Chase Utley is playing like a man on a mission. A mission to get the Phillies their second straight championship. Last night, his 2 homerun, 4 rbi performance keyed the Phils’ 8-6 win over the Yankees.
He’s also playing like a World Series MVP. For the Series, he’s batting .333 with five homers. He could easily get that MVP award assuming Philadelphia wins it all. Not an easy task considering that they’re down 3-2 going into the heart of the Evil Empire for Game 6.
Cliff Lee was on his game last night despite his linescore. He left the game with an 8-3 lead. It’s not his fault that the Phillies seem to find value in Chan Ho Park and think he can get the job done. Rumor has it that Lee might be ready for Game 7 should there be one and he might give Chase a run for his money for that MVP award. Lee is already 2-0 for the Series with a 2.81 ERA in 16 innings.
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Looks like the frequency and duration of mound meetings by Yankee pitchers and catcher Jorge Posada are giving MLB some pause. They’ll most certainly be discussing it this winter.
Nice going, Jorge.
The LA Times’ headline reads Another tight game means big numbers for Fox. Nice sentiment but I’m giving more credit to the fact that the Series is taking place in two big market cities.
On a related note, Business Weekly notes that World Series TV ratings are indeed up despite the influx of web streaming of the games.
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Finally, who doesn’t like a little trash talk?