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2011 Philadelphia Phillies season

The Philadelphia Phillies 2011 season was the 129th season in the history of the franchise. The Phillies won their fifth consecutive National League East championship, and also finished with the best record in baseball for the second straight year. The Phillies, at 3-1 odds,[1] were the heavy-favorite to win the World Series. However, they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in five games to the eventual World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Offseason

The offseason for the Phillies began on October 23, 2010 when they lost the National League Championship Series to the San Francisco Giants. Although all coaches were invited to return for the 2011 season, first base coach Davey Lopes informed the team that he would be leaving because of a salary dispute.[2] To replace him, third-base coach Sam Perlozzo was moved to first base, and former Phillies second baseman and Orioles' third-base coach and interim manager Juan Samuel was hired to take over at third base.[3]

On November 16, the Phillies signed reliever José Contreras to a two-year contract after he posted a 3.34 ERA in 2010.[4] On December 6, right fielder Jayson Werth signed a seven-year contract with the Washington Nationals.[5] On December 15, the Phillies re-signed Cliff Lee, the starting pitcher whom they had traded to the Seattle Mariners during the previous offseason in order to acquire Roy Halladay.[6]

Regular season

April

The Phillies stormed out of the gate, sweeping the Houston Astros on opening weekend. Three out of the four aces won their first starts (Hamels lost against the Mets). José Contreras was said to be the new Phillies closer, however, he got injured in late April, as was replaced by Ryan Madson. Madson continued the year in the closer position. The Phillies finished April with an 18-8 record, the second best in the majors,[7] trailing only the Cleveland Indians, a team who they traded with throughout the month for the best record in the majors.


May

On May 9, the Phillies took sole position of the best record in the majors, a position that they would hold for the rest of the regular season. May was their second-worst month record-wise (following September)- they did not have many winning or losing streaks. However, the Phillies game against rival New York Mets on May 1 was an unforgettable one, although they lost 2–1 in 14 innings. The Mets' Daniel Murphy was batting as a pinch-hitter against Phillies' reliever Ryan Madson when the fans started chanting "U-S-A!"[8][9] Later, it was determined that the chants were in response to the news that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the September 11 attacks, had been killed by United States special operations forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.[9] Mike Lopresti of USA Today said that the Phillies' rivals "was a perfect fit" when the news broke.[10] The Phillies finished May with a 34-22 record.

June

June was a very good month for the Phillies. In the middle of the month, they went on a seven-game winning streak, taking three of four from the Chicago Cubs, and a four-game sweep of the Florida Marlins. They came back to earth, trading several wins and losses over the next week. June concluded with the marquee match up against the Boston Red Sox, a series many predicted to be a World Series preview (as it turned out, neither team made the Fall Classic). The Phillies dominated, taking two of three, highlighted by Cliff Lee's shutout performance in the first game of the series. Lee went 5-0 with a .21 ERA in June, which earned him NL Pitcher of the Month. In the month of June, Cliff Lee had more RBIs than earned runs (2 RBIs and only 1 earned run). The Phillies finished June with a 52-31 record.


July

By the beginning of July, the Phillies were certainly living up to their Preseason hype, and were looking to be a definite contender for the World Series. July was the best month for the Phillies, they compiled a 17-8 record, and were beginning to run away with the NL East. On July 11, the Phillies overtook the top spot on ESPN's Power Rankings, a spot they would hold for the remaining 12 weeks of the season. The Phillies sent 5 players, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Plácido Polanco, and Shane Victorino to the All Star Game. The Phillies finished July with a 69-39 record.

August

The Phillies began August riding a 9-game winning streak, and in time, extending their lead in the NL East to 8.5 games. After several months of being injured, Roy Oswalt came back into action in the Phillies, winning his first two starts by a combined score of 16-3. Because of Hurricane Irene, the Phillies had to end up playing 33 games in 31 days, from August 29 to September 28. Along the way, they played three doubleheaders, the last of which came as a result of a rainout in September. On August 31, the Phillies reached 40 games over .500—for the first time since their back-to-back 100+ win seasons in 1976 and 1977, in which they went 101–61—with a 3–0 win in Cincinnati against the Reds and improved to 86–46. Wins during the next two days got them to 42 games over .500 for the first time in franchise history.[11]

September

September came with high anticipation for Phillies fans. The Phillies were cruising, and the postseason could not come any sooner. On September 14, the Phillies became the first team to clinch a playoff spot with a 1–0 win in Houston, against Hunter Pence's former team, after acquiring him at the trade deadline. Three days later, they clinched the NL East title for the fifth consecutive season.[12][13] With 102 wins, the Phillies had the best record in baseball for the second year in a row and broke the franchise record for most regular-season wins.[14][15] Towards the end of the season, the Phillies had an eight-game losing streak, but even with this streak, they had already clinched the NL East, as well as the best record in the majors. In what may be one of the most memorable nights in Major League Baseabll history, the Phillies ended the season by sweeping the Braves, capped off by a 14 inning win in the last game of the season. By winning the final game of the regular season, Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel also became the manager with the most wins in Phillies history.[14] The win by the Phillies also eliminated the Braves from postseason contention, and allowed the St. Louis Cardinals to play in the postseason. This win would end up haunting the Phillies, as the Cardinals would end up beating the Phillies in the NLDS, shocking the baseball world.

