Commentary: And Now, Everyone Get Calm

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Wed, August 27, 2008 03:29 PM | Comments: 31

So last night was unforgettable, unbelievable, unfathomable. Sure. Last night was maybe the best game of the past — I don’t know — 15 years.

Leave it behind.

Already writers are talking about the playoffs, about 2007 all over again.

Forget it.

This is 2008. It’s a season with offensive lulls, with sometimes spotty starting pitching, with a lot more panic later in the marathon. This ain’t your 2007 Phillies.

Is this ain’t your 2007 Mets. As much as people want to throw out the “choke” word and the “collapse” word, this isn’t the same thing. The Mets have Jerry Manuel at the helm. They have a very strong offense, maybe better than last year. And yes, they might catch fire in the bullpen somehow. But most of all …

They have Johan Santana. And tonight the Mets trot Santana out there, and he’ll figure to mow down Phils hitters, just as he’s done all season. I imagine a run, maybe two from the Phils, if they’re lucky. It’ll be up to Kyle Kendrick, starting on pitch No. 46 tonight, to keep the Mets at bay.

A loss is very possible. A letdown is very possible. A Met blowout? Wouldn’t rule it out at all. I’m not saying don’t be excited, but don’t get crazy, that’s all. No reason to ride the far ends of the rollercoaster car. Enjoy it. It’s a long, long stretch to the finish, so breathe in, breathe out, settle down, get ready, and let’s do it all again.

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  • Posts: 0 doubleh

    I agree. We’ve got a bunch of tough games with the Cubs (and one with Tim Redding, or Cy Redding, as he is known to the Phils) coming up and have to take them one game at a time. Anything can happen from here until the end of the season.

  • Posts: 0 rollinsright!!

    well said!! : )

  • Posts: 0 Tom

    I here what your saying but damn dude did you turn into a mets realist over night…should I not even watch this game????

  • Posts: 1650 Tim Malcolm

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    Haha, nah, and I am excited. But I know from the past that you don’t want to be overly idealist, or else the come down is hard.

  • Posts: 0 Richie Allen

    Im ready for tonight….
    .I have been a philly fan for 40 years,Ive been through the 1980 series,playoffs,….the heartbreaking 1964 debacle as a small kid…the John kruk teams…But,
    I dont ever remember being as excited as I was last night,dont ask me how,but I knew they would win.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    I think Tim wrote it because if we lose tonight you’re going to see this whole site saying this team blows.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    I knew they were going to win too Richie Allen.

  • Posts: 0 Dannie

    It would appear the ReclinerGM shares you trepidation….

    from this post… http://www.reclinergm.com/wow-part-2/

    “I’m very happy with this win, but I’m holding back my enthusiasm. We absolutely needed this game, it was the most important game of the year. Had we lost, and then got shut down by Santana, you could see the season taking a dive as we travel for four at Wrigley while 2 1/2 back.”

  • Posts: 0 Chase Mutley

    Additionally, I refuse to let tonight’s game happen without seeing a video of Myers’ AB last night. ;)

    Seriously, I’m not on the playoff train yet but I will admit that last night’s game got me excited about this team again. They made themselves seem likable after many un-likable weeks.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    I think they started to get likable again during the Dodgers series.

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I like where Tim’s head is… (THATS WHAT SHE SAID!!!) but in all reality they could lose tonight, get swept in Chicago and eveeyone would again say they are the worst team in the world.. I think they are better than last year, and I fully expect this team to make a postseason run this year

  • Posts: 0 Mike

    This will be an interesting stretch. After tonights game the Phils play at Cubs and at Nats. Mets play at Florida and at Brewers before they meet again for a 3 game series. If the Phils can make it back from the road trip with 4 or 5 wins they will be in a very good position.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    They need to have 6. 2 against the Cubs, Nats, and Mets.

  • Posts: 0 Gabriel

    so uhh, was jimmy playin like shit on purpose to test phils phans against what he said on best damn? hahah
    there was a definite sense of ‘this team is comin back’ from the 5th on
    all around great game and very well worth stayin up for and being tired right now…
    my man pots & pans!!! carlos ruiz holdin it down at 3rd base!!!

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    What Jimmy said on that show was 100% correct.. the only problem was that he used the word “front-runners”… but he was completely correct about fans being great when they win, and fans being terrible when they lose.. If they didnt come back and win that game last night, there would have been 500+ posts on here today saying how bad they are.

    Like I said before.. just hang with this team.. they are legit

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Don M if they woulda lost that game 8-7 last night in the bottom of the 13th I’m pretty sure a majority of us would have applauded for their effort.

