Friday, October 24, 2008

Rays “Shielded” from insurmountable 0-2 deficit

Tampa Bay got another pitching gem from James Shields when they needed it most shutting the Phillies out when he left the game and the Rays held on for a 4-2 win. Shields usually flourishes at home, where he was 9-2 with a 2.59 ERA during the season and continued his dominance in not allowing even that little. Coming to the aid of the Rays again was 23-year old David Price who came out of the pen to pitch well under World Series pressure once again. However when all is said and done the Phillies got what they came for, a split on the road and now go back home to try and hold serve and return to Tropicana Field with the commanding 3-1 lead needing only one win to secure the World Championship. One concern in the Philly clubhouse has to be the futility of Ryan Howard with runners in scoring position. Howard picked up his first two hits of the WS but is still does not have an RBI and is only hitting .222. If they hope to get back to the Trop even they will need more production from him and also Jason Werth hitting in the second spot. Do you like the Phills’ to sweep at home? Let us know here or in the MLB chat rooms.

Phillies play usual 8 innings and steal home field advantage

Runs were at a premium in game one of the World Series unlike the both Championship Series, where sending six across the plate was by no means a guarantee of victory. The Phillies only had half of that total but it was enough take home filed away from the Rays with a 3-2 win. In typical ‘Philly Fashion’ they held a one-run lead going into the ninth then handed the pill over to Lidge who slammed the door shut as he had done 41 times this year and improving Philly’s unbeaten mark when leading after 8 innings to an unbelievable 79-0. The Ray’s normally play the long-ball despite all of their speed in the line-up but they were only able to muster a solo jack in game 1. Now that the Phillies have rustled the home field away from the club with the best record in MLB this year, they just need to hold serve on the terrible green pavement in Philly to win their first title in 28 years, but we have counted the Rays out several times this year and won’t do it this time. Look for them to do what isn’t expected again and climb back in this series. Do you think the Rays still have a chance or is losing the Tropicana edge too much to overcome?

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