World Series Game 3: Yankees 8, Phillies 5

Posted by mattsmith on 1st November 2009

The Dud

I cant wait for (the season) to be over.

"I can't wait for (the season) to be over."

There’s a quote from Cole Hamels following his disasterous outing against the Yankees in Game 3 Saturday night. Hamels was questioned about his terrible 2009 season and responded with that little gem.

Cole Hamels is done.  So, he can call it a season right now, empty out his locker and go home to his mansion in West Chester, Pa. It’s that type of attitude that has turned Hamels from legend to goat in the matter of 12 months. It’s sad, really.

Hamels had a 3-0 lead to work with and was stellar through three innings. Like a rogue wave, Hamels’ downfall was unseen, but in the pit of my stomach, I anticipated he would struggle at some point.

He was removed after 4 1/3 innings. He allowed five earned runs.

The Story

It was the starting pitching.

Whereas Hamels faltered after a strong start, Andy Pettitte bounced back from a shaky start and pitched six quality innings. The Phillies had a chance to break the game open in the second inning when they loaded the bases with one out. They managed three runs, but it could’ve been much more.

Jayson Werth hit two solo homers and Carlos Ruiz smashed a meaningless one in the ninth. Other than those two, the Phillies’ offense was silenced after the third inning.

Good bullpen pitching by New York. Mariano Rivera earned a two-out save.

All in all, the Phillies simply aren’t hitting. Ryan Howard is in a major funk (nine Ks in three games). I actually think the long layoff shattered the groove he was in. Jimmy Rollins, save a single to lead off the game, didn’t do much. Same for Shane Victorino, who had a dreadful at-bat against Pettitte in the second inning with the bases juiced. Hmm… Chase Utley has gone back to being a non-factor. And Pedro Feliz is Pedro Feliz.

Ruiz continues to rake and Werth essentially carried the offense.  That’s about it in terms of positives in the lineup right now.

The Turning Point

A-Rod’s two-run homer was reviewed by the umpires, who declared the ball would have travled over the right-field wall had it not hit a television camera.

No excuses.

 A-Rod’s shot sparked the Yanks. Soon after, Hamels folded. The collapse came when he threw a get-me-over CURVEBALL to Pettitte, who swung and made contact for a hit to center field, which drove in the tying run. Johnny Damon then smoked a two-run double off Hamels.

The Next Game

This is what I feared the most. Charlie Manuel decided Friday that Joe Blanton will pitch Game 4 against CC Sabathia. Basically, as a Phillies fan, all you can do is cross your fingers and hope that Blanton gives you six-plus innings and doesn’t allow no more than three runs.

I have a feeling the Phillies will come out with an aggressive approach against Sabathia. This sounds lame, but I think Sabathia can get rattled if he lets the crowd get into his head. I thought he struggled with that “distraction” in last year’s NLDS. There’s also a possibility Sabathia struggles because he’s pitching on three days rest.

Speaking of the crowd, the fans were lame. Once the Phillies scored  those three runs, I think the feeling amongst the fans was that the game was in the bag.

When the Phillies got down, the crowd went silent for good… pretty much. We need a better effort in Game 4.

And like a New York City STD,  The Bank spread with “Let’s Go Yankees!” and “Hip-hip, Jorge!” chants from about the sixth inning on.


Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Andy Pettitte, Carlos Ruiz, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels, Jayson Werth, Jimmy Rollins, Johnny Damon, Jorge Posada, New York Yankees, Pedro Feliz, Philadelphia Phillies, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, World Series
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World Series Game 1: Phillies 6, Yankees 1

Posted by mattsmith on 29th October 2009

The Stud(s)

