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PENNANT RACE "MATCHED"

by Michael "DTA" Leder

ATLANTA,GA

The result of last night’s games in the National League East seemed comically predictable. The Braves and Phillies ended their respective games yet again in the same result. Both ball clubs have gone through some dramatic changes in their rosters over the month of August due to trades and especially injuries. Each team has had several key players filling and emptying the disabled list. The Braves lost Prado for a while, Phillies lost Utley and Rollins for a while; Braves lost Chipper for the rest of the season but gained Derek Lee for the rest of the season and so on and so on. Even with all the inconsistencies regarding their players, one thing has been consistent; the Phillies are two and a-half games behind.
Ever since the playoff picture started to form a few weeks after the All-Star break the Phillies have been in a constant uphill battle in their chase for the top spot that the Braves have been ever so persistent to give up. In the past two weeks it now seems as though the two teams have become equally matched. The past 9 games straight the Phillies and the Braves have continually won or lost together. The entire month of August both teams have won or lost together 14 times. In fact out of the 46 combined games both clubs collectively played in August both teams have won a total of 14 games each. The Braves finish off August in a long Bobby couldn’t have asked for a more exciting final Pennant race in his epic last year in the majors.

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