28 September 2007 by Published in: General musings 14 comments

After a season of incredible inconsistency marked by long winning streaks and long losing streaks and one of the most horrifically bad pitching staffs in the history of Major League Baseball, my beloved Philadelphia Phillies have pulled into a dead heat with the New York Mets after the Mets have pulled off one of the most monumental collapses in the history of the game. After a huge win that eliminated Atlanta from the playoff hunt, the Phillies are now tied for first place in the National League East.

The Mets had a seven game lead with 17 to play, and they’ve blown that lead entirely, thanks, in no small part, to eight straight losses to the Phightin’ Phils.

The Phillies, on the other hand, feature a tremendous offense (the have two players–Ryan Howard and Chase Utley) with more than 100 RBI’s and three knocking on the door with more than 90 each (Jimmy Rollins, Pat Burrell, and Aaron Rowand). Three players (Howard, Rollins, and Burrell) have more than 30 home runs. Jimmy Rollins, the shortstop, has over 200 hits, 30 home runs, 36 stolen bases, 19 triples, and more than 90 RBI’s as a lead-off hitter. Rollins will set a major league for most at-bats in a season later on tonight. Burrell has been magnificent the second half of the season after a start so bad that I was advocating that he be cut, sicne nobody wanted him a trade. Burrell’s been one of the most productive hitters in the National League for the second half of the season.

Their pitching, on the other hand, leaves a vast amount to be desired. Other than all-star Cole Hamels and mid-season call-up Kyle Kendrick (10-3), they have one of the most incendiary, inconsistent, and atrocious pitching staffs I’ve ever seen. That they’ve hung in there this long is really a tribute to the offense and to Charlie Manuel, the manager.

Anyway, the Phils, through great clutch hitting and decent pitching, have taken advantage of the monumental collapse of the Mets, and have drawn into a dead heat with them. Both teams are 87-72 with three games each left to play. The Phils are riding a hot streak, while the Mets have been floundering badly. They close the regular season with the pesky Washington Nationals, while the Mets close with the Florida Marlins, who’ve done a great job of being a season killer against the Phillies for a number of years now.

From the very beginning of the season, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has predicted that 90 wins would take the division. Looks like he was dead on the money.

The Phillies have not been to the post-season since their magical ride to the World Series in 1993. It’s time. Hell, it’s long over due. Citzen’s Bank Park is going to be ROCKING this weekend. I wish I could be there.

It’s nail biting time for this life-long Phillies fan. Wish us luck. And wish the Marlins luck, too.

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Comments

  1. Fri 28th Sep 2007 at 3:31 pm

    Eric:

    Now that my Dodgers are officially deader than Juan Pierre’s throwing arm or Jeff Kent’s alleged leadership, I’m rooting for your Phils to make the playoffs and eventually play Cleveland in the series. Although I could live with the Cubs.

    Ken Noe

  2. Fri 28th Sep 2007 at 8:20 pm

    Enjoyed watching our Nats take 5 of the last 6 from the Mets, too. Don’t like those guys … happy to see the Phillies still alive.

  3. Fri 28th Sep 2007 at 11:59 pm

    Congrats Sir. Well done Phils – well done.

  4. Stan O'Donnell
    Sat 29th Sep 2007 at 8:01 am

    E-Man,

    We’ve got the bandwagon loaded and are heading west to GB today. We’re going to hold a pre game Gene Mauch ghost tour/seance at the Seminary this afternoon.

    The Mine, O’Rourke’s, the Gingerbread Man and every bar within walking distance of the Square are going to get a wicked taste of Phillies Phever this weekend.

    However,
    I suspect that come Monday morning, I’ll be back in the real world at a Philadelphia Sports Fan re-hab meeting. One game out with none left to play and the wildcard nothing but a dream turned nightmare.

    Try and control your emotions and maintain an even keel. Mediacate yourself in necessary. I’m going to get drunk so it’s not as painful this time.

