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Phillies Making a Miracle Run at Fall Classic

Posted October. 02, 2007 03:05,   


The Philadelphia Phillies miraculously advanced to the postseason for the first time in 14 seasons at the expense of the New York Mets.

In the final game of the regular season, the Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 6-1 and finished with an 89-73 record, while the Mets lost to the Marlins and finished 88-74. Hence, the Phillies became the champions of the National League Eastern Division by one game.

The last time the Phillies had a spot in the postseason was 14 years ago, in 1993, when they won the National League Championship.

On September 13, the Phillies trailed the Mets by seven games, and their hopes for the playoffs were slim. However, they won an impressive 13 out of 17 games afterwards, setting a record for most games overcome in the month of September.

The Phillies, on the other hand, have some bitter memories of their own too when in 1964 they were leading by 6.5 games with 12 games left in the season, but blew the lead and let the St. Louis Cardinals take the crown. Those memories can now be forgotten. The Mets, however, literally disintegrated in midair with their playoff tickets by losing 12 out of 17 games.

The fate of both teams in the last game of the season was decided by veteran lefty starters in their 40s. Mets’ starting pitcher Tom Glavine, with respectable numbers this season - a 13-7 record and an ERA of 4.14 - could not even finish the first inning. He gave up five hits and seven runs while only getting one out. In contrast, Phillies Jamie Moyer went five innings and a third, allowing five hits and one run, while striking out six.

In the American League the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels all moved on to the next round. As for the National League the Phillies, Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks reserved places in the postseason.

The San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies are tied with 89-73 records after 162 games, so they will have to play an extra game today for the wildcard spot at Coors Field, Denver, Colorado.

A one-game showdown for the wildcard spot is being played for the first time in eight years, the last being in 1999 when the Mets beat the Reds 5-0. On October 2, the final eight teams will be decided and on October 4 they will start playing each other.