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1. ESPN is talking like The Phillies in the World Series is a done deal. Is it? Who could stop them? 2. If the Rangers make it to the World Series and face the Phillies, how do we match up? I personally believe our pitching could shut down their offense, and our offense is powerful enough to back up our pitchers.3. If the Rangers make it to the World Series, and the Phillies don't, who would give the Rangers the best chance to clinch?
1. MIL is the best bet in my book to knock off PHI.2. I actually think we match up very well with PHI. They have a lefty heavy line-up and struggle to hit lefties and we have 3 good lefties in our postseason rotation. If they see lefties for 6 out of 7 games, they will not be able to win 3 of those. Also, I have a great belief in this team to hit well enough against good pitchers to give the team a chance to beat them (see Felix, CC, Lester, Beckett from this season) and we have always hit Doc well since when he was with TOR.3. I really like how we matchup against ARI. They have a similar pitching staff to us (stats-wise) but they don't have a very deep lineup; they have 3-4 real solid to good hitters and the rest sit in the .200 to .260 range. They have some good players though and although I think they are the weakest team in the playoffs, I don't think they will be an easy out at all.
1-The biggest threat to the Phillies in the NL is the Brewers. The Brewers have the starting rotation, lineup, and bullpen pieces to pull off a deep October run.
2-Most of our hitters have experience against Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Roy Oswalt. Cole Hamels could prove to be a problematic matchup although I wouldn't put it past our incredible offense to be be able to score runs against any and all pitchers in the playoffs. We have consistently proven the ability to be able to mash the ball out of the ballpark and play "small-ball" when necessary. Our starting rotation Wilson, Holland, Harrison, Ogando (hopefully no Lewis) could potentially neutralize the Phillies lefty-heavy lineup.
3-The Diamondbacks out of default. The Phillies, Braves (at the moment), Brewers, and D'Backs are all great teams but the D'Backs are definitely the weakest out of the group. Although, it doesn't mean they can't make a WS run. Anything can happen in the playoffs.
1. Im actually thinking the diamondbacks or braves. not the brewers. The brewers may seem great, but i try and take into account the fact they play in the worst and biggest division in baseball. That counts for a significant amount of stats and wins. 2. I think we could def take the phils. if. if. if. our offense shows up. last year in the WS it didnt, thats why i think we lost to those jerks in SF3. I think anyone in the NL, the rangers could take. We did play the Phils and Braves in interleague, and our worst showing was against the Braves, but... who knows if they even make the playoffs
We won 2 of 3 against the Braves. Lost 2 of 3 against Philly. Don't think we played MIL.
1. Short series can lead to anything happenning. I can't imagine any team, no matter how good, is better than a 40% odds of even making the WS. I like Mil's chances 2nd best as well.
2. If the Rnagers hit AND get good Holland AND get good Harrison, I think they are a substantial favorite against anyone. Those are 3 big IFs, but, they're in with a shot in any series.
3. I would love to see Arizona, I guess, over the other 3. But again, short series, crapshoot.
Meh ... one thing at a time. We gotta hold off LAA, which shouldn't be too much of a problem. But then we probably gotta go into NYY in a short series and win at least 1 on the road, which will not be easy. Then we'd have to beat the Tigers, probably, again with them having the home field advantage. If we can do that, then we can worry about the National League team.
The Rangers seemed better (or at worst equal) on the road throughout the playoffs last year.
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