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The phrase, “Expectations Have Never Been Higher” is starting to become cliché around these parts.
The season that culminated in the Philadelphia Phillies World Series Championship in 2008 was magical. Cole Hamels was rock steady. Brad Lidge pitched the closer role with the precision of a diamond cutter. The offensive explosion was thunderous. Millions of fans showed up at the parade in Philadelphia to celebrate a brutally long championship drought.
2009 saw the Philadelphia Phillies first flirtation with Roy Halladay, only to scoop up Cliff Lee at the deadline instead. From there, the Phillies sailed into their second World Series in as many years. Though Brad Lidge plummeted back to earth with a resounding thud that year, along with most of the rest of the bullpen, those expectations were a second-in-a-row World Series Championship. It was not to be as the New York Yankees played strong, the Phillies suffered a power-outage (except for Chase Utley), and it didn’t happen the way the Phillies’ fans nor the organization expected. Adding insult to injury, Cliff Lee was allowed to depart Philadelphia after that season over the agonizing screams of fans everywhere.
2011 Philadelphia Phillies Predictions after the jump >>
With a heap of thanks going to Chase Utley, Cole Hamels and Brad Lidge, the Phillies won Game 1 of the World Series last night, 3-2. Hamels was masterful, pitching seven strong innings and limiting the Rays to only five hits, striking out five in the process.
He might have gotten away with a balk as well, but alas, no call was made.
Utley started things off with a two-run homer in the first, giving the Phils the early advantage. Because of Hamels’ pitching, they only needed to add one more run to secure the win, which they did at the top of the fourth. One area of concern could be the lack of additional scoring by the Phils, who had 11 left on base, whereas the Rays only had three. Considering the fact the Phils won, I’m not sure how much will be made about their scoring woes; although, if they continue to leave men stranded, it will surely come back to haunt them.
Game 2 is tonight with James Shields going for the Rays and Brett Myers going for the Phillies.
Advantage Tampa Bay.
In bonus news, America is now owed a free taco from Taco Bell, courtesy of Jason Bartlett. The free tacos will be available on October 28th, between the hours of 2pm and 6pm local time.