Archive: October, 2008
Sorry for the delay in today's post, but after the Phillies clinched the National League Division Series yesterday with a 6-2 victory over the Brewers, I got a little busy. And then I flew back to Philly from Milwaukee this morning. Anyway, enough about me. How are you? I'm guessing you're pretty good because the Phillies are playing in the National League Championship Series for the first time since 1993. They play the Los Angeles Dodgers, who upset the Cubs. Which is just terrible, by the way.
In the visitor's clubhouse at Miller Park, players sprayed champagne and drank beers, but it was a little muted compared to their party when they clinched the NL East. You get a real sense that this team isn't satisfied. Now, that's not to say they're going to beat the Dodgers, but I don't think this team is just happy to be here, either. They see a tremendous opportunity to create a legacy for themselves. Believe me, these guys -- especially players like Pat Burrell and Jimmy Rollins -- have heard endless stories about the '80 and '93 teams. They would like to make their own mark in Phillies history, so years from now people will be talking about the '08 team.
It looks like Phillies fans won't need to stockpile Red Bull and coffee to watch the National League Championship Series.
Here are the start times:
- Game 1 on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park: 8:22 p.m.
- Game 2 on Friday at Citizens Bank Park: 4:35 p.m.
- Game 3 on Sunday at Dodger Stadium: 8:22 p.m.
- Game 4 on Monday at Dodger Stadium: 8:22 p.m.
- Game 5 on Wednesday (Oct. 15) at Dodger Stadium: 8:22 p.m.
- Game 6 on Friday (Oct. 17) at Citizens Bank Park: 8:22 p.m.
- Game 7 on Saturday (Oct. 18) at Citizens Bank Park: 8:22 p.m.
Every NLCS game will be broadcast on FOX.
So how much faith do you have in Joe Blanton?
Because he's all that stands between a trip to the National League Championship Series and CC Sabathia on full rest in Game 5 Tuesday. The Phillies lost last night to the Brewers in Game 3 of the NLDS, 4-1, to force Game 4, which begins in about an hour. Phil Sheridan tells us about the situation the Phillies find themselves in. They go from their sure thing in Jamie Moyer in Game 3 to an uncertainty in Blanton in Game 4. Bob Ford is correct when he said the Phillies didn't take advantage of their opportunities.
The Phillies are headed to their first National League Championship Series since 1993 with today's 6-2 victory over the Brewers in the NLDS. Game 1 is Thursday against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies have heard plenty about that '93 team.
They've obviously heard even more about the '80 team.
Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the NLDS tonight at Miller Park:
1. Jimmy Rollins, SS (.375, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
2. Jayson Werth, RF (.250, 0, 0)
3. Chase Utley, 2B (.125, 0, 2)
4. Ryan Howard, 1B (.000, 0, 0)
5. Pat Burrell, LF (.000, 0, 0)
6. Shane Victorino, CF (.500, 1, 5)
7. Pedro Feliz, 3B (.125, 0, 1)
8. Carlos Ruiz, C (.167, 0, 0)
9. Jamie Moyer, P
1. Mike Cameron, CF (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
2. Bill Hall, 3B (.000, 0, 0)
3. Ryan Braun, LF (.375, 0, 0)
4. Prince Fielder, 1B (.000, 0, 0)
5. J.J. Hardy, SS (.167, 0, 1)
6. Corey Hart, RF (.143, 0, 0)
7. Rickie Weeks, 2B (.000, 0, 0)
8. Jason Kendall, C (.000, 0, 0)
9. Dave Bush, P
Jamie Moyer has clinched the last two National League East championships for the Phillies.
He could clinch the NLDS tonight at Miller Park.
He keeps this up he could develop a reputation. Moyer seems to have a knack for pitching well in big games. Many might not remember, but he pitched very well for the Phillies in Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS against the Colorado Rockies. He allowed just one run in six innings. It's just that the Phillies couldn't score for him. But there is a definite confidence in the Phillies clubhouse with Moyer on the mound tonight against the Brewers in Game 3. They know Moyer has seen everything in his career. Nothing will surprise him. They know he won't be awed. They know he won't be distracted. They know he will be focused on the task at hand.
It doesn't take much to irritate Brett Myers.
He wondered at one point last night at Citizens Bank Park, if anybody wanted to ask him about his pitching. He had allowed two hits and two runs in seven innings in a 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 2 of the NLDS. He had answered questions about which Myers would show up -- the one that went 7-2 with a 1.80 ERA in 11 starts after the all-star break or the one who pitched terribly in his final two regular-season starts? So when he got his third question about his second-inning at-bat against Brewers lefthander CC Sabathia, he had to wonder, "Did I pitch tonight?"
Yes, Brett, you pitched.
Here are the lineups for Game 2 of the NLDS:
1. Mike Cameron, CF
2. Ray Durham, 2B
3. Ryan Braun, LF
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. J.J. Hardy, SS
6. Corey Hart, RF
7. Craig Counsell, 3B
8. Jason Kendall, C
9. CC Sabathia, P
1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Shane Victorino, CF
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Pat Burrell, LF
6. Jayson Werth, RF
7. Pedro Feliz, 3B
8. Carlos Ruiz, C
9. Brett Myers, P