Monday, March 9, 2009

Philadelphia Phillies' Charlie Manuel picks his team to repeat as N.L. East champs

By Brian Costa

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- He didn't use the words "team to beat." And given that his team won the World Series last season, he didn't say anything outrageous.

But with the history between the Mets and Phillies, Charlie Manuel's comments to Thursday are worth noting.

The Phillies manager said he would pick his team (well, duh) to repeat as National League East champions.

"I think if our pitching just stays consistent, I don't see any reason in the world why we can't win our division and go onto the World Series," Manuel said. "If I was picking a team in our league, I'd pick the Phillies, and that's not because I manage them."

The Phillies have been a confident team for a few years now, and the verbal back-and-forth between them and the Mets has been well-documented.

At this point, can you really blame the Phillies for believing they are a superior team?

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