Monday, November 2, 2009

Phillies know the end is near

Cole Hamels gave a good indication of where his mind is right now when he said he can't wait for the season to end. Yes, it was open frustration by a young pitcher, but the feeling is probably spreading in the Phillies clubhouse after last night's crushing loss. After battling back to tie the game in the 8th inning, closer Brad Lidge came in and promptly gave up the game. If the Phillies do lose the World Series, many will point to Lidge's struggles and the resulting confidence drain as a key reason for their failure to repeat.

Jimmy Rollins is looking pretty foolish for his prediction that the Phillies would take the series in five games. He revised it to say Phillies in six games after Saturday's victory--wonder if he's going to change it to Phillies in seven or just shut up now?

Mariano Rivera is set to make Rollins eat his words. He's been the rock of the Yankees pitching staff this year (and for the last 14 years), and the only dependable reliever this postseason. “I could care less what he said,” Rivera said when asked about Rollins' prediction last week. “That’s not what is going to happen.” And he's right. One more win to go!

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