Carlos Ruiz was pulled from Friday’s game with a sprained left wrist.Paul Bako stepped in behind the plate. Ruiz was 0-for-1 with a walk before exiting and is likely to need a few days off.
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Before manager Charlie Manuel has even written out his line-up he has disclosed to us he will be penciling in back up catcher Chris Coste as the “mystery” designated hitter for Game 1 of tonight’s World Series.
The risk with Coste has been, if Carlos Ruiz has to leave the game tonight with an injury, Coste would be forced into catchers duty and the Phillies would lose the DH spot in the lineup, and the pitcher would have to bat for themselves.
I truly do not see that being a huge issue. Yes, losing the DH would be a disadvantage, but should not decide the game. Plus, with the Phillies being the National League they have played all season without a DH. I trust Manuel would be able to match up with pinch hitters and double switches in the late innings. This is all a moot point, remind you, if Carlos does not have to leave the game with a injury, which is a very slim risk in my opinion.
A classic game last night moves the Phillies within one win of the World Series. After an amazing night, a game that saw lead changes, countless opportunities for both teams to blow the game open in the early innings, some more long balls, and ho hum another Brad Lidge save, the Phillies pulled out a 7-5 win in Los Angeles to take a 3-1 series lead. Cole Hamels is scheduled to take the mound in Game 5 on Wednesday.
After jumping out to an quick 2-0 lead following Chase Utley and Ryan Howard RBIs, the Dodgers took a 5-3 lead in the 5th inning as Manny Ramirez continued to make it look easy. But then the Phils bats stole the show. In seemingly an instant, playoff MVP Shane Victorino, booed continually from the moment he took batting practice, lined a laser into the Phillies bullpen tying the game at 5, giving the Phillies new life, all while setting the Phillies record for RBIs in a league Championship Series.
After a Carlos Ruiz hit (a two out single), 40 year-old Matt Stairs hit a straight bomb to right field. The Phillies dugout exploded with the 7-5 lead. Brad Lidge came out of the bullpen with 2 outs in the 8th and recorded the final 4 outs, 46 of 46 for the season and playoffs, and the Phillies are one more win away from the Series.
Steve – 91-71, 1st place NL East
Brian – 96-66, 1st place NL East, this is our YEAR
Chris – 89-73, 2nd place NL East, 2 GB NY Mets, no playoffs
Steve – 19-4 2.97 ERA, 219 Strikeouts
Brian – 19-8 2.75 ERA, 207 K’s
Chris – 21-5 3.33 ERA, 234 K’s will lead the National League in Strikes and W’s, will have 12 wins at the all-star break and will be NL Starter, will be the only Phils starter come September that is able to pitch more then 5 innings per start.
Steve – 17-6 3.43 ERA 203 Strikeouts
Brian – 18-7 3.23 ERA 186 K’s
Chris – 5-3 2.18 ERA 43 Saves 115 K’s. Myers will start the regular season 4-0 with a 1.15 ERA and on a cold blistery night in Denver in late April, Myers will pop his groin and be forced to goto the 60 day DL.
Some Bold Predictions
Pat Burrell sets career highs in HR and RBI. Burrell finally is putting in the work to turnaround his career. He got a taste of winning and worked hard all off-season to improve his game. Throw in the contract year and the fact that the Phils lineup should provide ample opportunity and Burrell continues where he left off the second half of last season.
Chase Utley wins the National League MVP. Not too bold since he was on pace last year to win it before he got hurt, but having 3 straight Phillies win MVP’s would be insane. I think he will hit around .340 and lead the National League in Batting Avg. (How could ownership not go out and add a front line starter next off season with 3/4 of the infield yielding the last 3 MVP’s. C.C. Sabathia anyone? I had to make that last part very bold since the beginning was weak)
The Phillies lead the league in scoring. They score over 900 runs and have Howard lead the NL in HR, Rollins in scoring, and Utley in Avg.
They have 4 players hit more then 30 HRs (Utley, Feliz, Howard, Burrell). They have two players over 40 Stolen Bases (Victorino and Rollins).
The Phillies are AT LEAST 4 games over .500 by the end of April.
Charlie Manuel successfully completes over 35 double switches.
Johan throws at J Roll’s face. J Roll ducks out of the way just in time but takes the ball off the back of the helmet. He rises and points his bat at Johan and utters, ” You filthy piece of NY Shit.” Johan retaliates by signalling with his arms in Jimmy’s direction, “Bring it on.” This in turn sparks a bench clearing brawl at Citizens Bank Park, which spills over into the stands and Phils fans start a serious melee on all Mets fans in attendance. It will go down as the biggest fight in US sports history as every Met fan there (besides women and children) are brutally beaten. 204 victims, 3 dead.
With Myers on the DL for 2 months, during that time the Phillies will go from starting the season 15-5 in their first 20 games into a complete tail spin through May and June. The injury to Myers will be just the beginning of the crumbling of the pitching staff. Kyle Kendrick has a stint on the DL, the replacement team of Kris Benson, and the Durbins Chad and JD, will not work. Tom Gordon’s arm will finally fall off, and one Brad Lidge will have to under go season ending knee surgery in the beginning of May.
- Leading to bold prediction number 2. Brett Myers will come off the DL and back to the Pen. Once again out of necessity, Bretty Myers will have 50+ appearances out of the bullpen ass the closer converting 43 of them into saves to lead the NL in that category as the Phils will go on a torrid 2nd half tear only to fall 2 games short of the Mets as Myers will blow the save on the second to last day of the season to the lowly Nationals.
- Geoff Jenkins will have more HR’s then Pat Burrell.
- Jayson Werth will have more HR’s then Pat Burrell.
Shane Victorino will have more HR’s then Pat Burrell.
Jimmy Rollins will lead the NL in doubles, triples, SB’s, and Runs scored, and will come in 2nd in the NL MVP voting to Alfonso Soriano of the NL Central winning Cubs.
Carlos Ruiz will NOT get any better at speaking English.
Adam Eaton will go 15-11 pitch 180 innings and will have a respectable 3.99 ERA.