Behind the 8-Ball

October 4, 2007

Today’s Lineup
Rollins, ss; Utley, 2b; Burrell, lf; Howard, 1b; Rowand, cf; Werth, rf; Ruiz, c; Helms, 3b; Kendrick, p.

Yes, we’re behind the 8-ball.  But, that’s nothing new.  It has been that way since our 4-11 start.

After the game, there was no gloom and doom in the clubhouse.  Players were great in facing the media mass. 

Coste to Coast
(Phillies fans coast-to-coast will be able to get an inside look from Chris Coste here during the postseason)
Well, after a disappointing loss in Game 1 we will look to save the series and come up with a big win in Game 2 and tie the series at 1-1.  If you think about it, if the series was ever going to get to 1-1, it is more beneficial to come up with a win in the second game to steal back some momentum.  Also, all year long we have played well when our backs were against the wall, and down 0-1 in the series, our backs are against the wall.  GO PHILS!!

What’s His Schedule?
Charlie Manuel arrived around 9 this morning, looked through his stack of stats against Colorado pitchers and decided on the lineup.  Jimy Williams then posted it in the clubhouse.

During the season, Charlie always meets with the media pre-game in the dugout.  That doesn’t occur in postseason.  Charlie has to go to the interview room pre and post-game and on workout day.  That said, he wanted to offer the beat writers who cover the team home and away all season private time so he asked Greg Casterioto, the Media Relations Manager, to bring just them to his office this morning.

The TBS and ESPN radio broadcasters also get private time with each manager.  The Charlie Manuel interview with Chris Wheeler that took place every game during the regular season is also part of the Phillies radio one-hour pre-game radio show.

Once Charlie steps on the field for batting practice, he faces group interviews.  Once batting practice is over, he’s free of any media needs.

Denver Bound
After the game, the Phillies will fly to Denver where the series resumes on Saturday night.  The Phillies will work out at Coors Field at 1 tomorrow afternoon; the Rockies three hours later.


Good lineup today. After the top four not finding a groove yesterday, splitting Utley and Howard is in order.

Let’s go Phils!!!

Charlie Manuel continues to make bad decisions with the pitching staff. Why in the world did he take Kendrick out of the game since he hadn’t given up a run since the HR’s in the first. Kendrick, Hamels and Romero are the only 3 pitchers on the roster this year that have been consistent. I just don’t understand why he would go to a bullpen so early that has failed over and over all year. It defies logic.

I say that the phillies being under pressure is nothing new because this organization has gone through many things similar to the situation that we are in right now with the Rockies. It is a good thing though because it will drive us to win. Another thing that should fire them up even more is that everyone is saying that we never had a chance this year. That should just motivate us to do even better during this postseason. Oh and Jimmy Rollins for MVP!!!

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