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Phillies Postseason possibilities begin to clear up

BY TOM SCHALATA
With the Tampa Bay Rays falling to the Texas Rangers, the post-season picture is beginning to take shape.

So, at least we know, now, that a Phillies-Rays Fall Classic, like 2008, is not a possibility. I wasn't as concerned about Joe Maddon's Rays, as I was about another trip to the "Trop."

That place can be a tricky place to play, despite the new post-season ground rule added this year regarding balls hitting the catwalks.

The Yankees still loom on the horizon, and a rematch would be interesting. The Phillies starting rotation certainly gives them an advantage. It looks like our checkbook is a little better than theirs this year.

Then, there's the Rangers. The Halladay-Lee certainly makes for an interesting match-up of off-season moves. It would make for a new scenario, but probably not the sizzle of the Bronx Bombers.

Let's not get ahead of ourselves. The San Francisco Giants are next on the docket, and they are no pushover. Their pitching is every bit as good as the Phillies.

You can not find a more intriguing first game match-up than Halladay-Lincecum. The only other pitching match-up of that magnitude, that comes to mind, is the Roger Clemens-Pedro Martinez pairing of the 1999 Yankees-Red Sox series.

The Phillies may have the edge in the hitting department, but they haven't exactly lit it up so far against the the Reds. Of course, they haven't had to. The Giants' staff may have something to say about that, as well.

For the Phillies' "Phaithful," let's hope for another trip back to the series with whoever we play, and make a little more history in 2010! (P.S. Sorry Wally)

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