The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

After the Giants beat the Braves last night, the Phillies now know who their opponent will be in the NLCS, which doesn’t start until Saturday. Granted, the Phillies made quick work of the Reds, sweeping them in three games; the Giants needed four games to dispatch the Braves. Even if both series had gone a full five games, the divisional series would have ended on Wednesday. Why do we possibly need two full days off between series???

Initially, I thought I wanted the Braves to advance, because I felt the Phillies had a better chance against their pitching. On the other hand, those two teams had already met 18 times during the regular season (with the Phils winning 10), so there was a certain amount of familiarity. The Giants and Phillies have only played each other 6 times, which I’m sure has it’s own set of pros and cons.

At least now I won’t have to hear that annoying (and some would say politically incorrect) Braves chant during the games, and as far as I know, the Giants don’t have any sort of mass chanting from their fans.

Flip side is, I’ll have to watch Tim Lincecum and his girlie hair.

Random NLDS Musings

Since my last post, following Roy Halladay’s no-no, the Phils took the next two from the Reds, though in rather opposite ways. In Game 2, the other Roy wasn’t quite so sharp, and in fact, Oswalt later admitted that he had felt a bit rusty. The Reds took advantage and jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 4 1/2 innings. But then the Phillies started to chip away at the lead, and the Reds let the game slip through their fingers. Literally. The Reds committed four errors in this game, and their pitchers hit three batters (more on that in a bit). Bottom line, Phillies won 7-4, though only two of the runs were earned.

Game 3 was a much more polished affair, as Cole Hamels went the distance for a complete-game shutout as the Phils won, 2-0. For the Phillies Phaithful, it was only fitting that the final out was a Scott Rolen strikeout.

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Which leads me to Rolen, or as one local sports talk-radio guy calls him, “Lemon Face”. [the following photo is actually not from the NLDS, but earlier in the season]

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(photo by Ed Wulfstein/Icon SMI)

Lemon Face had an atrocious series, going 1 for 11 with eight strikeouts! He also committed two errors! Hee hee! You may recall Rolen’s demands to be traded near the end of his tenure with the Phils, saying that the Phillies management and ownership weren’t committed to winning. Looks like the Phils have been doing pretty good lately, doesn’t it, Scott?

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Chase Utley, for his starring role last Friday in “Chase’s Excellent Adventure Around the Bases”. First, Utley was (maybe) hit on the hand by Aroldis Chapman; next, he (maybe) was safe on a close play at second; and finally, he (maybe) touched the base while rounding third. He was definitely safe at home.

I had to laugh at this Utley quote regarding the hit-by-pitch: “I felt like I thought it hit me, so I put my head down and I ran to first.”  O-kaaay, Chase, whatever you say. ;-)

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John Mayberry, Jr. may have been surprised to learn that he was also hit by a pitch in that game, because he is not on the postseason roster!

mayberry hit by pitch.jpgI’ve often wondered if the sportswriters actually watch the games. It would seem the answer is no, because if they did they would know that it was Ben Francisco who was nearly decapitated when the ball went off the brim of his helmet.

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Listening to the TBS announcing duo of Brian Anderson and Joe Simpson was enough to make me catatonic, given that they collectively seem to have as much personality as my pinky toe. And they clearly need some lessons in enunciation - one of them (I’m not sure which, they’re both equally dull) kept saying “Utley” in a way that made it sound like “Ugly”.

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The funniest moment of the series had to be in Game 3, when Rich Dubee was being interviewed during the game about the renaissance of Cole Hamels. With Dubee unaware of what was going on behind him, Roy Oswalt was ducking from the dugout into the clubhouse. He apparently couldn’t resist the temptation to grin at the camera on his way past:

oswalt dubee.jpgHubby, son and I were in hysterics. This team is definitely loose and having fun!

Let’s go, Phillies!

6 Comments

I didn’t see all your games, but it seemed as if Scott Rolen was screwing up whenever I turned on the TV! What a horrible series for him. I love your description of the Utley saga. Jeter got mocked when he went to first base after “getting hit by a pitch,” so I guess it was Utley’s turn to do some acting. That’s baseball.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Beautiful pictures Sue! and you always seem to find those tidbits to entertain us! Did I ever mention that I work with an uncle of Scott Rolen. We always talk baseball when I run into him. Yep! that Oscar has to go to Utley, a native of the greater Los Angeles area.
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Got to root for the Phillies since they are playing the hated Jints.
Emma
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Jane – Horrible is an understatement. Well, I guess it COULD have been worse – he did at least get one hit.
Emma – Thanks for your support! I hope the Phils can do their part and beat the Giants for you. I wonder what Rolen’s uncle will have to say about his NLDS performance – have you crossed paths recently?

The waiting I think is set up that way so if it went 5 games then the winning team would still have chance to get their number 1 pitcher ready for the start of the next series. I think we have the same type of gap from the NLCS to the WS…

Glad TBS is history for the NL teams, however is Fox really any better…

Rolen is a has been, and if he’s playing next year the team bettr have an everday back up, or maybe they could get Chipper Jones too and have them platoon at 3rd…LOL

Great stuff as always Sue, this weekend cant come soon enough..

-peter

Phillies Outside

Ha, ha….my husband took the same photo of the TV…I think his has Roy just slightly more to the right. Have not pulled it off the camera yet…funny stuff.

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

I saw Roy do that briefly while it was airing and I busted out… seein’ this pic here is even better though. And I think “Lemon Face” is fitting for Rolen. I don’t know why he has such a hard time getting along with people wherever he goes. Had similar problems in St. Louis with TLR.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

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