Friday, October 10, 2008
I Love [Beating] LA
Game 1 Recap
Key Play - Rafael Furcal making an error allowing Shane Victorino to reach before Chase Utley's homer. I know that both Phillies homers were big, but I don't think the inning turns out the way it does if Furcal makes that routine play. And yes, I do mean routine play. I'm sure Victorino's speed and hustle had a little to do with Furcal making the error, but he had plenty of time to get him if he fields and fires like he does every other time he plays a groundball.
Key Play Runner-Up - The left field wall knocking down Manny's drive in the first inning. If you believe the talking heads on TV, The Cit has 200 feet fences and 10 homers are hit there per game. The reality is that some monster shots stay in the yard. If the Dodgers jump out 2-0 in the first, it's a very different game.
Best Homer By A Player Having A Birthday Today - Pat Burrell. He has a one path swing, yet pitchers keep throwing it right in his path. That's weird, you'd think that once The Rat made Pat's "one path swing" public knowledge, pitchers would pitch it elsewhere. Another mystery...Happy Birthday Pat.
Worst Play - So Taguchi's bunt. Holy crap, I can't believe that guy got in the game. Why is he on the playoff roster? What can he possibly contribute to this team? Help me, somebody, because these unanswerable questions are driving me crazy.
Best Defender - Blake Dewitt - First, is there more of an LA-style name than Blake Dewitt. It sounds like he should be on MTV's "Laguna Beach" or in gay porn. Anyway, the guy worked the glove last night. Bare hand scoops, unassisted double plays, you have to give him credit for a tremendous game at second.
Best Use Of The Slider - Brad Lidge got through the 9th inning on only 13 pitches, 10 of which were sliders. He had good velocity and command and left Phillies fans with enough fingernail length to chew a little during game 2.
Worst Defender - Ryan Howard - Watching that ball bounce off of his chest was pitiful and comical at the same time. But, he hits more than 40 homers a year, so we'll forgive...
Worst Announcer - Tie between FOX's Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. I wish Buck would quit lying to all of us and just openly root for LA. And as for McCarver, he's just a freaking moron. Where's Deion Sanders and a bucket of water when you need him. [Although, calling Manny's actions in Boston "despicable" is spot on.]
Game 2 Preview
The Dodgers send another high quality starter to the hill on Friday, which they'll pretty much do for every game. Chad Billingsley was a highly touted prospect (1st round pick in '03) who's living up to expectations. He's 35-19 with a 3.33 ERA over the course of his three year career. Against Philadelphia he is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA, including a six inning, 7 hit, 3 run loss against the Phils this year.
Brett Myers....well, who the hell knows. We could see "Rock Star" Myers of the second half, or "Rock Smoker" Myers of the first half.
Would you be happy with a split heading to LA? I won't be. Let's Go Phils!