The Manuel Bracket for our Philly postseason tournament

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
September 28 2014, 1:15PM EDT.
@Philabaseball

Yesterday we introduced our inaugural Philly City Series, pitting the eight best teams in Philadelphia history in a postseason style simulation tournament. We looked at the Connie Mack side of the bracket yesterday, so today we look at the Charlie Manuel bracket side of the tourney.

No. 1 1976 Phillies (101-61) vs. No. 4 1911 Athletics (92-70)
Led by Mike Schmidt (.262, 38 HR, 107 RBIs), the 1976 Phillies statistically rank as the best team in franchise history. The stellar regular season failed to translate to the postseason though as the club was swept by the Reds in the NLCS. Steve Carlton led the starting rotation, finishing 20-7 with a 3.13 ERA to go with 195 strikeouts.

The 1911 Athletics ran away with the American League pennant and knocked off the New York Giants to win Connie Mack's second World Series in as many years. Playing in the dead-ball era, Home Run Baker led the club with 11 homers while Eddie Collins put together a .365 batting average to go along with 38 steals and a 162 OPS+.

Ranking: The first number in parentheses is the club’s all-time ranking according to our Power Ranking formula – this ranking is out the more than 2,300 professional teams that have played since 1900. The second number is the team’s rank in franchise history | 1976 Phillies (78/1) vs. 1911 Athletics (20/2).

Team Wins Above Replacement: 1976 Phillies (31.1 Offense + 17.9 Pitching) 49 TEAM WAR | 1911 Athletics (33.6 Offense + 19 Pitching) 52.6 TEAM WAR

Pick: Though the '76 Phillies enter the tournament with the No. 1 seed on this side of the bracket, the '11 Athletics are a better all around team. Essentially, this just goes to show how strong some of Connie Mack's clubs really were. I think the A's pull this out in four, likely falling to Steve Carlton before taking the next three.

Schedule | Probable Pitching Matchups:
Game 1, Friday, October 3 at Veterans Stadium | Steve Carlton (20-7, 3.13) vs. Jack Coombs (28-12, 3.53)
Game 2, Saturday, October 4 at Veterans Stadium | Jim Lonborg (18-10, 3.08) vs. Eddie Plank (23-8, 2.10)
Game 3, Monday, October 6 at Shibe Park | Chief Bender (17-5, 2.16) vs. Jim Kaat (12-14, 3.48).
* Game 4, Tuesday, October 7 at Shibe Park | Jack Coombs (28-12, 3.53) vs. Larry Christenson (13-8, 3.68)
* Game 5, Thursday October 9 at Veterans Stadium | Steve Carlton (20-7, 3.13). vs. T.B.A.

No. 2 1914 Athletics (99-53) vs. No. 3 1993 Phillies (97-65)

The most recognizable team in Phillies franchise history, the 1993 club made an improbable run and reached the World Series before falling to Joe Carter and the Blue Jays in six games. Darren Daulton (.257, 24 HR, 105 RBIs) led the offense while Lenny Dykstra (.305, 19 HR, 36 SB) worked wonders out of the lead-off spot.

The 1914 Athletics reached the World Series but fell to Boston. Led by a strong offense that outscored the second highest team in runs by more than 130, the team hit .278 while the league average was .248. Similar to the 1911 club, Eddie Collins and Home Run Baker led the team at the plate while Eddie Plank and Chief Bender helmed the rotation.

Ranking: The first number in parentheses is the club’s all-time ranking according to our Power 
Ranking formula – this ranking is out the more than 2,300 professional teams that have played since 1900. The second number is the team’s rank in franchise history | 1914 Athletics (56/7) vs. 1993 Phillies (301/6).

Team Wins Above Replacement: 1914 Athletics (38.7 Offense + 13 Pitching) 51.7 TEAM WAR | 1993 Phillies (30.1 Offense + 12.2 Pitching) 42.3 TEAM WAR

Pick: Athletics in three. I just can't see the Phillies pitching being able to contain the A's offense.

Schedule | Probable Pitching Matchups:
Game 1, Friday, October 3 at Shibe Park | Bob Shawkey (15-8, 2.73) vs. Curt Schilling (16-7, 4.02)
Game 2, Saturday, October 4 at Shibe Park | Chief Bender (17-3, 2.26) vs. Danny Jackson (12-11, 3.77)
Game 3, Monday, October 6 at Veterans Stadium | Tommy Greene (16-4, 3.42)  vs. Eddie Plank (15-7, 2.87)
* Game 4, Tuesday, October 7 at Veterans Stadium | Terry Mulholland (12-9, 3.25) vs. T.B.A.
* Game 5, Thursday October 9 at Shibe Park | T.B.A. vs. Curt Schilling (16-7, 4.02)

The tournament begins Thursday and we'll go right along with the actual Major League Baseball postseason schedule.

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