Living In the Past, Living In the Now
I’m in Denver for the first time since Game 4 of the 2009 National League Division Series.
You remember that one, don’t you?
The Phillies turned a 2-1 lead into a 4-2 deficit in the eighth inning, erasing a fine start by Cliff Lee, only to come back in incredible fashion in the ninth inning to win the game, 5-4, and clinch the series. Remember Chase Utley almost catching Shane Victorino rounding third base as Utley scored the tying run? Remember Ryan Howard making it happen with a double to right? Remember Jayson Werth‘s flare to right-center that scored Howard to retake the lead? And Brad Lidge picking up the save?
Ah, but that’s the past. Let’s talk about the present.
Live in the now, man!
The Phillies have won 8 of 11 (.727) since losing to the Giants on April 27, which is the best record in baseball. They’ve scored 58 runs in that span, their 5.27 runs per game tied for third in the league. Their .817 OPS is best, which is boosted with a league-best 17 homers. Their 3.09 ERA ranks third.
Werth ranks fourth in the league with a 1.261 OPS. Carlos Ruiz ranks 11th (1.107) and Utley ranks 17th (1.039). It’s easier to score when you have three of the hottest hitters in baseball over the last 11 games. Werth also is tied for the lead with 15 RBIs, which is making fans even more antsy that the Phillies need to resign Werth.