Chase Utley cracks his first of two solo homers off CC Sabathia

To those Yankees fans who thought the Almighty Gods of baseball would stomp all over the world champs (and, yes, we’re still the world champs!)… suck it. Mmmk?
Cliff Lee was half man, half amazing. He twirled an absolute gem, pitching all nine innings and striking out 10 without allowing an earned run. He silenced the powerful Yanks lineup
(By the way, nobody in that lineup worries me after A-Rod…)
Meanwhile, Chase Utley showed why he’s STILL the best second baseman in baseball, blasting two solo homers off CC Sabathia. It was all the run support Lee would need.
(I think the six days off will really benefit Utley this series…)
The Story
Lee’s performance, obviously, was the headline maker. You can’t say enough about him. He’s been everything we hoped for and much, much more.
Sabathia made a pair of mistakes to Utley, but he was otherwise strong. However, he was far from brilliant. I thought the first inning, when labored after getting the first two outs, was a big statement by the Phils. Yes, they didn’t score, but they made him work… which is probably why he didn’t make it past the seventh inning. That leads me to my next point…
The Phillies beat up the Yankees’ much-maligned bullpen. They tacked on four huge runs in the eighth and ninth. In that regard, the Phillies were clutch. Raul Ibanez delivered the big blow, a two-out single that plated two runs to give the Phils a 4-0 lead.
Some numbers to ponder:
  • The Phillies are 19-5 in their last 24 postseason games — the best 24-game stretch in MLB history.
  • Cliff Lee is 3-0 with an ERA under 0.60 in four playoff starts.
  • Chase Utley set an MLB postseason record by reaching base in 26 consecutive games.
  • Ryan Howard has at least one RBI in every playoff game this year EXCEPT one.
The Turning Point
I guess it was Utley’s first dinger in the third inning. That didn’t cause those fair-weather Yankees fans to leave the ballpark early yet (but they started to bail in the eighth inning),  but it was certainly huge to get the first run.
The Next Game
Pedro Martinez faces A.J. Burnett in Game 2 Thursday night. All the pressure is on the Yanks. I’ve got a funny feeling Pedro will be good enough and the Phillies will pummell Burnett.
And if that’s the case…. SERIES OVER!

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chase Utley, Cliff Lee, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Raul Ibanez, World Series
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Breaking down the positions

Posted by mattsmith on 28th October 2009

Ryan Howard OVER Mark Teixeira

I understand Tex has the huge contract and he’s probably the best defensive first baseman in all the land. Oh, and he can murder the baseball…

Still, I’d take Ryan’s bat over his. Howard has proven time and again that he is a lethal force that can’t be messed with. He’s a superstar.

Chase Utley OVER Robinson Cano

OK, so maybe Chase hasn’t been the same player since, well, May 2008. That’s cool. I think he’s playing with an injury again, but we won’t know for sure until after the postseason.

I love what Cano brings and he has a bright future. But, by and large, Utley has been the best second baseman in the league since 2007. I know he’s struggle,d but he’s a gamer. Gotta love his attitude.

Jimmy Rollins OVER Derek Jeter

yeah, I know Jeter is the son of Jesus Christ and all, but I’ll take J-Roll any day. Sounds crazy considering he’s nowhere near as consistent with the bat as Jeter, but Jimmy has a flare for the dramatic. He comes through when you need him to. He’ll aggravate you, but he always makes up for it. Not to mention, he’s the best defensive shortstop in baseball. Period.

A-Rod OVER Pedro Feliz

Uhh, yeah, this is a no-brainer. I like A-Rod as a player. He’s a fraud in some ways, you know, because of that steriod thing… but he’s still one of the best of the game regardless

LF Raul Ibanez OVER Johnny Damon

They’re both old, but Ibanez has more potential… if that makes sense.

Shane Victorino OVER Melky Cabrera

Victorino is the best center fielder in the NL, in my opinion. Love him or hate him, he’s a stud. Melky reminds me of a Marlon Byrd type, but I may be wrong

Jayson Werth OVER Nick Swisher

Not even a debate. I would like to punch Swisher in his nose. He just has that look to him…

Carlos Ruiz OVER Jorge Posada

Ruiz has established himself as one of the best all-around catchers in the game. I respect Posada, but at this point in his career, I think he’s a step or two behind his prime.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Ruiz, Chase Utley, Derek Jeter, Jayson Werth, Jimmy Rollins, Johnny Damon, Jorge Posada, Mark Teixeira, Melky Cabrera, New York Yankees, Nick Swisher, Pedro Feliz, Philadelphia Phillies, Raul Ibanez, Robinson Cano, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, World Series
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NLCS Game 2: Dodgers 2, Phillies 1

Posted by phillies09 on 16th October 2009

The Dud

The best man to bear the burden

The best man to bear the burden

Pedro Martinez threw a gem. Chase Utley took a hammer to it.

