No, you're not going crazy, you read that correctly. And I know what you're thinking now, "If I'm not crazy, he must be." Well, that may be, but here is how I'm looking at this messed up World Series.
I've read and listened to a lot of people yesterday who insisted that this unprecedented postponement and re-postponement is not in the Phils favor. Hamels is out of the game. The Rays get to pitch David Price. The Rays have momentum. Blah, blah, blah. Who cares. I'm not hearing the negativity. Instead, think this way...
- The Phils have a 3-1 lead. They are in far better position than the "momentum carrying" Rays, no matter what Steve Phillips or Joe Buck or Tim McCarver or any other baseball "expert" says.
- The Phillies have a better bullpen than the Rays.
- David Price may pitch for the Rays, and again, despite what the "experts" say, he isn't some sort of pitching Messiah. The Great One gave up two runs in 2.1 innings in his only other appearance this World Series, including a homer to Eric Bruntlett. Price may come out and pitch well, but I have to think a rookie pitcher who gives up gopher balls to Eric Bruntlett might favor Philadelphia.
- Tonight the Phils go into a tie game with twelve outs compared to the Rays nine. Moreover, the Phils start with a pinch hitter then the top of the lineup, so Rollins, Werth and probably Utley and Howard have two more at-bats. The Rays start their "game" with their 6th hitter.
- I hate to say it, but if for some reason the Phils would lose Game 5 and 6, these delays could allow Hamels to come back and pitch Game 7. If they allow for a travel day, Hamels would be on his regular four days rest for Game 7 on Saturday. I know we all love Jamie Moyer, but I think Hamels is a slightly better option.
Those are just a few points to ponder this morning. Check back later this afternoon as we'll take a closer look at how things may shape up at 8:37 tonight.