Sep 192011
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Cole Hamels took the loss vs the Cardinals

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Long balls doom Phillies in loss to Cardinals

September 19 CSN Philly 

It wasn’t as if Charlie Manuel expected Sunday night’s game to unfold the way it did, but needless to say, he wasn’t surprised. One night after the Phillies sewed up the NL East for the fifth season in a row and celebrated afterwards in the clubhouse with champagne, beer and expensive cigars, the team gave a “the day after” performance in the 5-0 loss to the Cardinals at the Bank.

Howard to have cortisone shot Monday

September 19 CSN Philly 

Charlie Manuel had most of his starters in the lineup for Sunday night’s game except for one noticeable absence…  The Big Piece.  Because he’s played most of September with a injured ankle, slugger Ryan Howard will likely have a cortisone shot on Monday. According to Manuel, the shot should clear out much of the inflammation.  “He’ll probably miss two or three games,” Manuel said. “That should help him some for the rest of the season.”

Sporting News writer predicts Tigers-Phillies World Series

September 19 Detroit Free Press 

Some people see the Red Sox as the Tigers biggest threat in the American League playoffs.  Others, the Yankees. Or the Rangers. Or themselves.  But Sporting News’ Stan McNeal thinks it’s the Phillies that the Tigers will worry most about.  In the World Series.  McNeal predicts a Phillies-Tigers World Series, based on the performance of each team’s pitching staff:

In the playoffs, Manuel wants the Yankees

September 19  CSN Philly 

Remember back in August when we thought the Phillies and Giants were destined to meet up in the NLCS? Yeah, those were fun times.  Regardless, it’s interesting how quickly things changed in the standings in a short amount of time. Not only were the Giants seen as a lock to get to the playoffs, but so too did the Braves who spent most of the season with the second-best record in the National League.

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