What an incredible couple of days in the world of Phillies baseball.
Today’s an off day for the Phillies–they’ll continue their series with
the Dodgers tomorrow in Los Angeles. Presently the Phillies are up 2-0
in the series, with some pretty incredible stuff happening in the first
Game 1: Cole Hamels pitched
well, despite giving Manny a nice little wild pitch to hit early on in
the game. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Pat Burrell did quite well
offensively. (Nice to see Utley back on his game!) Despite the fact
that the Dodgers were the first team to put a run on the board, they
managed to fall to the Phillies 3-2. Hey, I’m not complainin’. If you
want more details on what happened during this game, click here. (Also: my inner word nerd loves the term “Utlage,” coined around the 10:07 mark.)
Game 2: Brett Myers vs. Chad Billingsley. The latter is not cute, not cute at all,
since for the length of this series I’ve issued a moratorium on Dodgers
being cute. He’s a troll. A troll who got removed in the third inning
’cause the Phillies turned it into a slugfest. And at the heart of that
slugfest? Brett freakin’ Meyers. Last week he terrorized CC Sabathia
with his at-plate performance. This
time around, he caused even more damage by batting 1.000, having 3 base
hits in his first 3 at-bats, becoming only the eighth pitcher in
baseball history to have a 3-hit game during the postseason.
Well done, Myers! The coolest Hawaiian in baseball, Shane Victorino,
also had a hell of a night at the plate (singling, tripling, driving in
runs…oh my!), plus he made an amazing play on a Casey Blake-hit ball that would have allowed the Dodgers to rack up some extra runs had Victorino not caught it.
(Also: Condolences to Victorino on the passing of his grandmother, and
to Charlie Manuel on the passing of his mother. And happy, happy
birthday to Pat the Bat!) Props to the Phillies bullpen for working
their magic and to Greg Dobbs for hitting a totally hot .667 average
yesterday. The Phillies won game 2 of the NLCS 8-5 and have now become the 19th team in history to win the first 2 games of the NLCS,
which is fabulous news because, of the teams that have started this
series with a 2-0 lead, 16 of those 18 teams have ended up winning the
series. Let’s hope that the Phillies can become #17… They’ve got an
off day today, but the baseball goodness starts back up again tomorrow
at Dodger Stadium at 8:22 PM.
In other playoff team-related chatter, look at what those American League female fans are doing for their teams!
(That being said, if my favorite AL team, the super-smokin’-hot Twins,
were in the postseason, I just might be doing something crazy like
this, too.) In the ALCS, the BoSox lead the series 1-0, with the next
game in the series happening today.
things first. Cole freakin’ Hamels. The BILFiest BILF pitcher of them
all. He is a pitching GOD. He pitched 8 scoreless innings in the
Phillies’ first playoff game against the Brewers. My parents were at
the game–I’m sooooo jealous.
(Last time I saw Hamels pitch, it was when he imploded against the Mets
during that day/night doubleheader in early September at Shea Stadium.
I don’t think I’ve ever been to a game where Hamels has won. Luckily,
I’ve seen plenty of his wins on TV, though!) Anyway. Hamels pitched awesomely in the first game of the Phils/Brewers series.
Then Brad Lidge scared the crap out of everybody in the ninth inning,
but hey, the Phils won 3-1, so that’s all that really matters, right?
Then today, Brett Myers pitched a fantastic game against the Brewers (and even caused some chaos at bat, making Sabathia throw him lots of pitches!).
Here I’d thought we were doomed, because Myers’ last few starts weren’t
so hot, plus the Phillies were facing the mighty Sabathia. But the
Phillies managed to chase Sabathia out of the game by the fourth
inning, at which point the Phillies were leading 5-1. Shane Victorino
hit a lovely little grand slam in the second inning. Beautiful! I’m
deeming Victorino and Myers honorary BILFs today. They’re not the
cutest Phillies, but they are playoff superstars! The Phillies ended up winning the game, 5-2. Love it! (Want more details on how everything played out? Go here for fun, snarky commentary.)
Phillies have me a little worried, since a) in each playoff game so
far, they’ve scored all their runs in ONE inning, and b) they stranded
at least 10 guys on base tonight. But the next time they play is
Saturday, at Miller Park, and Jamie Moyer’s pitching, so…let’s hope
something good happens for the Phillies there, you know what I’m
sayin’? I won’t say any more about this–I don’t wanna jinx ’em. (We
Philly sports fans are superstitious like that.)
Another note about the Phils/Brewers series: WTF happened to JJ Hardy? The scruff’s gotta go, dude. It’s just gotta go.
On an anti-Mets note: I freakin’ love this.
I laughed my cute little butt off when I read it. Then I read it again
so I could laugh some more. (I’m sad that the Yankees aren’t in the
postseason this year, but I’m ecstatic that the Mets aren’t there.
On a totally superficial note, I’m really pissed that the Twins lost Monday night’s tiebreaker game against the ChiSox. I sooooo wanted
to see Joe Mauer, Joe Nathan, and Justin Morneau play some playoff
games. I wouldn’t have cared that much if they won, though. I just
wanted to look at ’em. (Do they make midwestern boys cuter than east
coast boys? These Twins are hot.
Are they all like that out there? Do I need to move to some state in
the middle of the country? Would the eye candy be worth it?) However: I
did note that the White Sox have a catcher who appears to be somewhat
cute. He has pretty blonde hair–I don’t know if he’s a decent catcher
or not, but I dig his hair. It’s this dude AJ Pierzynski (why is it
that EVERY guy named AJ is smokin’ hot? What IS it about that name?),
whose last name I’ve just learned how to spell, which satisfied my inner spelling bee queen.
In other news: The Dodgers are kicking the crap out of the Cubs. Does anyone in LA actually give a damn? Or even know anyone who gives a damn?
And finally: In my first year of doing fantasy baseball, my BILFs and I came in second place! Woo-hoo! Here’s the proof: