Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Philadelphia Phillies will win the NLCS

Here's an early prediction for ya, the Phillies will win the National League and make a World Series appearance in 2008.

The Philadelphia Phillies definitely have the make up of a championship contender and I see them coming out on top of the NL.

The Phils have one of the most potent offenses in the Big's. Their offense can produce runs throughout the lineup and they have one of the best top of the orders in the MLB.

Jimmy Rollins is one of the best leadoff hitters out there and even one of the best hitters in the game. Shane Victorino is a solid two hitter, he can move Rollins and runners over whenever and also can hit for power, that combo is rare with most two spot hitters. Then there's Chase Utley. Utley is leading the MLB in HR and is third in RBI. Ryan Howard is one of the best young power hitters in the league, he is definitely capable of leading the Phillies to the top. Plus, you add a good fifth hitter in Pat Burrell and it is just plain scary for any opposing pitcher. They are solid all throughout the lineup.

The bullpen is what sets Philadelphia apart. They have the lowest ERA of any bullpen in the MLB and they know how to close out games. Brad Lidge is just as good as any closer with his 0.93 ERA, 18 saves, and 37 K. Chad Durbin (1.63 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) and J.C. Romero (1.38 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) have also been solid out of the pen. Their pitching is what can get them far and as far as the rotation goes, Cole Hamels is a very capable ace, being one of the top hurlers in the NL.

The Phils have shown they can win any type of game. They can beat you with their bats, their batting order is one of the best in the leagues, especially the top. Their defense is solid as well, they make the plays when needed and they have some of the best pitching out there. The bullpen is stellar and the starting rotation is just good enough to get them to the big game.

I think the Phillies should be the favorite right now, they are the most balanced team out there. The Cubs rotation has been pretty shaky and they need one more solid starter if they want to make the World Series. Also, it doesn't help that Alfonso Soriano is out again. And I think the D-Backs are just too young, they make some mental mistakes at times and they are a year or two away from playing in the WS. The Phillies are on a mission and watch out come October.

11 comments:

thecollegehockeyblog said...

thanks for the laughter

Stefan Ming said...

would you like to offer some input or any reasoning behind your opinion or what??? you're statement isn't credible.

thecollegehockeyblog said...

It's more credible than saying Jimmy Rollins is a good leadoff hitter when he has a .344 OBP, and using saves to justify why a reliever is good. And calling Ryan Howard raw when he's actually pretty old.

Stefan Ming said...
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Stefan Ming said...

fetch why do you always have your panties up in a bunch? sorry that rollins obp isn't amazing, but he is still a good leadoff hitter, he is a great hitter. there's a reason why he was mvp last season. and i didn't justify why lidge was good based on saves, sorry i was just listing some of his quality stats. and sorry i thought howard was a little younger, but then again i guess 29 is pretty old... but anyways the phillies are a solid team with one of the best top of the lineups in the majors

thecollegehockeyblog said...

I wouldn't call it in a bunch, I just dont think you should be able to put anything you want up and have people read it and believe it. good OBP = good leadoff, bad OBP = bad leadoff, it's really that simple.

Stefan Ming said...

.344 a bad OBP?? That is not bad, I know it is not amazing and it could be better, but you can't tell me .344 is a bad OBP.

If you don't like my articles than don't read them, no one is making you come here.

thecollegehockeyblog said...

For a leadoff hitter, .344 is awful. I'm just sayin, fact check once or twice.

Stefan Ming said...

fact check what?

Anonymous said...

you all laughed then, now look, its about to happen, phils going to the world series, and WIN it!!!

Adam Hill said...

I love how everyone is trying to discredit the Phillies this year. Everyone saw them last year on the brink of breaking open the National League. And the Phillies don't have one of the best top of the order line-ups, they have THE best. They ranked higher than any other team in the Bigs with HR's, RBI's, and then stolen bases. So when the college hockey (which is comical in this all isn't it?) blog wants to deter anyone from thinking that this team is anything than the favorite to win the series is laughable at best. And to hit the point about OBP, go check out the Phil's steal percentages and totals, then look at runners in scoring position. Among the best which means when their runners get on the cross the plate. Also check out the Phillies amount of come from behind wins. Now if that isn't enough then research how many games the Phillies have lost leading in the 8th. I'd hate to tell you hockey guy, but fact checking isn't your strong point my friend. In fact, I don't believe you understand the definition of a fact so here's one for you ; Phillies are leading the NLCS 3-1 headed to the day of rest and now only 1 game from the World Series.