Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Beat L.A.

Bring on the Dodgers. Last night brought one of the most entertaining games of the season as the Phillies continue to defy logic and find new ways to win. Huston Street had an incredible season, nearly as good as Brad Lidge's 2008 campaign. The Phillies have gotten to Street in each of his three appearances this postseason though. In Game 2, they rallied and fell just short on a Shane Victorino line-out. Street was nailed to the wall for a loss in Game 3, and a blown save and another loss in last night's series ending Game 4.

How clutch is this team!? It's unbelievable how many times they pull off these miraculous comebacks. Rollins, for the second straight game, singled off Street to get the rally started. Rollins was 3-3 against Street in the NLDS. Utley had a great two out at bat and worked a walk, leading to Ryan Howard blasting a game tying double and Jayson Werth flicking the ball into right-center field in a great piece of hitting to put the Phils in front.

Scott Eyre did a great job in the ninth, considering he's Eyre and Charlie Manuel was asking a lot from him. Eyre allowed Carlos Gonzalez to reach, as every other Phillies' pitcher did. With two outs, Eyre went right after Helton who grounded a base hit up the middle. Going right after Helton, rather than nibbling at the corners and falling behind, is the right move early in the count. Charlie went back to Brad Lidge who struck Troy Tulowitzki out to end the ballgame and end the NLDS. Lidge is a perfect 2-2 in postseason save opportunities.

The win was huge because it allows Cole Hamels to pitch in Game 1 of the NLCS on Thursday. Friday's Game 2 should come down to either Pedro Martinez, Joe Blanton or J.A. Happ and I think it will be Pedro. Cliff Lee won't be available until Game 3 back in Philadelphia unless Charlie brings him back on three days' rest. The Dodgers haven't announced a rotation but the time off gives them plenty of time to rest their players. You can bet they won't start Randy Wolf in Game 1, as they did in Game 1 of the NLDS.

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