    Finger crossed,

    Stan

  5. Stan O'Donnell
    Sat 29th Sep 2007 at 8:05 am

    My spelling in that final paragraph was nothing but an indication of my nervousness and need of an elixir to calm my nerves.

    This sucks. It’s torture.

    Stan

  6. Scott Mingus
    Sat 29th Sep 2007 at 9:25 am

    I was in Camden Yards last night watching the Yankees self-destruct against the Birds – spectacular meltdown by Mariano Rivera (I hope he duplicates that feat against my beloved Indians next week!). It was fun to watch the reaction of all the Yankees fans as the Orioles’ scoreboard kept flashing updates on the Mets and Phillies scores. It appears that Yankee fans must hate the Mets! The place went wild (there were perhaps 10,000 Yankee fans at Camden Yards for last night’s game and fireworks display) when the Mets fell behind early. Not being from the NY area, I had not realized how much hatred there was between their fans. Chicago fans seem tolerate the opposite club, but New Yorkers are passionate about only one team, it seems.

    Didn’t make a single Phillies game this year – I did make it to Washington and Baltimore games, and some minor league games.

  7. Bill Shepherd
    Sat 29th Sep 2007 at 9:57 am

    This Cubs fan can rest easy for a day or two and wish the Phillies and their fans the best of luck, until and unless we meet in the first round of the playoffs. And take some time away from the sports coverage to finish reading a good book about Jeb Stuart at Gettysburg.

  8. Karl Fauser
    Sat 29th Sep 2007 at 10:12 am

    I couldn’t agree more Eric!

    The frustration of being a Philadelphia sports fan is unparalelled in sports history.
    So, it’s safe to say that this is an incredible turn of events to be on the verge of winning the east division.
    Didn’t the Mets do this once before??

    Go Phillies……and Eagles!

    Karl

  9. Scott Mingus
    Sat 29th Sep 2007 at 1:32 pm

    Karl,

    You Philadelphia sports fans are so lucky!!! You have a legacy of sports success that we Cleveland fans would gladly trade places. Browns = no Super Bowls, last NFL championship in 1964. Indians = last World Series win 1948. Cavaliers = Never won anything before last season when they won the conference for the first time. The reward? A sweep by San Antonio. The Barons and Crusaders? Could not win and major league hockey moved from Cleveland. College sports? Cleveland States is terrible at basketball and there is no major college football in the area.

    Of course, Philly doesn’t have much to brag about, but at least you kept your hockey team.

    Next week – GO INDIANS! Nothing would be finer than to knock out the Yankees.

  10. Brooks Simpson
    Sat 29th Sep 2007 at 7:08 pm

    Hope you enjoy this Sunday. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Steve Basic
    Sat 29th Sep 2007 at 8:40 pm

    Scott,

    Being a Yankees fan, and a Mets hater, I have enjoyed watching the self destruct mode the past 2 weeks. You have to understand that the so called Mets fans in this part of the world proclaimed themselves World Champs back in June, and had a lot of fun on local sports radio blasting the Yanks for their poor start.

    Last I checked, the Yankees are in the playoffs, and the Mets have failed to clinch a spot in the post season.

    Don’t get me started on the feud between Rangers and Islanders fans here. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope all is well.

    Steve

  12. Stan O'Donnell
    Sat 29th Sep 2007 at 11:58 pm

    Adam Beaton Eaton.

    Figures.

  13. Karl Fauser
    Sun 30th Sep 2007 at 9:36 am

    Arrrrrrggggghhhhhhh!!!

    I have to say this.
    Yesterday’s game was THE game they had to win.
    This is the problem with these guys.
    I imagine today they will come out and play the way they should have yesterday and win…….only to be tied again and needful of one final game.
    Should they lose today…………..oh nevermind.

    Oh the humanity!

  14. Karl Fauser
    Sun 30th Sep 2007 at 4:02 pm

    Bottom of the 7th

    COULD IT BE???

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