The MLB playoffs 2010 seem set for an obvious ending. Most believe the MLB playoffs 2010 will end the same way they did last year, with a Phillies-Yankees World Series. Of course, many aren’t sure yet if that would end the way it did last year, with another Yankees championship. Since the Phillies have so many new arms, they might be favored to take down the Yankees – and the Yankees are who many in Philadelphia want to beat. However, if the playoffs wrap up with the Phillies taking on the Rangers, they would still get to make a statement.
Even some of the Phillies players have said that they want the Yankees in the World Series, if they get that far. Most experts believe that’s what will happen, especially after both teams blew out their first-round opponents. Only the Giants and Rangers, who have combined for no championships since 1954, stand in their way.
The MLB playoffs appear destined to have Philadelphia face the team that dethroned them last year. But what if that wasn’t the case? What if the Phillies get to the World Series and face the Rangers – would winning a title against them devalue their accomplishment?
Winning two World Series in three years is a rare feat, for anyone who isn’t the Yankees or Red Sox. Reaching that goal would still inspire dynasty talk – yet if the Phillies beat the Rays and Rangers to do it, and lost to the Yankees in between, it might still raise questions.
The 2008 Rays and 2010 Rangers are Cinderella teams with power – but they are not the Yankees. Beating the Yankees for the championship has more value in the public eye, and until the Phillies beat the Yankees for a ring, their run might not be legitimate to some. However, the 2010 playoffs might be the only time when a Phillies-Rangers World Series might mean as much to Philadelphia as facing the Yankees – thanks to one man.
The only thing that could mean more to the Phillies than beating the Yankees is to beat Cliff Lee. The franchise came under intense fire for trading Lee, instead of keeping him with Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels. It looked like the move that would doom the team, until Roy Oswalt came along, and until Hamels got good again.
Thanks to unforeseen circumstances, the Phillies could now face Lee in the World Series, in the ultimate chance to validate their trade. Although the playoffs are swamped with hype for Halladay’s showdown with Tim Lincecum, a Halladay-Lee World Series matchup would dwarf even that.
Even if there is no Phillies-Yankees rematch, the MLB playoffs could be Philadelphia’s ultimate validation either way. They can beat the team that knocked them off last year, or prove they can beat the man who kept them afloat last October. But before that, they must beat the Giants first, starting on Saturday night.
MLB.com- “2010 can deliver playoff matchups we crave”