Swish. Swish. Swish. Oh, I’m sorry. I was just reliving the ass-kicking sweep of the Braves that the Phillies completed last series. It was all we could have hoped for, and we got it. Now, let’s hope our boys can do the same with the Mets this weekend.
The Mets will face Joe Blanton, Kyle Kendrick, and Cole Hamels (the Phillies will go up against R.A. Dickey, Dillon Gee, and Pat Misch), and hope that they do not suffer the same fate as the Braves did. While Blanton and Kendrick are no ROY20, they have still put up some decent numbers in their past few starts, and if they make it through five or six innings, the bullpen can take care of the rest. Because our big three – who, by the way, have been given the most AWFUL nickname, the “Bermuda Triangle” (isn’t that a really bad thing?) – have been doing some great things, our bullpen has gotten plenty of rest (well, aside from Madson and Lidge). There’s no question that the Phillies’ bats are still a little more quiet than normal, so we need starters and relievers to step up and keep this winning streak going all the way to the playoffs. This team bands together and players come through in the clutch, at just the right time, so I really have a good feeling about the rest of this season. The Mets are a joke, I know, but we can’t sleep on them. The Phillies need to keep playing hard, just like they have been. A playoff berth is in their grasp, and we are along for the sometimes bumpy but always thrilling ride.
CBP was abuzz for the entire series, and it just felt like the playoffs. We’re still a few weeks away, but you know that feeling. The accelerrated heart rate. The clenched stomach when #54 takes the mound to close the game out for us. The jubilation of another Phillies win. It’s a feeling Phillies fans are very much accustomed to, but we want more. We want to clinch a playoff spot, we want to get to the World Series, and we want to bring that pennant home for the second time in three years. This team deserves it. Even through all of the injuries, the lineup changes, everything, they’ve persevered, even when it seemed like they didn’t know what the hell they were doing. The Phillies of late look like our Phillies, and they’re looking better and better as the regular season comes to a close.
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