It’s do or die tonight for the Phillies as they try to comeback from a 3-2 deficit against San Francisco. They’ve got Roy Oswalt taking the ball and trying to extend the series, so that Cole Hamels can lead the Phils to the World Series.
Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are being singled out as the guys who need to step up tonight. A blind man can see that the Phils need more production out of both of them.
Is it time to sit either of these guys down or shake up the lineup with a major move?
I wouldn’t panic like that, but it is time to step up and the bats have got to wake up. The Phils have been beneficiaries of gifts so far. I’m talking about errors. Still, if they can win another game by letting the Giants give it away then that’s fine.
I think it’s very obvious that these guys aren’t seeing the ball well and they’re not having good at bats. They seem to be totally overwhelmed by the pitchers they’re facing at times. You say to yourself, these can’t be the same Phillies that we’ve been watching for the last four years.
But Charlie Manuel has this team here right now, because he has refused to stop believing in these guys. He has stuck with them through thick and thin. He’s handed the ball to Brad Lidge when he struggled and he’s put Utley, Howard, Jimmy Rollins and the rest of them.
Manuel believes in these guys and will continue believing in them. He made here with them and he’s going to sink with them if they don’t come through.
The Phils don’t have their best game right now, especially concerning the bats in the lineup, but championship teams can win despite not having their best games.
Hopefully Oswalt will have his best stuff with him tonight.
What moves if any do you think Manuel should make tonight?