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October 12 Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Phil Sheridan
“The most amazing thing about the Phillies, in the aftermath of their methodical sweep of the Cincinnati Reds, is how much better they can be.
That applies to the National League Championship Series and to the World Series, but also to 2011 and 2012. This astonishing run, which has produced four NL East titles, two pennants and a championship so far, might be only at its midway point.
Let’s start with the short term, the four to 14 games the Phillies will play in the rest of this postseason. The Phillies advanced to the NLCS with what looked and felt like the most dominating performance in franchise history. It was the complete opposite of this group’s first postseason appearance, when the Phillies were swept by the Colorado Rockies in the 2007 NL division series.
Or was it?
October 12 Philadelphia Daily News
“A GENERATION OR SO from now, some little kid will be playing around with his iPhone Nano techno computer/eight-slice toaster, and he will stumble across a web page devoted to the 2010 Phillies.
He’d heard the legends of the H2O boys, but he wasn’t aware that the Phillies actually had five starting pitchers that season.
Kyle Kendrick, he will say to himself, he must be the guy they named that Catholic high school in Norristown after. (Uh, no.)
Joe Blanton? Didn’t he once hit a home run in the World Series? (That was 2008.)
October 12 Philadelphia Daily News
“LESS THAN 48 hours after capping off their first-ever postseason sweep, the Phillies will gather today for the first of several workouts in preparation for their third straight National League Championship Series, which begins Saturday against the Giants at Citizens Bank Park.
The opponent they will battle over the next few days is an invisible one. After 6 months of daily competition, the Phillies will look to combat the rust that can occur during a layoff such as the one they now face. That means revamped throwing programs for the starters and relievers, as well as simulated games and live batting-practice sessions designed to keep hitters in a rhythm at the plate.
October 12 Philadelphia Daily News columnist Paul Hagen
“BASEBALL TEAMS must be built for the long slog of a season that covers summer like a tarpaulin, opening in the damp and chill of late spring and not ending until autumn has announced its presence. It is a daily drama that unfolds slowly. That’s why the ability to grind it out is more valued than sporadic flash and sizzle.
Logically, then, it follows that the best Phillies team ever must have been either the 1976 or 1977 clubs, the only ones in franchise history to win 101 games. Except that neither assemblage made it to the World Series. The former was swept by Cincinnati in the National League Championship Series, the latter was dismissed by the Dodgers in a morality play featuring Black Friday, Davey Lopes barely beating Larry Bowa’s throw to first (or not, depending on your perspective), hooting Burt Hooton off the mound and a clinching game played in a steady downpour.
October 12 Camden Courier-Post columnist Martin Frank
“The Reds’ offense was a juggernaut all season, leading the National League in runs scored, home runs and batting average.
The Reds were completely dominated by the Phillies’ pitching in the NLDS.
The Reds hit .124 in the series. Joey Votto and Scott Rolen combined to go 2-for-21. In Game 1, the Reds were no-hit by Roy Halladay. In Game 3, the Reds never advanced a runner past second base against Cole Hamels.
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