After last night’s stunning comeback, the Phillies find themselves up three games to one, just one victory away from returning to the World Series for the first time since 1993.
Oddly enough, if you had only just now looked at the series statistics without knowing the results of each game, you’d think the series would be tied. Both teams have performed similarly in almost every area, except for the bullpen thanks to Shane Victorino and Matt Stairs.
Perhaps the best part of last night, besides the win, was a quote from hero Matt Stairs. Per David Murphy:
“You want to get that one big hit where you feel like you’re part of the team,” Stairs said. “Not that I don’t feel like I’m part of the team, by no means, but when you get that nice celebration coming into the dugout and you’re getting your ass hammered by guys, it’s no better feeling than to have that done.”
I was going to add some emphasis, but I’ll allow you to throw your own mind in the gutter.
Stairs also made a couple other funny quips, though there were no more double-entendres. From the Associated Press:
“My whole career, even back in the early days, my approach was try to hit the ball out of the ballpark,” he said. “And it’s something I enjoyed doing. In batting practice, I try to hit every ball out of the ballpark. I’m not going to lie, it’s fun. I try to hit home runs and that’s it. I’m not going to hit a single and steal second base. So I think the biggest thing is to get up there, swing hard and elevate.”
Is Matt Stairs this year’s version of Russell Branyan (i.e. used in a very limited role, but ends up winning a game anyway)?
Game 5 (Wednesday, 8:22 PM EST) will feature Phils ace Cole Hamels against the Dodgers’ Chad Billingsley. Should the Phillies clinch on Wednesday, they’d get about a week of rest, meaning that Hamels could start Games 1 and 5 of the World Series (or 1, 4, and 7 depending on how the rotation is set up). If they clinch in Game 6 on Friday, they’d get about five days, which is fine as well.
Game graph courtesy FanGraphs.