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Next Up for the 2008 World Series: Small Ball in Philly

John SkicewiczContributor IOctober 24, 2008

Small Ball...


Does any team play better small ball than the Rays?


My son and I attended Game Two last night and were on the edge of our seats for the entire game. Tampa Bay kept pecking away at the Philly pitching and defense, and the Phillies just couldn’t get anything started.


Obviously I’m a “homer,” but I try to keep my objectivity...I predict that, as the World Series heads to Philadelphia, those three games will be decided by small ball.  Manufacturing runs out of little hits, lots of speed on the basepaths, creativity on offense, and minimal mistakes on defense. And in all of these areas, I give the edge to the Rays.


Did you see the squeeze-bunt RBI? Or the double play from right field? I think the cold weather will take away the long ball until/unless the series comes back to the Trop.

Now if these teams split the games in Philly and come back to Tampa Bay to finish this thing, THEN I see the big bats coming to life.


Overall, last night wasn’t really a well-played game from a technical standpoint, but Game One was really great baseball. The intensity will be ramped up in the games to come; it always is in the World Series!


With the top-flight raw talent on both these teams, there is still a lot of great baseball coming before this season is over. 


Is there anything better that GREAT BASEBALL in October?!


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