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A Rotation to Remember

"Good pitching beats good hitting."

We have heard that saying more than a handful of times, and at no time is it more apparent than in the Postseason. A club with a great starting staff has the upper hand in October. They are able to set their rotation and considering the series are either 5 or 7 games, they can send their 1 and 2 pitchers to the hill more than once if need be.

We have seen some outstanding staff roll into the modern day playoffs and on to a World Championship, but who was the best…or are there a group of starters this season who will lay claim to that title?

I have a lot of friends from Philadelphia…oh, I'm sorry, you may know it as "The City of Champions." Yeah, I don't call it that, either. The Philly Phan is a different type of animal all together…I mean that in the best possible way, just look at your team mascot for the love of Kevin Stocker! What is that thing? I mean he is the class of the MLB mascot and hilarious but… I'm getting off topic here.

This year, the Phillies are giving their faithful a reason to believe a championship is coming their way. They have the best rotation in baseball, have already clinched a spot in the playoffs, but are they the best Postseason rotation of all-time?

Slow down, Danny from "the Northeast!" Take it easy, Megan from Glenside! Not so fast, Brain from Manayunk! I KNOW you think they are without question. I like the fire, but…THEY HAVEN'T WON ANYTHING YET!!

With The Doc, Cliff, Cole, OZ and Vanimal (Halladay, Lee, Hamels and Worley) the boys from the land of Tasty Kake and Cheesesteaks have the look of a legendary staff. After Doc and Cliff Lee getting to use the rest is almost showing off. They are great and any team that runs into them would be well within their right to call in sick for the series, but again they have to win it all first.

When I think the great Postseason staffs the Atlanta Braves immediately come to mind. Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz, to be specific. They were an outstanding group and made those Braves teams of the 1990s a mortal lock to play baseball in the late Autumn every year…but this crew only brought home one ring. Does that hurt their case as best of all-time?

Someone recently tweeted me that he believes the 2001 Diamondbacks were the best to play in October. I agree that having Schilling and The Big Unit at the top of the rotation and beating the three-time defending champion New York Yankees helps get them attention, but they seemed more of a two-man show, not a rotation.

And what about the Yankees of during their run of Championships? Coney, Boomer, Andy…not too shabby. They seemed to turn it up when it was time to play for all the marbles. In 1998, they swept the San Diego Padres and then in '99 swept the Braves by beating Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz…no matter how you feel about the Bombers, their staff in those three seasons were outstanding.

Let's go a bit old school. The Orioles of 1970 and '71. Dominant. I had a little league coach who used to tell our pitchers, "You looked like Palmer in '71 out there today!" High praise to say the least. And these were pitchers that didn't no the meaning of the expression "Pitch count." They were gamers and if you started the game you were to finish the game. Are they the best of the bunch?

As I sit here writing my mind races through teams that should be mentioned. As much as it kills me, the 2004 Boston Red Sox (thanks again, Mr. Schilling) "Cowboy'd UP!" after being down three games and didn't stop until the comebacker to Keith Foulke ended the "anguish" that plagued New England for so long.

The Giants of 2010 carried an offensively challenged club with The Freak, Matt Cain and Sanchez. They had to best a great Phillies squad and go through the Texas version of Cliff Lee and CJ Wilson to earn their rings. One of the best all-time? No, I wouldn't say that, but they deserve to be mentioned. If you picked the Giants to win it all last season give me a shout…I'll need you to buy a lottery ticket for me too.

So, will these Phillies live up to expectation? I don't know, but I would say hold off on scheduling the parade down Broad Street until they at least get through the NLDS.

Who is your call for the greatest Postseason rotation of all-time?

"Good pitching beats good hitting."

We have heard that saying more than a handful of times, and at no time is it more apparent than in the Postseason. A club with a great starting staff has the upper hand in October. They are able to set their rotation and considering the series are either 5 or 7 games, they can send their 1 and 2 pitchers to the hill more than once if need be.

We have seen some outstanding staff roll into the modern day playoffs and on to a World Championship, but who was the best…or are there a group of starters this season who will lay claim to that title?

I have a lot of friends from Philadelphia…oh, I'm sorry, you may know it as "The City of Champions." Yeah, I don't call it that, either. The Philly Phan is a different type of animal all together…I mean that in the best possible way, just look at your team mascot for the love of Kevin Stocker! What is that thing? I mean he is the class of the MLB mascot and hilarious but… I'm getting off topic here.

This year, the Phillies are giving their faithful a reason to believe a championship is coming their way. They have the best rotation in baseball, have already clinched a spot in the playoffs, but are they the best Postseason rotation of all-time?

Slow down, Danny from "the Northeast!" Take it easy, Megan from Glenside! Not so fast, Brain from Manayunk! I KNOW you think they are without question. I like the fire, but…THEY HAVEN'T WON ANYTHING YET!!

With The Doc, Cliff, Cole, OZ and Vanimal (Halladay, Lee, Hamels and Worley) the boys from the land of Tasty Kake and Cheesesteaks have the look of a legendary staff. After Doc and Cliff Lee getting to use the rest is almost showing off. They are great and any team that runs into them would be well within their right to call in sick for the series, but again they have to win it all first.

When I think the great Postseason staffs the Atlanta Braves immediately come to mind. Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz, to be specific. They were an outstanding group and made those Braves teams of the 1990s a mortal lock to play baseball in the late Autumn every year…but this crew only brought home one ring. Does that hurt their case as best of all-time?

Someone recently tweeted me that he believes the 2001 Diamondbacks were the best to play in October. I agree that having Schilling and The Big Unit at the top of the rotation and beating the three-time defending champion New York Yankees helps get them attention, but they seemed more of a two-man show, not a rotation.

And what about the Yankees of during their run of Championships? Coney, Boomer, Andy…not too shabby. They seemed to turn it up when it was time to play for all the marbles. In 1998, they swept the San Diego Padres and then in '99 swept the Braves by beating Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz…no matter how you feel about the Bombers, their staff in those three seasons were outstanding.

Let's go a bit old school. The Orioles of 1970 and '71. Dominant. I had a little league coach who used to tell our pitchers, "You looked like Palmer in '71 out there today!" High praise to say the least. And these were pitchers that didn't no the meaning of the expression "Pitch count." They were gamers and if you started the game you were to finish the game. Are they the best of the bunch?

As I sit here writing my mind races through teams that should be mentioned. As much as it kills me, the 2004 Boston Red Sox (thanks again, Mr. Schilling) "Cowboy'd UP!" after being down three games and didn't stop until the comebacker to Keith Foulke ended the "anguish" that plagued New England for so long.

The Giants of 2010 carried an offensively challenged club with The Freak, Matt Cain and Sanchez. They had to best a great Phillies squad and go through the Texas version of Cliff Lee and CJ Wilson to earn their rings. One of the best all-time? No, I wouldn't say that, but they deserve to be mentioned. If you picked the Giants to win it all last season give me a shout…I'll need you to buy a lottery ticket for me too.

So, will these Phillies live up to expectation? I don't know, but I would say hold off on scheduling the parade down Broad Street until they at least get through the NLDS.

Who is your call for the greatest Postseason rotation of all-time?