For those oblivious few of you, I should report that the Philadelphia Phillies have made it into the playoffs for the first time in 14 years. Coincidentally, it has been 14 years since I cried because of a baseball game. I won't bore you with too many stats, for if baseball stats are the type of thing that excited you, you'll already know them all. I should mention, however, that the Phillies comeback (7 games back, on Sept 12) represents the largest last month comeback in baseball history, tying two other comebacks, each taking place in the 1930s. Also, the Phillies pitching is so bad, they have a higher team ERA than any NL playoff bound team in history. Naturally, they've scored more runs this year than any other NL team. They also have more comeback wins, 48, than any team in MLB. Yes, with only 89 wins, that means their starting pitching had to be bailed out more than half the time. But they got it done Sunday after scaring the bejezus out of my on Saturday.
Monday, October 1, 2007
They were helped, of course, by Tom Glavine's laughable performance for the Mets. Glavine, who should be barred from the Cooperstown after his poor excuse for pitching Sunday, gave up 7 runs and only recorded one out in the top of the first inning before he was pulled. For those of you keeping track at home, that's a single game ERA of 189, which is only two orders of magnitude off of being quite respectable.
I should mention that Matt has two reasons to be proud. First, his lifelong dream to see his hometown Cubs go to the playoffs will also be realized this year. I'll be rooting for them until they beat the D-Backs after which the Phillies will be forced to end Matt's phantasies in the NLCS. Second, Matt will be proud, of course that his other hometown team, The Nationals, did their part to help the Phillies to a divisional title. They kindly beat them Mets many times and lost to the Phillies many times, all within the last couple weeks. So, GoNats!
The only sad thing about Sunday's baseball, is that, if only the Mets had won, we would have a simultaneous tie for the NL East and 4-way tie for the NL wild card, which would have led to playoff games until Wednesday, an unprecedented scenario. Doesn't this all make the AL seem quite lame? Who wants a league where you know the playoff teams in July?
Okay, folks, the postseason starts in just a couple days. Get ready!