We were spoiled. For five straight seasons, the Phillies played postseason baseball in October. Had the second wild card team been in play in 2005 and 2006, the Phillies would have been in the postseason then, too.
Sitting home for the second year in a row and watching other teams battle it out takes some luster away from October baseball. But, that’s the way it goes. So far there have been some interesting story lines, especially on Saturday:
That day produced two 1-0 wins, a first in League Championship Series history.
St. Louis won, 1-0, in 2 hours, 40 minutes, getting only two hits. Five Cardinal pitchers recorded 13 strikeouts. Four of the five pitchers were rookies.
Boston lost, 1-0, in 3 hours, 56 minutes, getting only one hit. Five Detroit pitchers recorded 17 strikeouts. Last time the two teams met in the regular season, the Red Sox won, 20-4.
Sanchez struck out four Red Sox in the first inning. That’s a first for a Detroit pitcher ever, regular season or postseason.
It was only Boston’s second shutout in 78 postseason home games, according to STATS. The other was in the 1918 World Series, when the Cubs beat them 3-0 in Game 5.
Of the two runs scored that day, only one was earned (Detroit’s).
Collectively, the four teams’ hitters were 1-27 RISP.
St. Louis reliever, Randy Choate, pitched in the first two games of the NLCS and recorded two outs throwing a total of four pitches. Last night, two outs on six pitches.
The Cardinals as a team are hitting .134 but lead in the series, 2-1. Last night they were scoreless on four singles.
J-Roll is part of the FOX post-season team, working the ALCS (post-game) and World Series (pre- and post-game). He can be seen on Fox Sports Live.
Minor League Notes
3B Cody Asche is ranked as the ninth-best prospect in the International League by Baseball America. 1B-OF Darin Ruf is 17th among the top 20.
3B Maikel Franco (4th) and LHP Jesse Biddle (11th) are among the top 20 in the Eastern League.
OF Cameron Perkins has replaced OF Kelly Dugan (turf toe injury) in the Arizona Fall League (Peoria Javelinos). RH reliever Ken Giles has fanned five in two innings, including a 3-strikeout save.
There’s a terrific image of a young Luzinski and Bowa in the clubhouse at the Vet as the Peek in the Past photo.
In the continuing series of Phillies seasons that ended in a “3”, you’ll find a historic feature on the 1933 season, which was not a very good one.
Then, Paul Hagen’s “Where Are They Now?” on Tommy Greene.
Check them out at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.
Four years ago today the Phillies defeated the Dodgers, 8-6, in LA in the opening game of the NLCS. It took 4 hours, 2 minutes, the longest 9-inning NLCS game.
On September 23, I wrote that Sandberg became the fourth to play, coach and manage the Phillies (excluding interim managers Vukovich and Varsho).
Thanks to Skip (Memory Lane) Clayton, Kaiser Wilhelm is the fifth. At age 47 and out of pro ball since 1915, he joined the Phillies in 1921 as a pitcher-coach, appearing in four games on the mound. Later that season, he became player-manager. He also managed the 1922 season and was fired.