Charlie Manuel thinks the Phillies are pressing at the plate.
Publicly, most players say they're not.
But Jimmy Rollins at least acknowledged he "felt a little tense" in one of his at-bats last night in a 4-2 loss to the Rays in Game 2 of the World Series. How else to explain a team that Rays manager Joe Maddon gushes about because he is so impressed with their quality at-bats? They might have quality at-bats without men in scoring position, but the Phillies are an anemic 1 for 28 with runners in scoring position in the first two games of this series. They are hitting .158 (18 for 114) with runners in scoring position in the postseason, too.
This is not just a two-game trend. This is a postseason trend, and the fear here must be that it finally catches up to them.