The Phillies also led the major leagues in attendance for the first time, with 3,680,718 fans (a franchise record), an average of 45,440 per game.[16][17][18][19]

Standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Philadelphia Phillies 102 60 .630 52–29 50–31
Atlanta Braves 89 73 .549 13 47–34 42–39
Washington Nationals 80 81 .497 21½ 44–36 36–45
New York Mets 77 85 .475 25 34–47 43–38
Florida Marlins 72 90 .444 30 31–47 41–43


Record vs. opponents

§ National League East
National League Central
* National League West
Team Record
Arizona Diamondbacks* 3–3
Atlanta Braves§ 12–6
Chicago Cubs 5–2
Cincinnati Reds 7–1
Colorado Rockies* 4–1
Florida Marlins§ 12–6
Houston Astros 4–2
Los Angeles Dodgers* 5–1
Milwaukee Brewers 4–3
New York Mets§ 11–7
Pittsburgh Pirates 4–2
San Diego Padres* 7–1
San Francisco Giants* 4–3
St. Louis Cardinals 3-6
Washington Nationals§ 8–10
Interleague play[20] 9–6
Source: [21]

Game log

Legend
  Phillies win
  Phillies loss
  Postponement
Bold Phillies team member
2011 Game Log[21]

Roster

All players who made an appearance for the Phillies during 2011 are included.[22]

Indicates players who started on Opening Day in 2011[23]
2011 Philadelphia Phillies
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

2011 N.L. Division Series vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Main article: 2011 National League Division Series

The Phillies finished out the season with a sweep of the Atlanta Braves, and in doing so, allowed the St. Louis Cardinals to clinch the National League wild-card on the last day of the regular season. Having finished with the best record for the second year in a row, the Phillies had home-field advantage for the series. Game 1 saw the Cardinals jump out to an early lead, with a three-run homer by Lance Berkman in the top of the 1st, off Phillies ace Roy Halladay. The Phillies bats woke up in the 6th inning, with home runs by Ryan Howard and Raúl Ibañez. In addition to the offense waking up, Halladay tamed the Cardinals, retiring 21 straight batters, and the Phillies took game 1, 11-6. Game 2 featured another Philadelphia ace, Cliff Lee, facing the Cardinals' Chris Carpenter, who would make his first start on three days rest of his career. The Phillies jumped out to a 4-run lead, however, Cliff Lee surrendered 5 runs, as the Cardinals came back, and took game 2, 5-4. The series then went to Busch Stadium in St. Louis for games 3 and 4. Game 3 featured Cole Hamels taking on Jaime García, both of whom pitched a scoreless game through 6 innings. In the 7th inning, the Phillies' pinch-hitter Ben Francisco fired a three-run homer to give the Phillies the lead. The Cardinals were able to fight back and get 2 runs, but Ryan Madson shut the door, with a 5-out save, to give the Phillies a 2-1 series lead. In Game 4, a matchup between Roy Oswalt and Edwin Jackson, the Phillies again jumped out to an early 2-run lead. The Cardinals cut the lead in half in the bottom of the first. David Freese was the hero of game 4, with a two-run double in the fourth, which gave the Cardinals the lead, and a two-run homer in the sixth. The Phillies were not able to come back, and that sent the series back to Philadelphia tied at two games. Game 5 featured a marquee pitching matchup, with former Toronto teammates, Roy Halladay and Chris Carpenter facing off. Again, the Cardinals took an early lead, with Rafael Furcal scoring off a Skip Schumaker double. It turned out that was all the Cardinals needed, as they went on to win 1-0. For the Cardinals, it added to their thus-far improbable season, and advanced to the NLCS for the first time since winning the 2006 World Series. For the Phillies, the season ended in huge disappointment, as they were heavy favorites to win the World Series from day one.

St. Louis Cardinals won the series, 3–2.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 October 1 St. Louis Cardinals – 6, Philadelphia Phillies – 11 Citizens Bank Park 2:55 46,480[24]
2 October 2 St. Louis Cardinals – 5, Philadelphia Phillies – 4 Citizens Bank Park 3:22 46,575[25] 
3 October 4 Philadelphia Phillies – 3, St. Louis Cardinals – 2 Busch Stadium 3:13 46,914[26] 
4 October 5 Philadelphia Phillies – 3, St. Louis Cardinals – 5 Busch Stadium 2:34 47,071[27] 
5 October 7 St. Louis Cardinals - 1, Philadelphia Phillies - 0 Citizens Bank Park 2:29 46,530[28]

Awards

Vance Worley was named by Baseball America as one of the five starting pitchers on its All-Rookie Team.[29]

Roy Halladay was named the Sportsperson of the Year by the Philadelphia Daily News for the second consecutive year.

The Philadelphia chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) presented its annual franchise awards to Shane Victorino ("Mike Schmidt Most Valuable Player Award"), Cliff Lee ("Steve Carlton Most Valuable Pitcher Award"), Charlie Manuel ("Dallas Green Special Achievement Award"), and Raúl Ibañez ("Tug McGraw Good Guy Award").

Jimmy Rollins (shortstop) and Roy Halladay (one of three starting pitchers) were named to the MLB Insiders Club Magazine All-Postseason Team.[30]

Shane Victorino received the Branch Rickey Award for his exceptional community service.

Retired general manager Pat Gillick was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.


Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs International League Ryne Sandberg
AA Reading Phillies Eastern League Mark Parent
A Clearwater Threshers Florida State League Dusty Wathan
A Lakewood BlueClaws South Atlantic League Chris Truby
Short-Season A Williamsport Crosscutters New York-Penn League Mickey Morandini
Rookie GCL Phillies Gulf Coast League Roly de Armas

References

Further reading

External links

  • 2011 Philadelphia Phillies season at Baseball Reference
  • Philadelphia Phillies' official website
Preceded by
Philadelphia Phillies
2010
National League East champions
2011
Succeeded by
Washington Nationals
2012
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