The Mets bullpen isn't very strong, and the question is, will they hold up? The Brewers haven't made the playoffs since 1982. They had a bit of a collapse as well last year. A sequel is all in the making.

As proved by the 2007 Colorado Rockies, 2006 St. Louis Cardinals, 2007 New York Giants, as well as other teams, the best team doesn't always win the big game. It's all about getting on a roll, getting hot at the right time. All you have to do is get to the playoffs, then go from there.


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