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Down But Not Out

Posted by Brian Michael, Fri, October 05, 2007 01:25 PM | Comments: 14
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The Phillies head to Colorado on the brink of elimination after a 10-5 loss to the Rockies. Game 2 coupled with Game 1 have showcased the inconsistency that Phillies fans have come to expect in the team. Some players are performing, some are not. Jimmy Rollins continues to make a case for the NL MVP award as he opposes fellow-front runner Matt Holliday, even though the playoffs technically do not count for voting. J.C. Romero pitched another solid inning, but that is pretty much where the story ends. Kyle Kendrick was rocked for five earned runs early, Chase Utley, although he had two hits yesterday, has been ineffective at the bat. Then there’s Jose Mesa, who must be sleeping with David Montgomery because there is no logical reason why he should be in a Phillies uniform.

But it’s far from over, this is why they play a five-game series. Since the inception of the divisional series only the 2001 New York Yankees have won a series after losing the first two at home. I believe one of those comeback games involved the Derek Jeter grab-and-toss relay throw to nail Jason Giambi at home. And that’s what needs to happen in Colorado. Someone has to put this team on their shoulders and finish the job. With the Rockies offensive JRoll can’t do it alone and in this case the job seemingly falls on Jamie Moyer. After his outing on Sunday, we all have supreme confidence in the guy but at the same time we know our Phillies. Yesterday I had the chance to talk with the guys over at Bleacher Bloggers about the keys to the Phillies must-win Game 3. You should really click on the link and watch the video – I sent them a ridiculous picture of myself which I hope will inspire fans and the team (I come on with 2:10 remaining).

If I come across as overly confident, it’s because we taped the show before Game 2. But still, the Phillies are not going to roll over and play dead. Even though they made it to the playoffs thanks to a Mets collapse, they’re not showing up with video cameras like it’s the All-Star game. They’re there to take care of business and reclaim their authority over Coors Field. Go Phils!

 

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  • Posts: 0 Tom

    I miss Gio Gonzalez.

     
  • Posts: 0 Big Daddy

    The Phils should pull the tarp out again and make sure Manuel is underneath for the whole game, along with Mesa.

     
  • Posts: 0 MRMET

    Enjoy winning the division by coming in the backdoor. Will never happen again. You guys are going to get swept because you suck. By the way Rowand will be a Met next year so suck it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mdefl

    Ah! Such witty prose for a New Yorker. That is pretty much what I expect from a cretin such as he.

    As much as I like Rowand, he is not the reason the Phils made the playoffs although he will be missed.

     
  • Posts: 0 mike1360

    U GOTTA BELIEVE GO PHILS

     
  • Posts: 0 mike1360

    FIRE MANUEL
    FIRE GILLICK
    TRADE HOWARD FOR PITCHING
    WAVE BYE TO ROWAND
    RETIRE HARRY KALAS!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 matt

    EAT SHIT AND ENJOY THE LONG WINTER ASSHOLES!!!!

    ITS NOT SUCH A “HAPPY DAY” NOW IS IT???

    YOUR LINEUP IS A JOKE, YOU ONLY PUT UP ONE RUN IN COLORADO! UTLEY, ROWAND, HOWARD, ROLLINS, THEY’RE ALL ONE BIG JOKE!!!

    HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHA I ENJOYED THIS MORE THAN YOU WILL EVER KNOW!!!!
    BY THE WAY YOUR CITY IS A SHIT HOLE!!!!!!

    I HATE THE PHILLIES!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Max

    The article should be retitled “3 and out” hahaha, you guys are the real disgrace of the east. by the way, you didn’t win the east, or earn it. the mets blew the east, and gave it to you, and you received it. congrats though, you guys really proved you were that playoff caliber team! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA PHOOLIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Max

    by the way, karma sucks. maybe u should think about firing the guy who put up clips of the mets collapse on the big screen before game one of your series. all it did was reaffirm why exactly you guys won the east. not because u were better, you were handed it!

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg

    Dismiss the previous Mets comments. You’ve earned your place in history, you will never live it down. Nothing but angst. I’ll bet reveling in our misery really puts your season in perspective.

