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World Series Game 2 Blog
Game 1 was considered a "must-win" for the Phillies by many because of Cole Hamels starting. If you subscribed to this point of view, and picked the Rays to win the Series, does your prediction change now that he and the Phillies essentially held serve last night?

By the way, I just heard a commentator suggest that the Phillies won because of "small ball" last night. Except for that two-run homer by Utley, of course. Which was just two of their three runs and gave them the lead. Besides that, we can just wish away that homer.

Posted by Jeff Erickson at 10/23/2008 9:46:00 AM

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World Series Game 1 Blog
I thought I'd fire this up well in advance of tonight's game, so that we can get a few predictions out there. A lot of time has been spent talking about Cole Hamels and how much his two starts will mean towards giving the Phillies a chance. And justifiably so - he's been fantastic this postseason. Jamie Moyer might be equally important - right now he's tentatively slated to get two starts, including a Game 7 if it goes the distance. The Rays' OPS against right-handers this year was .778, but .726 against lefties. It's a far more dramatic swing in the playoffs, but given the sample size, it's hard to extrapolate further. Anyhow, the point here is that Moyer needs to use that platoon advantage if his starts are going to go well. He's been fairly awful so far, so it's hard to have a whole lot of confidence in him. I'm going to go with the Rays in 7.

For your feel-good, Olympics-style personal interest story, check this out:

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/baseball/rays/article865550.ece

Posted by Jeff Erickson at 10/22/2008 8:49:00 AM

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