NLDS Game 2 Phillies-Brewers: Welcome Back, Brett Myers!

Claire ReclosadoSenior Analyst IOctober 2, 2008

Hey, David Aldridge! When you said, “Hamels was great yesterday. Randy was just as good today,” who were you referring to? I don’t know who Randy is, but Brett Myers was impressive in Game Two of the NLDS.

Plenty of negative thoughts flooded my mind as Game Two between the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers approached. In his last two appearances, the Phillies’ Myers gave up 16 runs on 19 hits—not exactly the stellar pitcher that took a minor-league vacation and returned a badass. Well, that was the end of the regular season and this is the postseason.

Badass Brett is back.

Pitching seven innings and just giving up two runs on two hits, the goateed pitcher helped the Phillies come out victorious against C.C. Sabathia and the Brewers. Admittedly, the first inning made me uneasy as the Brewers were able to load the bases, but after that shaky inning Myers found his composure.

Assisting Myers in this win was the scrappy center fielder Shane Victorino. His second-inning grand slam was all the offense needed in this win. Even sweeter is the fact that the granny was the Flyin’ Hawaiian’s first career grand slam.  The home run was fitting, as Victorino has been an offensive machine in the past month, batting .344 in September.

Although I absolutely believe the Phillies will make it to the next round, I have a few concerns at this point. First, there’s Ryan Howard. Where is he?  He carried the team into October and now that he’s on the national stage, he’s hiding in strikeout land. September Ryan Howard needs to step out onto the field if the team wants to contend past the NLDS.

Second, Brad Lidge. Oh, Brad Lidge. Give the man a rest! Cole Hamels was great in the first game—why not let him finish? Even tonight, the Phillies had a three-run lead. Let “Lights Out” rest that valuable arm. A worn-out Lidge is not a pretty one. No one wants to see him blow a save and relive 2005.

Confidence in the Phillies grows as each inning is recorded, but this is the playoffs and the Brewers will be fighting to stay alive this weekend.

Fortunately, the Phils continue to own the Brew Crew, but now they travel to Milwaukee and will try to continue their success in the opposing team’s home. The Phillies won the last time they played the Brewers in Milwaukee. While still riding the wave of momentum as they board the plane for their Saturday game, it’s still tough to feel completely convinced that the next game will be unproblematic.

It’s not time to panic, though. Taking the mound on Saturday is none other than Jamie Moyer, the wise sage of the Phillies pitching staff. If anyone has the ability to get the Phils past the first round of the playoffs, it’s the seasoned left-hander.

Two wins down, nine to go.

Not-quite-baseball baseball notes… Nice catch: Did anyone see the fan catch a foul ball with his baseball cap? That takes skill and talent! Is Carlos Ruiz still the only one to wear high socks? I need some variety!