Here are a few things I read during the past couple days in the wake of the Phillies second straight NL championship. We are all sitting here watching the Angels refuse to go away as the series heads back to New York for game six with the Yankees up 3-2.
Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino were both hit by pitches during Wednesday’s 10-4 win over the Dodgers. Rollins took a pitch off his left foot and hobbled to first. He was visibly frustrated after the pitch and was also noticeably hurt during the remainder of the game. Victorino was hit in the left elbow. Both had X-rays done and both came back negative.
A very interesting scenario is starting to play out for the Phillies as they wait to see how the rest of the Yankees/Angels series plays out. Regardless of the opponent, the Phillies will be on the road for the first two, at home for the next three, and will close the series on the road.
Cliff Lee is the starter for game one but after him, it isn’t clear who will pitch games two through four. The Phillies are thinking about Cole Hamels for game two and I actually disagree. Hamels is a better hitter than Pedro Martinez and I would rather see him at the plate for at least two at-bats.
I also feel that putting Hamels versus the Yankees third starter is a better match up even though it could very well be C.C. Sabathia. Andy Pettite will start game six tomorrow for the Yankees and Sabathia likely in game seven. This is all assuming the Yankees do win the series.
My rotation looks like this: Lee, Martinez, Hamels, Blanton
Sure beating the Yankees would be sweeter but if they face the Angels, the task will still be difficult. Regardless of who they play, the Phillies know what needs to be done and that is win.
David Montgomery had this to say:
“We’re happy to represent the National League and I’m sure we’ll be facing the best of the American League,” Phillies president David Montgomery said. “In the case of the Angels, they’re the only team other than us who has won their division three [years] in a row. And the Yankees have the best record in baseball. Now it’s set up, whichever team we play, we absolutely can feel that we’ll be facing the best of the American League.”