In Cincy for Game 3
We’re live in Cincinnati …
Took an early morning flight with most of the Phillies beat writers, thinking the Phillies would be flying to Cincinnati following Game 2, which would allow us to get here in time for their afternoon workout. But it turns out the Phillies are smarter than us, flew here later in the day and are working out at 5 p.m.
It means that 5:30 a.m. alarm felt a little worse. Oh well. It’s beautiful today — it feels like summer — and it should be beautiful for Game 3 tomorrow night at Great American Ball Park.
Teams that took a 2-0 lead in the ALDS and NLDS since postseason expansion in 1995 are 31-4 in the series, so things are looking good for the Phillies, especially when you consider the Reds would need to beat Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt in order to come back.
The Reds might have shown their inexperience last night. Reds manager Dusty Baker touched on that today.
“They’re like the second or third tour for a military guy,” Baker said about the Phillies. “They’ve been here before. Most of our guys are first-tour guys. Where were they three years ago? The next year they won the World Series and the next year they went to the World Series. Plus their team has been together three, four, five years – most of them.”