‘DO or DIE’ time has arrived for the Phillies,
they now must win the next 3 games to clinch the National League title for the
3rd straight year. It’s going to be like pushing a bolder up hill, a task which
may appear insurmountable has to wake up the fire inside the players and bring
back that swagger and attitude of ‘we will win’.
Last night, saw a small awakening of the Phillies offence, but
the Phillies need to have shut down pitching to go with the offence and last
night the rusty pitching staff struggled to keep the Giants off base and silence
the home crowd. Once again they will look to the Doc to deliver the game of his
life and hope the offence can deliver the much needed run support, with the
Giants Ace, Lincecum going as well it’s going to be another tight game.
It’s not all the players fault, I know their the ones out there,
but the manager and coaches play a role in this too. Sometimes it’s confusing as
to why the manager does the things he does….
….okay, nobody really knows why he does these stupid things
with his gum, but there has to be more to his choices than the flip of a coin.
Now Charlie has been good for the Phillies, no arguments there, but sometimes of
late some decisions are confusing me. Last night may not have been a ‘Do or Die’
for the Phillies, but they should have acted like it was, and to send Joe
Blanton to the mound was not the answer. Blanton did well no question, but if he
had used Halladay on short rest, there would have been a better chance to hold
off the Giants offence and allow the Phillies to get the win. I guess I don’t
get not using Halladay to start, yet putting Oswalt out there in the 9th.
The atmosphere and the confidence of the Giants staff going into
to game 5 would be much different in a series tie than a win away from the
National League title, they know they have the Phillies on the ropes and being
at home allows them to play clean or dirty to get that win.
The umpires have to also step up and give us a good game, last
night they were the biggest factor, making bad calls against each team, from the
strike zone of Wally Bell, who we all know dislikes the Phillies, to the grossly
inaccurate calls by the 1st and 2nd base umpires.
The bottom line, these guys….
….have to go out and play above and beyond all expectations
for 3 games, tonight has to be a win to get the series back to Philadelphia,
where at least the hopes of Phillie fans will be a little better.