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Nice win and all, but the Phillies may want to take extra batting practice

Oct 11, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

History shows that you can win a World Series with dominant pitching. But life is always better if you can hit the ball too. Which the Phillies didn’t really do in their three games against the Reds: They hit .212/.301/.273. with only four extra base hits in the whole series.

That’s certainly better than the Reds did, but since Phillies fans have most of the week to sit back, relax and think about stuff, they might as well think about that.  Especially if the Giants beat the Braves tonight and they have to face a fully-rested Tim Lincecum in Game 1 of the NLCS.

(thanks to reader pcrm for the heads up on the Phillies batting line)

  1. Jonny5 - Oct 11, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    Well, Part of the reason Cinci is even in the playoffs is their pitching. Their bullpen is supposed to be all shock, and awe, and stuff. I wouldn’t expect to see anyone have a great batting line against them, but yes, it would be nice to see these big name guys pull off something spectacular, once in a while.. Hey, maybe next series they go all nuclear and drop the bombs? Maybe not? It’s how baseball is, isn’t it?

  2. Matthew Flint - Oct 11, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Craig, I know this sucks, but wouldn’t you rather lose in the NLDS and not the NLCS to a familiar foe. It will get easier as time goes on. After they find a new manager and retool 80% of their roster around Heyward, the Braves will be really good in 6 or 7 years.

  3. brad lidge's mole - Oct 11, 2010 at 9:29 AM

    I’m waiting for the Heyward needs to take extra batting practice post.

  4. Dustin84v - Oct 11, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Craig Calcatrerra changes the subject from Halladay, Oswalt, and Hamels because other teams cannot handle this starting pitching. He knows that the Yankees will see Roy Halladay in Games 1 and 4. He should try thorazine and haldol, then drop his softball league attitude.

  5. soundslead - Oct 11, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    I agree that they need to be hitting more Craig, but, as usual, you come off as sour grapes. Waaaaaaaaa.

  6. matt - Oct 11, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    As a Phillies fan I have no problem with the reality that the offense is and always has been overrated. This isn’t a one year issue. They have always had their major slumps during the seasons and when one of them slumps they all seem to slump.Once in a while they hit multiple homers in a game and the fans and some national media make it out to be an every night thing. Polanco has helped this year but overall they still are not a good contact hitting team so obviously they strike out too much. They have not put together a torrid streak of offense where everyone is hot at the same time for a long time now. They will have a game here and there but it’s been rare. They dont play “small ball” as the saying goes. When they do get 3 or 4 runs they also seem to shut it down for the rest of the game. All that beign said what team is hitting well consistently in the playoffs? Reds? Braves? Giants? Rays? anyone else? Your facing good pitching all the time at this point in the playoffs. Like I said, the Phillies offense has never been the 10 run a game offense that the national media makes them out to be but you cant argue with 37 of their last 44 for an .841 winning clip. They aren’t scoring alot but they are scoring enough. Utley, Howard, and Werth dont ever seem to be hot at the same time and Rollins doesn’t appear to be getting any better offensively. Maybe he’s finally on the downside of his career. Who knows. I’ll still take my chances with who we have on the team. I dont think any other national league squad has anything better. Can they beat the Yankees? Maybe not. We shall see.

  7. Jaysus - Oct 11, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    This sounds like bitter Braves fan talk to me…

  8. michaelgsmith - Oct 11, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    At this point there is a clear “book” on how to pitch the phils – breaking balls and slow stuff. This really came to light in the playoffs last year (Howard in particular against the Yanks) and most teams have continued it this season. During the periods where the offense was hot teams were throwing more fastballs in hitter counts – a death sentence for any pitcher against these guys.

  9. Dasher521 - Oct 11, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    For a long time the Phillies won by hitting a lot of home runs and scoring a lot of runs. Home runs around both leagues are down this year, not just for the Phillies. As a Phillies fan, I like that they can beat you in a lot of different ways and win tight, low scoring games. The game isn’t won by the team that gets the most hits. It isn’t won by the team that has the most home runs. Catching routine ground balls, also contributes to winning games. Just ask Conrad.

  10. Giant Space Ants - Oct 11, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Interesting how most of the comments are essentially “That’s probably true Craig, you whiny baby”. Keep it going Philles fans- something needs to hold my attention between now and Tuesday night.

  11. mustbechris - Oct 11, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    They faced some great pitching. And when they didn’t, they took advantage of it. I’m not worried.

  12. Jangocat - Oct 11, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    Ha, ya keep digging for something. They didn’t have the best record in all baseball and go to their third in a row NLCS for nothing. The Phillies ain’t sweatin SF’s pitchers either. Unless they throw shutouts they will not win. Provided they even get past the Braves, who the Phillies own.

  13. moleman - Oct 11, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    I think the Phillies and the Yanks are the best teams in Baseball. However pitching beats hitting everytime. It should be a great series. So go Phils.

  14. moleman - Oct 11, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Go Phils.

  15. WendyLu - Oct 11, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Did you manage to write anything today that didn’t involve Phillie-bashing?

  16. CJC - Oct 11, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    Now that is a stretch! The pitching in the last series was great on both sides, Phils just had the best. The Phils hit Chapman better than any other team. But I know, that is not enough for you. It seems that they would have to move a mountain to impress you. Fortunately the real baseball pundits get it.

  17. Florioisanidiot1 - Oct 11, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    Reds pitching was very good for the most part. It was the defense and hitting that let down, two areas they led the league in this year in the regular season.

  18. Route36West - Oct 12, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    Well if the Braves horrible lineup can get a win against SF and probably should have gotten another 1 except there horrible lineup cant field either then this should be a cake walk for the Phillies.

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