Monday, October 27, 2008
When acquired for a bevy of prospects, Joe Blanton was far from a fan favorite. In fact he was being scrutinized before ever throwing a pitch for the Phils, being dubbed Eaton-esque. Ladies, gentlemen, and naysayers- Joe Blanton is far from being Adam Eaton, Kyle Kendrick, or even Kyle Lohse, because Joe Blanton just won his second game this postseason which just happened to pull the Phils within 1 game of being World Series Champions. Kentucky Joe went 6 solid innings last night striking out 7 Rays while only allowing 2 solo homeruns; and in case you missed it, he too went deep for his 1st career homerun. After the game, sore-loser Joe Maddon questioned the dark spot on the bill of Blanton's cap, but the umpiring crew quickly dismissed his inquiry after studying the baseball and finding no pinetar or foreign substance residue. Bottomline, Blanton pitched masterfully and the Phils sent enough deep flies (4 homeruns, 10 runs scored) to spank the pants off of the Rays. Just one more...
It's time to seize the day! King Cole goes for his 5th win of the postseason, while the city of Philly ebbs and flows with every single one of his pitches tonight as the championship starved fanatics can feel the moment of complete and utter bliss about to erupt upon them. Ryan Howard said it would be "bedlam" if the Phils finished things off Monday night, and by golly I hope he's right.
*Since the Phils are destined to win tonight, meaning it will be the final game of the 2008 season and likely Pat Burrell's Phillie career, I hope he goes deep for a memorable World Series moment.
*For as much that has been made out of the Phillies woes with runners in scoring position, the combination of Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria is now 0-29 with 15 k's.
*If the Phils win tonight who is the World Series MVP? Candidates- Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, and Ryan Madson.