For the second straight night Chase Utley managed to turn a routine double play into Dodger runs. I don’t know if he’s taking hints from Pete Rose or what, maybe Jen needs some extra cash to build a new SPCA in the city, but if Chase isn’t shaving points than I don’t know what’s up. But in all seriousness, what the hell?

Newsflash Chase: You’re the man. Remember when Harry said that? SO DONT @#$% IT UP!

The Story

Pedro Martinez left after seven scoreless innings feeling pretty good about himself. He smiled and hugged his teammates as the L.A. night approached, ready to stick a 2-0 series lead to those “fans.” But in the eighth, between Charlie wanting to introduce the L.A. faithful (used loosely) to our whole bullpen (five pitchers) and Chase’s new fielding technique, the TBS announcers had new found life. Yes as those morons saw a sparkle of hope for their Yankees-Dodgers World Series, the Phillies fell apart faster than Pedro’s Jehri Curls.

J.A. Happ walked in the game winning run with the bases loaded.

Broxton came in and set down the top of the Phillies order rather easily to end the game.

The Padilla Flotilla pitched into the eight only making a single mistake to Ryan Howard resulting in a home run. He was pulled allowing just four hits.

The Next Game

Who even knows. Sunday, Philadelphia, 7:07 PM. Cliff Lee?

Tags: Charlie Manuel, Chase Utley, Cliff Lee, Lose Angeles Dodgers, NLCS, Pedro Martinez, Philadelphia Phillies, Ryan Howard, Vicente Padilla
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NLCS Game 1: Phillies 8, Dodgers 6

Posted by mattsmith on 16th October 2009

The Stud

The Bearded Menace (Full beard not pictured here)

The Bearded Menace (Full beard not pictured here)

I’m thinking outside the box with this one. I could have picked Carlos Ruiz and Raul Ibanez, both of whom smacked big three-run homers. But it was Chan Ho Park who was our most effective pictcher.
Tony Bastard, for whatever reason, entered in the seventh inning of a 5-4 game. He promptly allowed a leadoff double to Andre Ethier.
Park came in and shut the door. He retired Manny Ramirez, James Loney and Casey Blake rather swiftly.
The Story
This was a wild one. It went from pitcher’s duel to slugfest in a hurry.
Cole Hamels looked pretty good through four innings … then he started having menstruation cramps. Clayton Kershaw was filthy in his first four innings of work.
But then, faster than you can point out five B-list Hollywood celebrities sitting  behind home plate, Kershaw came unglued. He issued three wild pitches in the fifth. Ruiz belted a three-run homer to get the Phils on the scoreboard and Ryan Howard collected a two-run double to make it 5-1.
Of course, Hollywood Hamels nearly coughed it up.
Hamels got hit around in the fifth and the Dodgers got within three runs at 5-2. He could have gotten out of the inning, but Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley muffed a relatively routine double play ball to keep things alive for Manny. Hamels threw his arms in his air like an annoying 5-year-old little brat upset at mommy and daddy for not buying him his favorite toy. Seconds later, the Steroid Freak blasted a two-run homer to cut the Phillies’ lead to 5-4.
Someone needs to slap Hamels across his girlish face.
Get focused, man. Stop doing those stupid Comcast Digital Voice commercials and get your crap together. Stop making excuses, too.
The later innings were crazy. Ibanez’s dinger made it 8-4 in the eighth. Of course, Ryan Madson comes in and allows three straight hits. The Dodgers got within two, but Madson found his way out of further trouble by making a good pitch to Manny, who hit a weak grounder to Pedro Feliz to end the frame.
Brad Lidge got the save. It wasn’t exactly easy (but what is??), but I’ll take it.
The Turning Point
Ruiz’s three-run shot. Or maybe it was Ibanez’s? How about Madson getting out of the eighth-inning jam? Either one of those works.
What’s Next?
Today at 4:07 p.m. EST, Pedro Martinez takes the hill against former Phillies and recovering drunk Vicente Padilla. I think it was Larry Bowa who once said that Padilla has a million dollar arm and a 10 cent brain.
I predict a Phillies sweep, by the way.

