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Hamels and Phillies can't stop Rockies in Game Two of NLDS

Cole Hamels has been unreliable for the better part of this season. Thursday was no exception. Hamels was far from his postseason form of 2008, allowing four earned runs as the Rockies tied the series at one game a piece in Game Two of the 2009 NLDS. Hamels constant inability to close middle innings of a game was further demonstrated after surrendering a two-out, two-run home run to Yorvit Torrealba in the top of the fourth. It was Torrealba's first home run since (gulp).........May.

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Phillies draw first blood in NLDS as Cliff Lee dominates Rockies

With two strikes on Troy Tulowitzski in the top of the ninth inning, Cliff Lee took a step back and soaked it all in. Last year's reigning AL Cy Young Award Winner was left off Cleveland's 2007 Postseason roster. He had been waiting for this moment for a long time. Here it was: Game One of the 2009 NLDS against the Colorado Rockies. And one out later, he became the first Philadelphia Phillies pitcher to throw a complete game in the postseason since Curt Schilling in the 1993 World Series. Most importantly, he gave the Phils a 1-0 lead in this best-of-five series.

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Phillies-Rockies NLDS Playoff Preview: The Rematch

This NLDS playoff matchup features a rematch between the Phillies and Rockies, who faced off in the 2007 NLDS. It was the Phillies' first playoff appearance since their fabled run in 1993, and it ended quicker than Mike Jackson's second go-around with the Phillies. In terms of raw stats, both teams are evenly matched on offense, defense, and pitching. The Phillies were 8th in the majors with a team ERA of 4.16 and the Rockies were 10th with a 4.22. Opponents batted .265 against the Fightins and .261 against the Rockies. They were both pretty even in strikeouts.

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Who will or won't make the Phillies NLDS Postseason Roster?

With the Phillies concluding their regular season this afternoon with a thrilling 7-6 victory over the Florida Marlins, it became obvious to all that Charlie Manuel has some big decisions to make regarding his 2009 NLDS Postseason Roster, which is to be submitted to Major League Baseball by 10 am Wednesday morning. While some roster spots are no-brainers, some decisions are going to take more time than others. Here are some questions the Phillies will have to address as well as who should and who shouldn't be part of the Fightins postseason plans. Let's start with the questions.

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