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Sunday, November 2, 2008

World Series Review

The Philadelphia Phillies are World Champions. This is going to be a fantastic offseason: it's always better to defend a championship than it is to seek your first one in almost three decades. Let's review the final series and go over this blog's predictions.


GAME 1

Predicted score: Philles 4, Rays 2
Actual score: Phillies 3, Rays 2

I wrote that both Kazmir and Hamels would pitch well in game one, which they both did. I just missed the exact score.


GAME 2

Predicted score: Rays 5, Phillies 2
Actual score: Rays 4, Phillies 2

I wrote in my prediction, "The big difference in their games is how they attack righties....If Myers can effectively shut down Longoria, Bartlett, and Upton, while Burrell and Werth hit Shields, the playing field will be evened." Bartlett, Upton and Longoria: 4 for 10. Burrell, Werth: 1 for 8.


GAME 3

Predicted score: Rays 5, Phillies 4
Actual score: Phillies 5, Rays 4

If Maddon wasn't an idiot and brought Balfour in to face Bruntlett to lead off the 9th, maybe I would've been right. It's good to be wrong, seeing as this was one of the wildest nights ever at CBP.


GAME 4

Predicted score: Phillies 6, Rays 3
Actual score: Phillies 10, Rays 2

I said, "I'm feeling a big game from the Phils offense. Shields, Garza, and Sonnanstine are all similar pitchers, and facing all 3 in a row will only help the Phils." Not sure why I only predicted 6 runs if I was feeling a big offensive game, but whatever.


GAME 5

Predicted score: Phillies 5, Rays 1
Actual score: Phillies 4, Rays 3

Maybe I would've been dead on if not for the tsunami. Phils win in five.


For the second consecutive series, I said Phils in six and they finished in five. Phantastic. Overall, I was 11-3 predicting winners out of the Phils' 14 postseason games. Some like to call it luck. I like to call it...well, luck, I guess.

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