Tags: Andre Ethier, Brad Lidge, Carlos Ruiz, Chan Ho Park, Chase Utley, Clayton Kershaw, Cole Hamels, James Loney, Jimmy Rollins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Manny Ramirez, NLCS, Pedro Feliz, Philadelphia Phillies, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Ryan Madson
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NLDS Game 4: Phillies 5, Rockies 4

Posted by mattsmith on 13th October 2009

The Stud(s)

Game-tying, two-run double in the ninth inning...

Game-tying, two-run double in the ninth inning...

... Game-winning, RBI single

... Game-winning, RBI single


The Story

Like a good suspense novel, this game had layers and layers of intriguing storylines.

First, there was the starting pitching. Cliff Lee  and Ubaldo Jimenez shined, save for a mistake here and there.

Jimenez made two big mistakes to Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth. Victorino belted a solo homer in the first inning and Werth blasted a one-run shot in the sixth in give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.Jimenez exited after seven strong innings.

Lee lasted into the eighth inning. He escaped a few jams earlier in the game, but for the most part dominated the Rockies in typical Lee fashion. It was in the eighth inning that the Rockies took advantage of a costly Chase Utley error, setting up a first-and-second situation with one out.

Leading 2-1, Ryan Madson was summoned from the bullpen and promptly allowed the Rockies to tie the game on a run-scoring single by Jason Giambi. With runners on first and second, Yorvit Torrealba hit a shot over Shane Victorino’s head, plating two runs and giving the Rockies a 4-2 advantage going into ninth.

The Phillies, though, never surrendered. Jimmy Rollins got on base with an infield hit. With two outs, Chase Utley coaxed a walk. Ryan Howard stepped up and smashed a two-run double to right field to tie the game. Werth poked a single into right to give the Phillies the lead for good. For the second straight night, Huston Street choked in the ninth inning. Good stuff.

The Phillies took a one-run lead into the bottom half the ninth. We know it wasn’t going to be easy.

Scott Eyre started the frame, showing no side effects from Sunday night’s ankle injury. However, he got only two outs and was pulled with runners on first and second.

Brad Lidge came on and threw probably the best I’ve seen him all year. He had pinpoint precision with his slider and got Troy Tulowitzki to strike out on a 2-2 count.

The celebration ensued.

 What a freakin’ thrill!

The Turning Point

Where to begin? I think it would have to be Utley’s at-bat. One of Utley’s greatest assets is his ability to work counts and get on base any way he can, especially in the most adverse situations. That’s precisely what he did to set the stage for Mr. Clutch.

Howard sucked the energy out of Coor’s Field with his rocket to right field and Werth followed with the go-ahead RBI hit. The entire inning showcased the Phillies’ resiliency and infectious, winning spirit. It’s what makes them the world champions.

What’s Next?

Off to Los Angeles for the start of the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers will look to exact revenge on the Phils, who will likely go with proud new papa Cole Hamels to start Game 1.

Tags: Brad Lidge, Chase Utley, Cliff Lee, Colorado Rockies, Huston Street, Jason Giambi, Jayson Werth, Jimmy Rollines, Philadelphia Phillies, Ryan Howard, Ryan Madson, Shane Victorino, Troy Tulowitzki, Ubaldo Jimenez, Yorvit Torrealba
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NLDS GAMEDAY: Phils look upon their LEEader

Posted by phillies09 on 12th October 2009

NLDS Game Four

Phillies vs. Rockies

6:07 PM (EST) at Coors Field

The Phillies acquired Cliff Lee for the sole purpose of being the rotational ace. Tonight, they look for him to fulfill that position.

Cliff will once again in a Game 1 rematch look to take down Colorado’s main man RHP Ubaldo Jimenez.

