Things may look a bit bleak for the Phillies and their fans right now. The Fightins playoff ace, Cliff Lee, the guy they got in the offseason to help them get over their playoff hump and into the World Series, got shelled Sunday night. Lee gave up a career high 12 hits and five runs in just six plus innings against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2 of the NLDS.
The series is now tied at one win apiece. The Phillies next head to St. Louis where a short series gets even shorter. It is now the best of three with the Cardinals holding the edge playing two of those games in front of their home fans. And to make things even worse for the Phils, in Game 3, they must face the Cardinals tough lefty Jaime Garcia who has held them to just two runs—one earned—in 15 innings this season.
So what is a Phillies fan to do? Well, at times like these, it is often wise to turn to the karmic rules of baseball for comfort. So here we go with the five karmic reasons that the Phillies will still go all the way. (Full disclosure: I was shooting for ten but five was the best I could do.)