    Onto more important matters…
    Season in Review.

    I am disappointed, but lets be objective, we were the team to beat in the NL East, despite catastrophic injuries and a pitching core that ranks up with the worst in playoff team history. 89 games and the division crown is a major accomplishment. They met a team that capitalized on every mistake and deserved to beat us. This season was great, and any negative press on this team is a travesty. Its a shame that they fell short, and don’t think I noticed Redman as probable starter in Game 4 and Hamels in 5 if we had pulled it off. IF. Rocks capitalized on every mistake and they played better than us. flat out.

    BUT… we still have 3 MVP caliber players hitting their prime and a gutsy, burgeoning ace that shows flashes of brilliance. I say were a whole lot better off than last year going into the off-season. Bullpen pieces, a third baseman… I think all the Phils got a hefty dose of what defines a playoff team, and the only one that really stepped up this post-season was Jaime Moyer. They played tight and this experience will surely do them better. Let’s see what Gillick is made of this off-season and let’s keep Uncle Chuck on board. Pretty good for not being competitive until 2008.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mdefl

    This was a good year for the Phils. I am no koolaide drinker. I am the first one to criticize when necessary. I can say that the Phils showed character unlike the team 90 miles to the north who despite being full of superstars still managed to pull a heimlich.

    Looking forward (Mets fans, that’s what we do), there is definitely a need for at least 1 starting pitcher, probably 2. They must have at least 1 more reliever as well. Jose Mesa simply can not be on the team next year. Also, the Phils need to acquire a 3rd baseman who can provide power numbers without being a disaster defensively. They gave up to much offense in the later part of the game. Seeing Nunez come to the plate in a tie game in the 8th or 9th made me feel ill. With Rowand leaving, the Phils would need to replace his power numbers. I don’t see Victorino (who I love) as a 25 home run guy. I’ll take his 50 steals and cannon for an arm.

    I just read the Inqy article about Eaton. I find it curious as to why I did not hear more about his “injury” during the season. They have no choice but to bring him back.

    On the positive side, no other team in baseball (including the Mets) can claim to have as many home grown studs as the Phils. Howard, Utley, Rollins, Hamels, Kendrick and Myers provides a solid nucleus. Add in some of the younger guys like Victorino, Bourne and Ruiz and the result should be a very competitive team for years to come. If they can add the necessary complimentary parts, then they will have a serious shot to make the series.

    Hopefully, our annonymous ownership group agrees to spend 15 or 20 million more so that the Phils can get over the hump. God knows, they are making enough money.

    Lastly, bring back Uncle Charlie. He will never be John McGraw in terms of the x’s and o’s but that is what Jimy Williams is supposed to bring to the plate. Charlie sets a good tone in the clubhouse.

     
  • Posts: 0 jackhart

    i can’t agree philly was the “team to beat” this year. that’s a pretty ridiculous statement actually, given how inconsistent this team was all year, plus the fact they had to rely on a mets collapse to even get into the playoffs. their 3 and out in the playoffs was further proof that you never know which phillies team is going to show up. that is certainly not the sign of a championship caliber team, either, much as phils fans would like to think so.

    no, both the phils, and the mets, were embarrassed this year at the end of their respective seasons. mental toughness – sorely lacking in the NL east. have to tip your hats to the rockies, now there is a team that is grinding it out…

     
  • Posts: 0 whtbullitt

    What matt above said: “EAT SHIT AND ENJOY THE LONG WINTER ASSHOLES!!!!

    ITS NOT SUCH A “HAPPY DAY” NOW IS IT???

    YOUR LINEUP IS A JOKE, YOU ONLY PUT UP ONE RUN IN COLORADO! UTLEY, ROWAND, HOWARD, ROLLINS, THEY’RE ALL ONE BIG JOKE!!!

    HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHA I ENJOYED THIS MORE THAN YOU WILL EVER KNOW!!!!
    BY THE WAY YOUR CITY IS A SHIT HOLE!!!!!!

    I HATE THE PHILLIES!!!!”

    I couldnt agree more, the phillies suck big donkey balls.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mdefl

    Such class from our New York friends. Such class.

     
 
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