Lee looked masterful in that game, as he really didn’t see much trouble beyond the first inning. The same could be said for Jimenez up until the fifth inning, when the Phils finally got to him in the tune of five runs over two innings. Every starting Phillie 1-9 got a hit that game, including Cliff Lee who then stole second.

The Rockies will be looking for revenge on what they consider a questionable Game 3, when the Phillies scored the go-ahead run off a Chase Utley single. Not only did the ball hit Utley, but he appeared to be out at first although he was called safe (conveniently they forget about Matt Stairs’ extremely wide strike zone when the Phils had runners on 2nd and 3rd). Jim Tracy did not blame the call for the team’s loss in his post-game interview.

Tracy also will make some lineup changes, removing the struggling Brad Hawpe for LF Seth Smith. Also, Garrett Atkins will bat 5th bumping Yorvit Torrealba to 6th.

Once again the new Phillies crusher (and thus probably future Met) Carlos Gonzalez will lead off. Gonzalez is a decent (sarcasm) 8 for 13 in the series so far.

Fun Phact - Ubaldo Jimenez had the highest average speed for a fastball in 2008 (94.9 MPH).

Im not really sure what the hell this is, but I believe it accurately describes the Rockies franchise completely.

I'm not really sure what the hell this is, but I believe it accurately describes the Rockies' franchise completely.

Tags: Carlos Gonzalez, Chase Utley, Cliff Lee, Colorado Rockies, Jim Tracy, Matt Stairs, NLDS, Philadelphia Phillies, Seth Smith, Ublado Jimenez
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Mid-Series Reax: Hitting on all cylinders

Posted by mattsmith on 12th October 2009

We could sit here and talk about the cluster-mess that is the Phillies’ bullpen situation. Or, more specifically, try to dissect Charlie Manuel’s thought process as it pertains to his use of relief pitching.

But we won’t.

Aside from the pitching, which has been good, if not shaky overall, the Phillies are up 2-1 in the best-of-5 NLDS series because of their hitting.

Who would have thought the Phillies would be batting 10-for-27 with runners in scoring position? Sure, those numbers aren’t eye-popping, but they catch your attention if you’re a devoted Phillies fan.

Remember … it was one year ago when the Phillies had the worst stretch with runners in scoring position of any team in recent playoff history. That was in Games 1, 2 and 3 of the World Series.

In other words , the Phillies are doing more damage NOW than they were last October. Kind of scary.

I thought the Phillies would rely on the home run  in the playoffs because, well, they’ve been doing it all year that way. Much to my surprise, this is a lineup that has shown in three playoffs game that it can consistently score runs without leaving the yard.

Jimmy Rollins has probably been the most disappointing player, but he came through when it mattered most in the ninth inning of Game 2. J-Roll singled and eventually scored his first run of the series — the game-winning run.

Shane Victorino could do better, too, and cause some havoc on the bases. If J-Roll and Vic get it going, and get on base early, the Phillies will be in good shape.

Chase Utley had a great Game 3. He is starting to resemble April, May & June Chase Utley and not July, August & September Chase Utley.

Ryan Howard… what can you say? He’s been incredible. He hasn’t homered, but he has four RBIs in three games. Jayson Werth has delivered some big hits, too.

Raul Ibanez has five RBIs in the series.

Carlos Ruiz? He’s arguably the MVP of the lineup right now, batting 3-for-9 with three RBIs.

All together, the Phillies are hitting their stride at the plate. Didn’t you have a funny feeling that they would? This team tends to play its best baseball in the most pressure-packed situations.

Tags: Carlos Ruiz, Chase Utley, Cliff Lee, Colorado Rockies, Jayson Werth, Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino
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NLDS Game 3: Phillies 6, Rockies 5

Posted by mattsmith on 12th October 2009

The Stud

Baseball be very good to me.

"Baseball be very good to me."

 Carlos Ruiz continues to amaze in postseason play. Dating back to last year, Ruiz has come through with big hits when it’s mattered the most, and Sunday night/Monday morning was no different

Ruiz was responsible for giving the Phillies the lead on two occassions. In the fourth inning, the Phillies had some patient at-bats against Matt Hammel, resulting in a revolving door of runners getting on base.  With the bases loaded, nobody out and the game knotted at 3-3, Pedro Feliz grounded into a 1-2-3 double play. It appeared that Hammel would get out of the inning without allowing any further damage.

