Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Rain, Selig Give Edge To Phils

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.

Corey

23 comments:

GM-Carson said...

It's been announced that there will be no travel day. If the Phils lose game 5.5 tonight, game 6 is scheduled for tomorrow night in Florida.

Corey said...

shit.

Corey said...

well, he only threw 75 pitches so maybe he can go on 3 days.

GM-Carson said...

I read somewhere that Hamels said he would be willing to go on short rest if need be. Lets hope it doesn't come to that.

I've been looking at the forecast in Philly and it appears the storm has moved out. It's cold, low 40's and windy, but hopefully that'll help the field dry out so that the game can resume tonight.

GM-Carson said...

Funny article on what Brett Myers did yesterday to relax.

BloodStripes said...

Sorry Phans but I'm back.

I was recently in the 2nd most visited town in Australia for foreign tourists so naturally I ran into a few Phils fans and had the pleasure of joining them to watch games 3 and 4 at a local pub. One of the guys was getting calls from his mates in the stadium after Werth and Howard hit their bombs in game 4. It was a real blast. We were cheering the house down.

Even though I haven't missed any game time it seems I've missed alot of newsand chit chat. Selig can go bang himself. When the rain clears the Phils will win and all angst will be washed away in a sea of euphoria.

GM-Carson said...

The Phils HAVE to win this, because the city and fanbase NEED a championship.

By the way BloodStripes- I hope you put in a good word for our blog with those Phils Phans in the bar.

BloodStripes said...

As a matter of fact Carson I did. A few lagers may prevent them from remembering but nevertheless I was plugging here and beerleaguer as the best one stop shops for all things Phillie.

BloodStripes said...

See you on here at game time for hopefully the best few innings of our baseball loving lives.

Go Phils!

GM-Carson said...

Hopefully Citizens Bank Park doesn't have to turn into this.

Joe said...

The Phillies are in great shape.

One thing that makes me nuts is the coolness of this team. Not the Jimmy Rollins cool swagger. It’s the Utley-Hamels “do I have a pulse?” California cool. These guys never get too high or too low. The whole team (less Jayson Werth) has shown no signs of being aware of the situation from March until now.

The Rays have been tight. I think the rain helped Pena and Longoria by taking their mind of the situation (it also helped Hamels miss his spots). The rain’s gone. The Campbell’s condensed soup of a game tonight and the weight of trying to get the series back to FLA will be too much.

I also see the opportunity for Madden to overthink like he did with his bullpen in games 5 and 6 in the ALCS. There is absolutely no way Charlie can do that.

GM-Carson said...

Charlie "overthink" something, that would take a lot.

GM-Carson said...

From MLBTR-
"Lynn Henning of the Detroit News looks at the Tigers' offseason situation this morning. The Tigers need help in the bullpen and at shortstop and catcher. They don't have the payroll room to support this shopping list, so a trade of Magglio Ordonez may be necessary.

Ordonez, 35 in January, hit .317/.376/.494 in 623 plate appearances this year. Assuming 457 plate appearances in 2009, Ordonez is owed $51MM over the next three seasons ($17MM per year on average). That's about market value. Henning says the Tigers could trade Ordonez mainly for salary relief, or eat money to get better players in return. My guess at possible suitors: the Rays, Reds, and Phillies."

*I'd love for Maggy to play RF in place of Burrell next season for the Phils, especially if the Tigers eat some of the contract. He'd be a huge bat in the middle of the lineup, and no offense to Burrell, but make the lineup even better.

Maria said...

Who's talking about a game 6 and 7? W have 5.5 to play tonight and I don't know if you've realized it but if we win that's it.

Badgerick Calais said...

Love the positivity guys. I was mad as hell yesterday. Bitching and moaning about all the injustices. I'm glad we got the day off yesterday. It really let me clear my head. And you are right on the money. It comes down to this. To clinch the first World Championship in 28 years, The Phillies have to score more runs with 12 outs than the Rays do with 9 outs. You can't get a bigger advantage than that.

Rich Baxter said...

Don't tune into the broadcast till 8:30 pm so you can miss the Barack Obama show preceding the game tonight.

He'll sound like Selig did the other night... promises, promises...


rich baxter
www.fightinphillies.com

furiousBall said...

we're gonna win this shit tonight.

GM-Carson said...

All polictians talk out of their ass, except for the Nuge!

GM-Carson said...

My 13 month old son, Collier Chase, is going as a fisherman for halloween, and his boat is called "Phils Phan" and his license # is PA 2008. Go Phils!

Corey said...

yeah, i love the fact that a world series game at he end of october whe it's already freaking freezing isn't going to start until a quarter of nine because some freaking politician has to have a "billy mays here"/oxiclean/shamwow!/ron popeil pocket fisherman type infomercial to tell everyone nothing.

i guess it just puts off the champagne celebration by 1/2 hour...

Maria said...

Did you see the news yesterday. A woman gave birth to twin boys and named them Chase and Cole. Her last was Ryan.

GM-Carson said...

That's just sad. Seriously, who the hell would name their child after a Phillies (ahem, my son's name is Collier Chase)...really now people.

LynnieMac said...

I wish I understood how the Rays are supposed to have all this momentum. Yes, they scored a run in the top of the 6th (a run which, by the way, they thought they HAD to score to keep from being eliminated), but that was what? 46 hours before gametime tonight? How is there momentum there? They HAVE to keep the game where it is to survive. All the Philies have to do is go out, be aggressive, and play baseball just like they have 175.5 other times this year. Go Phils!