The Phillies aren't optimistic that they'll add pitching

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Ruben Amaro tells the Philly Inquirer that, though he wants to pick up a pitcher before the deadline, he isn’t optimistic that he’s going to be able to:

Do we have to have another pitcher? No. Would I like to add some
pitching? Yeah. I think we need to get healthy. I think we’re getting
closer.”

Amaro notes that there were only two deals featuring starting pitching before last year’s deadline — Jarrod Washburn to the Tigers and Cliff Lee to Philly — and that he doesn’t expect there to be a lot of movement in pitching this year either.

Anyone for Roy Halladay on two-day’s rest for the remainder of the season?  Because that would be cool.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. named ALCS MVP

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Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series after his club punched its ticket to the World Series on Thursday night against the Astros.

Coincidentally, the Astros’ Game 5 starter Justin Verlander was ALCS MVP last year en route to a championship.

Bradley went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday’s Game 5, but he hit a three-run double in Game 2, a grand slam in Game 3, and a go-ahead two-run home run in Game 4. That’s nine RBI and three extra-base hits across five games. He also drew four walks.

Though Bradley had a solid regular season, he was not near the top of the list most people would’ve expected to win ALCS MVP heading into the series. During the season, he hit .234/.314/.403 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases in 535 plate appearances.