The Phillies Are Optimists
The Phillies have definitely been playing better lately. They are 3 games back in the race for the 2nd Wild Card spot with 17 games left to play. And so early this morning, the Phillies decided to send out Postseason ticket invoices to all of their season ticket holders in the hopes of making a run.
I wonder how many fans will actually bite? Will you or will you not shell out $400-$500 or more for 2-3 playoff tickets that the Phils may or may not play? If they do not play, the Phillies will kindly keep your money, without accruing interest of course, and apply it towards next year’s season ticket bill.
Today, I am asking myself that very question. Let us examine the recent evidence. On Thursday, the Phillies dropped a depressing game to the worst team in baseball. Many rookies were involved in the loss, making it slightly more understandable.
Then last night, the team put a whooping on the Astros and won by what was still too close a score for me, 12-6. Jimmy Rollins led off the game with his 20th home run of the season. He is now the Phillies season leader in homers, not typical for either a lead-off hitter or a shortstop. In fact, only 11 other shortstops in baseball history have had 20 home run seasons 4 times or more, like Rollins.
Hits from Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and John Mayberry Jr. turned that 1st inning into 4 huge runs to start the game before Cole Hamels even stepped onto the mound. Hamels was not super-sharp, but 3 earned runs over 7 innings was sufficient.
Mayberry continued to pound out hits and went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI. Howard also had 3 RBI on 2 hits. Another big blow came from Domonic Brown with a 2-run mega-long homer in the 7th. He hit the ball so hard the Astros pitcher actually fell to his knees in a semi-Wayne’s World gesture of, “We’re not worthy!” Ok, maybe not…he was probably just depressed.
Still, with all that offense, the Phillies committed 3 errors in the game which allowed 3 unearned runs to the Astros….again, the worst team in baseball. That kind of sloppy play is what might keep them from making the postseason.
So will you be digging deep into your pockets for potential postseason tickets? We have, according to my invoice, until 9/21/12 to decide. That is 5 more games; 2 with the Astros and 3 with the Mets. Decisions, decisions…
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