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Hoping for a rematch -- but which rematch?

Posted on: March 23, 2010 1:56 pm
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Charlie Manuel is hoping for a World Series rematch.

So is Joe Maddon.

The reason is the same. The rematch is different.

Manuel said again this morning that he'd love for the Phillies to play the Yankees again this October, because he'd like another chance at the team that beat the Phils in six games in 2009.

Maddon's response? If the Rays get back to the World Series, he wants the Phillies, because he'd like a chance to beat the guys who beat him in five games in 2008.

"I'd love it to be Charlie and the Phillies," Maddon said. "I would absolutely love it. First of all because I respect Charlie so much, and like Charlie so much, but also because it's like unfinished business. I still remember standing in the clubhouse after the last game, talking to our team, and it just didn't seem right.

"It was destiny, and they screwed up our destiny. We have to rewrite destiny against the Phillies."

The Rays and Phillies are playing today in Clearwater. The Yankees and Phillies played yesterday in Clearwater.

Two World Series rematches. And maybe, if one manager or the other gets his way, one World Series preview.


People who have talked to the Yankees say while they expect Phil Hughes to win the job as fifth starter, manager Joe Girardi likes Sergio Mitre, enough so that Mitre can't be completely ruled out. Joba Chamberlain, who has been portrayed as the other main candidate for the job, is apparently headed for the bullpen. . . . The Tigers, meanwhile, seem to have settled on Jeremy Bonderman as their fourth starter, with the fifth job to be decided between Nate Robertson and Dontrelle Willis. Willis hit 93 mph on the radar gun yesterday, but Robertson is still thought to have a slight edge. The plan is that whichever of the two doesn't open in the rotation would go to the bullpen as a long man.

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Hoping for a rematch -- but which rematch?

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Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2010 2:49 pm

Hoping for a rematch -- but which rematch?

Yeah, and the Yankees are so cocky now that they're back where they're supposed to be -- all $200 million of them. I wonder if A-Rod can keep away from his needles and Jeter, Rivera, Pettite, and Posada can find the fountain of youth again.

Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: March 24, 2010 2:19 pm

Hoping for a rematch -- but which rematch?

I wonder if Jimmy Rollins is gonna shoot his mouth off again about beating the Yank's in six and then shit the bed in series  I love the fact that Philly had all kinds of confidence going into the W.S. because they are the best team in the National League aka Minors...LMAO

Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: March 23, 2010 11:42 pm

Hoping for a rematch -- but which rematch?

I really think you are lost in your analysis.  This Rays team is loaded with talent.  Top to bottom.  Bottom to top.  They have depth at every position.  2nd stringers that would be quality starters on other teams.

They have pitchers in the minors that would be #3 starters on most teams.

Since: May 16, 2009
Posted on: March 23, 2010 11:08 pm

Hoping for a rematch -- but which rematch?

I don’t think the Rays are coming close to a World Series anytime soon. The Rays getting there in 08 was such a rare fluke of ‘worst to first’ (2008 AL champs) very rarely seen in baseball. In football, yes, you expect to see this more often with the draft, SOS and only 16 games. Over the course of 162 games in 2008, the Rays were just as lucky as they were good. I personally have nothing against the Rays and don’t dislike them but I just can’t imagine this franchise ever getting back to the Series, let alone be considered a powerhouse in the AL consistently. I think around .500 or a little less this year and you’ll see them slide back to the 80 – 90 loss seasons again for quite sometime.  

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: March 23, 2010 10:17 pm

Hoping for a rematch -- but which rematch?

The Astros want a rematch with the White Sox.

Wouldn't mind seein that.

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