Monday, November 2, 2009

A Season On The Brink!

Ouch!

That said, there is no reason to believe this series is over. The Phillies are not in the World Series by mistake. They played their way here and are perfectly capable of beating any team in baseball three straight games, including the New York Yankees.

Tonight, the best pitcher in baseball, Cliff Lee, takes the mound. With their backs against the wall who doubts the World Champions won't rally behind him?

Back in New York, if the Phillies can get an early lead in Game 6, the Yankees might start getting nervous. Win that and anything can happen in Game 7. The Yankees have proven their ability to collapse when the Red Sox came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat them in the 2004 ALCS.

The Phillies can still win this thing.

It's my birthday and I can dream if I want to.

9 Comments:

Blogger steve mcdonald said...

The Phillies let themselves beat themselves in this series to date, let's review.

Game #2 - AJ Burnett knew the Phils wouldn't swing at the first pitch, so he made sure to throw a fastball down the middle to each batter for an easy 0-1 count. Then followed it up with working the corners and finishing them off with a nasty curveball. If Uncle Charlie told Howard or Stairs to swing at that fastball do you think Burnett's night would have been the same?

Game #3 - Hamels has A-Roid at 0-2 and throws a curveball, WHY? You have the batter where you want, you can afford to either work the corners or make him chase a pitch in desperation, 0-2 is not where you need a curveball - that HR is what caused the crumble.

Game #4 - Where do I start? 1) Why was Rollins planying 2b on Jeter, a right handed batter who sent a groundball right towards where the SS normally plays? That's like offering a free single to an overhyped athlete. 2) What happened to Raul Ibanez? Is he just happy to be here right now? Is that enough for him? 3) Lidge needed to cover third on the shift that allowed Damon to jog to third base - now we've given New York something to reminisce over for the next friggin 50 years, and of course 4) Lidge was one strike from taking out A-Roid, so why throw fastballs when the slider was working so effectively to that point?

It's not over but the Phils have one heck of a hole to dig out of at this point. They can definately win tonight and Pedro gives them a shot in game 6. And, at this point, Blanton's our last hope in game 7. Ugh...

November 2, 2009 at 8:19 AM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

BTW, is it your birthday?

November 2, 2009 at 9:38 AM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

'fraid so.

November 2, 2009 at 10:44 AM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

Happy Birthday, Sir. David Diano and Randal Davis send their best as well, wherever they lurk anymore...

November 2, 2009 at 10:51 AM 
Blogger A Nonymous said...

Time to update your photo. Besides, Halloween is over.

My suggestion, hit up every bar for a free birthday drink. The trick is to start away from home and head in that direction.

November 2, 2009 at 11:33 AM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

Shank-A-Nonymous sounds awfully familiar.

November 2, 2009 at 12:57 PM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

Doncha' think, Steve?

November 2, 2009 at 12:58 PM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

very much so. i can't figure it out...

November 2, 2009 at 1:56 PM 
Blogger Vincent said...

It amazes me how much the Fox announcers are Yankee slighted. Also Time McGarver is an Idiot. Half of what he says is STUPID and has no basis.

November 2, 2009 at 11:43 PM 

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