Ouch, that hurt! Suffering a 13-2 drubbing is only enjoyable if there's a bench clearing brawl and and a bullpen pitcher comes in and lands a haymaker on an unsuspecting player from the other team. Unfortunately, that didn't happen, but the Blue Jays did kick our butts nonetheless. Today is the rubber match, with Adam Eaton taking the mound for the Phils while Toronto counters with surprise rookie success Jesse Litsch.
As pointed out by yesterday's post, we were lucky to win the first game of this series by scratching out 5 runs on only 3 hits. Last night the offense didn't do much better while managing to muster 4 measly hits. It's not like the Blue Jays were throwing Cy Young's Roy Halladay or Pat Hentgen at us, rather Dustin McGowan and Shaun Marcum. In fact the Phils lineup has been slumping lately, with Rowand (5-24), Victorino (5-24), Rollins (5-32), Utley (1-11), Burrell (4-19), Helms (2-14), and Ruiz (4-22). Collectively that's 26-146 for a pitiful .178 batting average.
I think it's time to summon the spirit of Lenny Dykstra of the '93 World Series and bowl over the Blue Jays this afternoon. If the Phils would have won the Series, Nails would have surely been the MVP, as he absolutely destroyed the Jays' pitching, batting .348 with 9 runs, 4 homeruns, 8 RBI, 4 stolen bases, a .500 on base %, and a .948 slugging %.