'08 Brewers, meet the '07 Mets.
'08 Phillies ... meet the '07 Phillies?
That remains to be seen. The Phillies have 12 games to play after yesterday's doubleheader sweep against the freefalling Brewers at Citizens Bank Park. But after a huge weekend, the Phillies honestly can say they control their destiny. They are in a first-place tie with the Brewers in the NL wild-card race and one game behind the Mets in the NL East.
"Hopefully we'll end up saying, 'It's déjà vu all over again,'" J.C. Romero said. "This team is showing a lot of character. We have two weeks left. If we're the best, we'll be popping champagne. But for now, we have to keep playing good ball."
"It kind of felt like it did last year," Brett Myers said. "We just went out there and had some fun. The offense came out swinging. The starting pitching was good. That's what wins championships. Hopefully, we can keep it up."
"I believe in momentum," Charlie Manuel said.
It turned out to be a memorable weekend. Jamie Moyer pitched on short rest in the series opener Thursday. Big games from Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and others. Good starting pitching from Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton. Brett Myers finished off things pitching on short rest in Game 2 last night. The Phillies have 12 games to go: six against the Braves, three against the Marlins and three against the Nationals. It is set up nicely for them if they want it. Now they just have to go out and get it.
Shouldn't the Brewers think about firing Ned Yost today before they continue to spiral into oblivion? He has that team wound tight as a drum. If the Brewers don't recover, they will have collapsed in back-to-back seasons. But this time it's worse because they gave up one of the top prospects in baseball to get CC Sabathia. They won't have Sabathia or Ben Sheets next year, which means their chances of winning are slim. It's time to go for broke.
Jim Salisbury tells us that the Phillies are getting those same '07 feelings.
Even Gonzo is getting optimistic.
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