8:00 PM ET from Citizens Bank Park
Outcome: With the World Series coming back to Philly for the first time in almost 15 years the Phils look to feed off the energy of a raucous Citizens Bank Park. Jamie Moyer takes the hill for the Phils tonight as the Game 3 starter. Moyer has had some rough outings in this postseason but look for him to rebound tonight, and heres why. He has never pitched three terrible games in a row, hes a savvy vet, was unfortunate in Milwaukee and LA with some fielding blunders as well as a few minor mistakes.
Matt Garza will get the nod for the Rays; Garza was named ALCS MVP and has been pitching very well of late. One can only hope that the left handed bats of the Phils hit Garza early and often.
I look for our skippers true genius to finally shine through. With the series now back in the NL park, Charlie will get to work his magic with pinch hitters, relief pitching and double switches. I used to question his tactics a few years back, but he has proven time and time again to have mastered his moves and matchups. Look for Charlie Manuel to put this team on his back and coach them to a great victory in this great city of brotherly love.
Final: TB 5 PHI 6
COACH of the Game: Charlie Manuel – 4 pitching changes, 3 pinch hitters, 1 double switch
Outcome: The World Series moves to the 215 as the Phils and Rays Game 3 is tonight in the Illadelph. Phils fans are a little on edge after watching the Phils struggle to drive in runners in scoring position compounded with ageless Jamie Moyer getting the start tonight after struggling in this post season.
The Phillies bats will need to come alive tonight to help support Moyer early. The Phils have to hope to get this game to the bullpens early knocking Matt Garza out as early as possible and give Moyer as much room for error as they can.
Final: TB 3 PHI 6
Player of the Game: Pat Burrell – 2 for 4, HR, 2 RBIs