The Phillies are playing for this year’s Championship ring, they better start playing better, if they want another fantastic ring!
Game 3 wasn’t a ‘must’ win for the Phillies, but it was a game that they should have won to go up in the series and that they were at home as well. It was a pivotal game in this series, and now with the loss, the Phillies backs are up against the wall to win the next two at Philly, then go back to New York. If the Phillies win this World Series, it won’t be at home in Philadelphia.
Weather played a part in the game,it rained past the start time and the game was delayed for 80 minutes before finally getting underway. It was cold and damp the rest of the night, and the Phillies just could not get the best of the Yankees on this night.
Cole Hamels went out there and couldn’t shut the door on the Yankees, he went back to his curveball, and that pitch is just starting to be his nemesis, because it doesn’t have any movement on it, and it just stays up in the zone for batters to tee off on it. Hamels even threw a curve to opposing pitcher, Andy Pettite, who hit it out to shallow center for an RBI. The curve is no longer effective for Cole, and he should start to develop another pitch in the off season or his pitching may continue to suffer for it.
The Phillies did fairly well on offense with two Jayson Werth homeruns, and a Carlos Ruiz homerun. It’s a shame no one was on base when these homers were hit. That being said, Ryan Howard has been in a bad way all of a sudden in the series, he’s struck out many times and seemed to have lost his swing when he needs it most.
The Yankees had too easy a time on the night, this is the World Series and all stops must be taken out for the Phillies tonight. One of the solutions could be to sit Pedro Feliz, he’s been horrible for the Phillies all postseason. Every time he comes up to bat, you can almost assume an out for them. Start Dobbs or Bruntlett, let them get a taste of the World Series.
Here’s the Phillies offense so far in the World Series:
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