Oct 17, 2009
Redemption: NLCS Game 3
On Sunday, the Phillies and Dodgers will size each other up in potentially rainy Philadelphia to see who really has control of the series. Some will be looking to continue their stellar play on both sides (i.e. Howard, Ethier, Loney, Ruiz) while others will be looking for redemption.
One such player is Chase Utley. Usually one of the rocks of the Phillies' lineup, he has been 1 for 8 with one BB in the series. Small sample size of 2 games not withstanding, the real concern is the 2 errors and the nature of these errors. Both were on attempted DP turns and involved wild throws. The first one looked like he just couldn't get the ball out of his glove in a proper manner, but the second one (at a most key moment in the game) was just tossed wildly from first base. He is normally reliable fielder and this should not happen again.
Also, why do Phillies pitchers fall down while fielding bunts? Eyre did this against the Rockies and Park had this eventually fatal mistake against the Dodgers. Is it difficult to run off a mound to field a ball? Am I missing something?
To all those wanting redemption, in the postseason all it takes is one moment of one game to put behind any mistakes of the past. Short memories, boys, the Philly crowd is waiting to cheer you on the next 3 games.