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Bastardo to Help vs. Dodgers

The Phillies will recall left-hander Antonio Bastardo before tonight’s game against the Dodgers, a source said.

Not a surprise.

The Phillies optioned John Mayberry Jr. to Triple-A Lehigh Valley following Sunday’s game. He was optioned for a pitcher, and that really only left one choice. The Dodgers have left-handed hitting Andre Ethier and James Loney in the starting lineup, and there is a good chance the Phillies will need a lefty to face them at some point in the later innings. Right now their only option is J.C. Romero, and he has been struggling with his command. He has 22 walks in 24 1/3 innings this season, including six walks in his last 2 2/3 innings. His 8.1 walks per nine innings is the highest average of his career.

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Roy Oswalt gives us a peek inside his world, and talks about possibly leaving baseball following 2011.

Before the Astros traded Oswalt to the Phillies, there were numerous reports Oswalt absolutely would not waive his no-trade clause unless the Phillies picked up his 2012 option. It turned out to be incorrect. In fact, the Phillies only added $1 million to Oswalt’s side of the buyout of the mutual option. Maybe that is because Oswalt truly believes he might not play after 2011, and he did not want to commit to 2012. Or maybe the Phillies said, either come to Philly without the 2012 option being picked up or remain in Houston. Either way, I think it’s interesting.

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NLCS Rematch Anybody?


vicotirno 0607.jpgChad Durbin
allowed the game-winning home run to Dodgers rightfielder Andre Ethier in the 12th inning Saturday to make the first three games of a four-game series between the Phillies and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium pretty memorable.

“About what I expected,” Durbin said afterward.

How so?

Two good teams playing close, well-played games, he said.

Cole Hamels shutout the Dodgers on Thursday, Brad Lidge blew saves Friday and Saturday and the Phillies got good pitching and timely hitting in a 7-2 victory Sunday. The Dodgers and Phillies went their separate ways with the two best records in baseball, and there is no reason to think these teams cannot meet again this October in a rematch of the 2008 National League Championship Series:

  • The Phillies and Dodgers have the two best offenses in the National League with the Phillies averaging a league-best 5.5 runs per game and the Dodgers averaging 5.2 runs per game. Of course, the Dodgers have been without Manny Ramirez for a significant stretch, but you have to believe these teams will continue to score runs the remainder of the season.
  • The Dodgers have a 3.63 ERA, which is the best in the league. The Phillies have a 4.63 ERA, which ranks 15th. But the Phillies have a 3.62 ERA in their 23 games, which shows signs they are capable of pitching like they pitched last season.
  • The Phillies have a .991 fielding percentage, which leads the league. The Dodgers have a .989 fielding percentage, which ranks second. (I know there are other ways to rate a team’s defense, but it’s 2:25 a.m. Eastern and I have a flight to catch in a couple hours, so give me a pass.) The point I’m trying to make is these two teams are pretty good defensively, too.

“You never know what happens once you get to the playoffs,” Lidge said. “It seems if everything happens the way it has happened it could be the matchup. You never know who it’s going to be because somebody is going to get really hot going into the playoffs, and at that time you’re going to have to fight them off. Yeah, you’d hope the season progresses the way it does and we can meet these guys in the NLCS.”

“They are pretty darn good,” Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. “We held our own with them. “We beat them on their field and we split here. I think that was important for us to beat them on their field and that was based on the fact that they swept us four games last year, plus the two in the playoffs. If we do meet them in the postseason, I think that is something that we do not have to concern ourselves with.”

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Dodger Blues

dodgers 0605.jpgSometimes I get the feeling something is going to go terribly wrong in a baseball game, and I get ready to rewrite my game story. I got that feeling when Steve Bartman interfered with Moises Alou in left field in the NLCS in 2003.

But last night was not one of those games.

Even after Brad Lidge put a couple runners on base with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium, I still felt like Lidge was going to get out of the inning and preserve the Phillies’ 3-2 victory.

He had been throwing the ball very well since he blew back-to-back saves against the Yankees late last month. He had thrown the ball well last night, too, except for walking James Loney to put two on with two out.

But he got Russell Martin to hit a hard grounder to Pedro Feliz at third base.

Game over … except Feliz booted the ball to load the bases.

“I just missed it,” Feliz said. “I’ve got nothing more to say.”

What else could he say?

Andre Ethier followed with a double into the right-field corner to score Casey Blake and Loney to win it.

Unbelievable.

“It was a real freak thing that you’re not going to see very often,” Lidge said.

Lidge suffered his fifth blown save of the season, but I can’t pin this one on him. Feliz has to make that play.

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