Sunday, June 07, 2009
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The Phillies hot streak is slowed to a barely tepid pot out in LA for the last two games. The playoff atmosphere of last year is in full swing out in tinseltown and the Dodgers are playing like they are in the playoffs here in June already. These two clubs are battling tooth and nail with games that are going down to the wire the past two nights.
Brad Lidge has been bitten again, this time it's two BS in a row. Blown saves that stands for, and I hope they are all out of his system now. This slide down the mountain of success has been fast for Lidge and a lot of his armor from last year is already worn down by the battering he is taking this season so far. Teams are making him pay for the season he had last year, and let's face it the Phillies are the reigning World Champions of Baseball, so every team wants a piece of them if for nothing else to say, "We beat the World Champs."
Antonio Bastardo gets the ball for the Phils tonight, and the MLB Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki has reported that Matt Stairs will not be available tonight so that he can view his daughter's graduation. So it's up to the rest of the team to bring home a victory so the Phillies can even this series up and get out of LA with a split. The Phillies will take on Randy Wolf, the pitcher that the Phillies could have had back, if they only made him an offer.