Ruiz, though, managed to poke one in the hole on the third-base side of the infield, knocking in Raul Ibanez to put the Phillies ahead, 4-3.

Later in the game, Ruiz smacked one up the middle to give the Phillies a 5-4 advantage.

The Story

Three points: Clutch hitting, a solid bullpen and Brad Lidge.

The Phillies are excelling at the plate in all situations. It just seemed as if every hit was a big one, whether it was Ruiz’s two RBI knocks, Chase Utley’s first-inning solo homer or Jimmy Rollins’ leadoff single to set the tone in the top of the ninth inning. All in all, the Phillies have been getting the job done at the dish.

Considering the circumstances, the relievers did a great job. After J.A. Happ exited in the fourth inning, Joe Blanton pitched OK — his only real blemish was a solo dinger off the bat of Carlos Gonzalez, who has been killing everything. Scott Eyre was injured in the seventh inning when he rolled his ankle in an attempt to field a sacrifice bunt. No word on the severity of the injury.

Ryan Madson entered for Eyre in the seventh inning with runners on first and third and nobody out. Madson allowed a sacrifice fly, but also got a pair of hugh strikeouts. Finally, Chad Durbin pitched a spotless eighth inning to perserve the 5-5 tie.

As usual, Brad Lidge wasn’t sharp, but he battled through the adversity and that’s a great sign. Lidge worked himself out of a one-out jam to put the finishing touches on a Phillies win.

The Turning Point

Utley hit a tapper in front of the plate in the ninth inning and beat the throw to first base. Yes, it was a questionable call (s), but it allowed Ryan Howard to drive in the winning run with a sacrifice fly.

The… Uh… Next Game

Cliff Lee will duel with Ubaldo Jimenez in a rematch of Game 1. First pitch is scheduled for 6:07 p.m. EST later today. If Lee can mimic his Game 1 performance, in which he hurled a complete game, the Phillies will be off to Los Angeles for the NLCS.


Tags: Brad Lidge, Carlos Ruiz, Chad Durbin, Chase Utley, Cliff Lee, Colorado Rockies, J.A. Happ, Joe Blanton, Matt Hammel, Pedro Feliz Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard, Ryan Madson, Scott Eyre
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NLDS Three Keys To Victory

Posted by mattsmith on 7th October 2009

The Lee-Hamels Effect

Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels must revert back to their dominant form. The struggling leftys are expected to carry the Phillies to a pair of wins at home. After all, the starting pitching match ups favor the Phillies HEAVILY in the first two games.

Pitching deep is also key because, quite frankly, who the hell knows what the bullpen situation is.  Joe Blanton and J.A. Happ could be used in long relief in case of emergency. Let’s not call 911, please.

Jump On it, Jump On It

Based on completely unrealistic standards for him, Chase Utley had a bad year. Utley has to come up with timely hits... something he hasnt done consistently in months.

Based on completely unrealistic standards for him, Chase Utley had a bad year. Utley has to come up with timely hits... something he hasn't done consistently in months.

Don’t know why I just wrote that. Remember that dorky dance tune?

Anyway… the point I’m trying to make is simple: Go out and score runs. Early. And often.

It’s time for the real Phillies lineup to please stand up. There’s no margin for error. If the bats are in a funk, we’re doomed.

The Brad Lidge Situation

Ugh. I can’t stomach the thought of Lidge going out in the ninth inning trying to save a one-run game. Hopefully, if Lidge is brought into the game, the Phillies have at least a three-run cushion. Fact is, if the Phillies want to win another World Series, Charlie Manuel must be smart with his decisions regarding the use of Lidge.

Blown saves are never acceptable. Blown saves in the playoffs are like going into your garage, writing a goodbye letter to your loved ones, and hanging yourself with a noose.

Too harsh?

Prediction: Phillies in 4

Tags: Brad Lidge, Charlie Manuel, Chase Utley, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, J.A. Happ, Joe Blanton, Pedro Martinez, Philadelphia Phillies
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