Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Phillies hanging on by their teeth

Game 6, coming up.

The Philadelphia Phillies, facing elimination last night, hung on to win and force a Game 6 back at Yankee Stadium. I don't have a rooting interest in the Series other than the fact that back in July I predicted a Phillies dynasty. It would be fun to see this series go to seven games, especially since for the first time in a long time I believe the two best teams in baseball are actually facing each other in the World Series.

If it does go to Game Seven, the Yankees will have their ace, CC Sabathia, back on the mound. You gotta wonder if Charlie Manuel is regretting not pitching Cliff Lee on three days' rest so he could pitch three Series games. Instead, it looks like he'll send Pedro Martinez to the mound tomorrow night, and probably J.A. Happ if there's a Game Seven.

Can Pedro conjure up the same magic he did for five innings in Game 2? Against postseason hero Andy Pettitte, no less?

I can't wait to find out.

--Matt Kelsey

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