Thursday, October 1, 2009
Double Post n00b
Today's post will discuss two pressing issues. The first one will be the Philadelphia Phillies, and the second will be college football including but not limited to the Boston College Eagles. First things first, we will discuss the Phillies and their postseason chances.
In case you were living under a rock and missed it, the Phillies clinched the NL East for the third year in a row last night. Could the Phillies be turning into the Braves of the new millennium? Let's hope not, because that would mean that they aren't going to win another World Series. Burn.
To close out their 10-3 romp over the Astros last night, the Phillies turned to Brad Lidge with 2 outs in the 9th inning to seal the deal. This was a smart move by Charlie Manuel, putting Lidge in to clinch the NL East and hear the ovation from the fans. But honestly, if I was Lidge I would probably feel like a jackass. They won't even put me in for the entire inning? They have to wait for two outs (as a matter of fact I got a text from a certain ESPNBethlehem.com cover boy saying "Lidge is gonna blow this")? I understand the ideology behind the move, but is this going to cure Lidge? Doubtful.
It appears that this move means that Charlie Manuel is intent on returning Lidge to the closer role. I still think that this is going to be potentially very bad for the Phils. However, one thing going in their favor right now is that the offense is back. During the home stretch (and also the Fantasy Baseball playoffs, much to my chagrin) the Phils bats were very quiet and they had a lot of close games that Lidge promptly screwed up. Now it looks as though the bats are back in action, which could lead to a lot of high scoring games for the Phils and less save situations.
Besides the bats heating up, the Phils also got three very key players back from injury: J.C. Romero, Scott Eyre and Brett Myers. These guys are all going to be very important in the back end of the bullpen, and will give guys like Madson, Lidge and Chad Durbin a rest in the last few games here. That said, everyone will be fresh for the playoffs. Bada bing, bada boom. KABOOM! The Phils are back.
The way I see it now, there is no reason that the Phillies can't return to the World Series this year. No National League team is playing great right now, and as long as the Phils can get any sort of late game relief pitching they are just as good as everybody else. Plus they are the defending champs! Watch for the bats to go on a tear in October.