No thanks to finishing off the Dodgers at home. Make it Phils in five.
No thanks to Hiroki Kuroda vs. Brett Myers in Game 6. Myers is still suspect, even though he’s rocked at home, and the Phils haven’t solved Kuroda. No thanks to Derek Lowe on normal rest vs. TBA in Game 7. Jamie Moyer is still a big-game pitcher despite his struggles lately, but Lowe is still a better bet than Moyer or Joe Blanton, despite a third look against the Phils. Cole Hamels needs to rule like a good ace should, in a game that’s much more pivotal than the prevailing opinion suggests. How will the Dodgers respond with their backs to the wall and having seen Hamels a second time? Will they get the Chad Billingsley who allowed eight runs to the Phils or one run against the Cubs? Can Hamels and the Phillies stay focused, or will they be jumpy with the prize in clear sight?
They have the cushion, they have the pitcher, they’re the better team, yet tonight, the Phils must demand the very best from themselves.