(Don’t complain about the title, Philly fans. What did you expect from a Mets fan? Besides, this is a more authentic congratulatory title than trying to fake it. Plus, I would have given the Dodgers the same title anyhow.)
Phillies 5, Dodgers 1 – Once again, Philly got the Chad Billingsley early, with Jimmy Rollins hitting a lead-off homer to set the tone early, and three errors in one inning by Rafael Furcal put the Dodgers so far behind that there were no Kirk Gibson-style heroices to whip out on the 20th anniversary of that legendary home run off Dennis Eckersley in the 1988 World Seires.
(Note: Wasn’t it quaint when the World Series was starting at about this time, back in the day?)
Cole Hamels is establishing himself as Philly’s vrsion of Josh Beckett, a hard-line playoff ace that the team can rely on and has in his three starts — his success has been absolutely disgusting, and he was filthy again tonight, only giving up a home run to Manny Ramirez, which, in the grand scheme of things, is no shame, particularly when no one else is able to touch your pitches.
Now, the Dodgers have to sit back and consider whether or not to re-sign Ramirez (they’re nuts if they don’t; that team is only in the playoffs because of him), while the Phillies get a week to take care of personal business and then head off to the American League city hosting the first two games.
Congratulations, Philadelphia. I hope you get swept.