  • Posts: 0 Gabriel

    i wasn’t trying to bring up the jimmy saga again, simply looking for a laugh…
    i’m almost always high on this team but as a fan i feel i’m obligated to pick apart their mistakes… i cheer like hell when they do good dont i?

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    You’re right phil, i meant If they would have lost the game in the 7-0 range, people would have considered this season over.. they still have a lot of games left to play, so hopefully the crowds down at CBP stay as loud and positive as they were last night

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I wasn’t calling anyone out Gabriel… but in the past when I was supportive of this team, and the people that put this team together, I was labeled as “A GILLICK LOVER”… and “A METS FAN” … because I wasn’t critical enough of this team.??

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    I’ve apologized to you for saying mean things, Don M. haha

  • Posts: 0 Gabriel

    i know donnie, i read a lot of those and got what you sayin…
    i actually am a gillick fan, not a mets fan tho…
    i dont have as much confidence in Jr as i do gillick
    i am just REALLY sick of the j-roll saga

  • Posts: 0 Don M

    haha its cool, its just frustrating that the majority of posters on this site are exactly the Up-and-Down kinda fans that #11 was talking about. And I didn’t take any offense to what he said because we all know the kind of fans he’s talking about. But some people wanted him traded so badly that they took what he said and ran with it..

    Of course he isn’t going to go out every night and play like he has the past two games.. but overall, Jimmy Rollins is one of the best ShortStops in all of baseball, and we would miss the shit out of him is he wasn’t here, and Jason Donald was..

  • Posts: 0 Chase Mutley

    Don M, I typically agree with you but Jimmy’s actions, right or wrong in their accuracy were out of line. No matter what business you’re in, you never, ever, ever publicly call of your clients. If you do, don’t expect them to be like “Yea, you know what, you’re right, we *are* assholes.”

    Scott Eyre was on the pre-game show the other day and Wheels (or whomever) asked him what it was like playing in Chicago and how it compares to Philly. He said something to the effect of “It’s the same. They get on you when you do bad but they’re quick to forgive when you do well. It’s their job. You gotta love them. I wanted to boo myself when I was playing bad.”

    That’s how you answer a question like that. We don’t care how you really feel.

    Dead issue though. Lets get ‘em tonight boys!

  • Posts: 0 Real Mets Fan

    I have to agree with this. We all have to settle down because this is how its going to be all season. A flip flop from first to second place between the Mets and the Phils. Lets face reality their both just not that good. Good enough, but really not that good. I’ll give the edge to the phillies, only because of a superior bullpen. The Mets are better hitters, score more runs and have much better starting pitching. 15 Years ago that combination would have dominated the league, but today we have to add the BULLPEN into the equation. Great starting piching x runs scored divided by shitty bullpen equals 28 less wins to this date. I still think the Mets will edge the Phillies by 2 games. They will win by default, not because they are better. But ther is one thing all Mets fans and Phillie fans have to admit. In September there is nothing more entertaining, frustrating, sickening and exciting than a pennant race. I would say may the best team win, but in this case may the worst team loose

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Did anyone hear Andy Pettites reaction to how the Yankees fans were acting towards A-Rod?

  • Posts: 0 MARIO ALLEVA

    I do not believe these phillies can win their division. they have too many
    iffy guys like werth dobbs coste. these guys all hit on 1 day and then
    you do not hear from them for 5-6 or more days; one other thing
    when are you guys going to dump wheeler and mc marthy???????
    they are pathetic announcers. thank goodness for the remote MUTE

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Werth is pretty consistent. Dobbs is the best pinch hitter in baseball. I’ll give you Coste, although he has better production than either of your catchers.

  • Posts: 0 TJ

    This is the exact same point I made after we won the third game our the Dodgers series. Thanks for bringing it to the surface, Tim.

  • Posts: 0 Rick

    Well put Phil. You’re on point!

    Although I have to agree with one point, Wheels annoys me.

    Great game last night. I didn’t get to watch it of course, but I followed the score all night. Game’s on ESPN tonight up here in MA so I’ll definitely get to catch this one. Man they’re loving the Phils this week. Sun, Mon, & Wed ESPN broadcasts! Can’t beat that. Much better picture than mlb.com on my 50″ through the PC.

  • Posts: 0 Rick

    damn! i just double checked that and they aren’t on ESPN tonight. Sorry about that. d’oh!

    Looks like it’s pixelated MLB.com on the 50″ tonight!

  • Posts: 0 OZ

    are we really that sour on Coste? he fully admits he’s not an everyday catcher. but as a backup – he’ll finishe the year, roughly, at .286, 10 hr, 40 rbis.

    i don’t mind that from a backup catcher at all.

    it is an interesting time of year boys ‘n’ girls!!!

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