Thursday, February 12, 2009

Phils Outlast Twins and Cards For Division Crown

The Philadelphia Phillies clinched the Aaron Division with a final record of 95-67. Two games back was Minnesota at 93-69 and St. Louis finished four games behind at 91-71. All three teams have qualified for the playoffs.

This was probably the closest and best three team division race in recent memory. The Phils wrapped up the crown by going 12-5 in September while Minnesota and St. Louis both logged 9-8 marks in September games.

The pennant race ebbed and flowed all season with each of the teams spending time in first place. Just like last year, St. Louis started out of the gate fast which included a blistering 23-8 May before giving the lead up in June as they posted a dismal 9-18 record. The Twins actually held the lead for a good portion of the summer months before losing out to the Phils in the final two weeks of the season. Interestingly, the Twins had a commanding 14-4 head-to-head record vs. the Phils this season.

Congrats to all three teams for an exciting finish!

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