Who is the best Phillies team of all time?
There is no way to say for certain, but WhatIfSports gives us fans a unique opportunity to simulate the possibilities, and that is exactly what I will be doing this off-season.
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So what Phillies’ team would make the cut for this tournament? I’m going with 8 teams, like a normal playoff year and I’m not including teams before 1910, because the game was just too different then. Obviously the 2 Championship teams are in (1980, 2008), as are the 2 highest Win % teams (1976, 1977). 1993 and 2009 are both in as the only squads besides ’76 and ’77 with 93+ wins, and were both World Series squads. The final 2 teams are World Series participants from different eras, 1915 and 1950.
I’m going to seed them by Win %, with the tie-breaker being run-differential. The seeding is as follows:
- 1976 Phillies
- 1977 Phillies
- 1993 Phillies
- 1915 Phillies
- 1950 Phillies
- 2009 Phillies
- 2008 Phillies
- 1980 Phillies
WhatIfSports does not simulate 7-Game Series (which these will be), so I will be doing them game-by-game and doing a post for each series with very brief recaps of each game. Each team will use a 4-man rotation, and I will pick an MVP of each series based on the stats (they give you a full box-score and play-by-play for each game).
As the match-ups are done, I will link them all to this page and keep an updated bracket at the top…
Second Round (TBD)
2009 vs. 1977