The Phillies are a team that’s been counted out time and time again. They can’t get passed the red-hot Rockies. Well they did. They can’t get by the offensively sound Dodgers. Well they did that too. So what should make us think they can’t rally to overcome what was a three-games-to-one deficit in the 2009 World Series.
They just could do that too.
After a win last night, the team has earned the train ride back to New York, where tomorrow they put their trust in Pedro Martinez, who’s history is storied in the Postseason against New York. Martinez must win, and the future Hall-of-Famer is no stranger to doing just that.
There’s just something about Pedro, in Yankee Stadium, that feels so right.
The Phillies charismatic righty goes up against Andy Pettite, on three-day’s rest. Pettite has plenty of experience over his career on short rest, but tomorrow will be a different experience for the lefty.
Pettite has not pitched on three-day’s rest since 2006, where he was a much younger 34. In 14 regular season starts, he is a respectable 4-6 with a 4.15 ERA.
But this isn’t the regular season anymore, and Pettite is a few years older than he was in 2000, when he last pitched on short rest in the postseason.
The Phillies capitalized on A.J. Burnett’s weak short-rest performance yesterday, and tomorrow they hope to the same, and disprove the experts who counted them out before they even got a chance.