Howard can’t escape the Champagne shower!
The Phillies win last night closes the NLCS out and brings home the National League Crown for the second straight year. The Dodgers just couldn’t contain this Phillies team that brought out the offense all through the series. The Phillies problems with RISP last year doesn’t apply to this year’s team. The Phillies win last night by the score of 10-4 was the second time in this series that they have scored 10 or more on a tough Dodgers team that was billed as being better than last year’s team.
Ryan Howard won the MVP for the NLCS and it adds another accolade to his resume. His accolades keep accumulating and he really deserved to win with the offense that he put up. Many people in the press and fans alike were surprised Dodger manager Joe Torre pitched to Howard instead of treating him like Torre did Albert Puljols on the Cardinals. Torre pitched around Puljols in the NLDS and didn’t allow him to get the big hits to beat the Dodgers. Torre said though that the Phillies depth after Howard was too much and that was proved last night when Jason Werth hit 2 home runs in the game, he hits right after Howard. The MVP could have went to a couple players on this team, and I think it’s the whole team that deserves part of this award as well. Howard was asked, ‘What is it that you were able to do that gave you a Game 5 win in this series?” Howard said, “We just went out there and believed in ourselves. Our pitching staff, our starting pitching, bullpen, it was a total team effort all the way around…” And that about says it all.
The Phil’s World Series opponent is yet to be determined, the Yankees have to win one more game and they will be in for the American League. A Phillies vs. Yankees series will be billed as a Turnpike series, the teams won’t have to travel too far to each other’s stadium to play.
The Phillies win of the NLCS is their second year in a row of winning that title. Not too many teams have accomplished that in this day of free agent baseball. The last time a team repeated from the National League in the World Series back to back was the Atlanta Braves who won the NL Crown back to back in 1991 and 1992, but the Braves went on to lose both World Series back then.
The Phillies are now becoming very familiar with postseason play, prior to last year you really only had a few dates in Phillies history to remember. I have a shirt that chronicled their championship feats prior to last year’s and I wore it yesterday with the warm weather. People wanted to stop and read what it said on the back, how many times the Phillies won the NL Crown and went to the World Series let’s recap it here on the blog:
|Phillies World Series Years||Opponent||Outcome|
|1915||Boston Red Sox||Lost 4-1|
|1950||NY Yankees||Lost 4-0|
|1980||Kansas City Royals||Won 4-2|
|1983||Baltimore Orioles||Lost 4-1|
|1993||Toronto Blue Jays||Lost 4-2|
|2008||Tampa Bay Rays||Won 4-1|
The NLCS for 2009 is now in the history books, and here’s some stats to ponder as we wait for the AL to determine who the Phillies will face in the World Series 2009:
Phillies NLCS Batting sorted by BA:
|Playoff Series Stats|
Phillies pitching in the NLCS sorted by IP:
|Playoff Series Stats|
|Chan Ho Park||4||0||8.10||0||1||0||0||3.1||4||3|