Cardinals vs. Phillies: Why Philadelphia Fans Have No Reason to Worry

Ray TannockSenior Analyst IOctober 3, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 02:  Cliff Lee #33 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Two of the National League Division Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 2, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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I will not present you with another stat-riddled article explaining why Philadelphia fans should not worry after Philadelphia's Game 2 collapse; rather, I will attempt to quickly run through why there is still no reason to worry.

So how does one go about doing that with the NLDS on the line?

Well, for starters, we all have to remember just who the Philadelphia Phillies are facing, because this is not your average baseball team.

Despite a few team issues, the Cardinals were the best hitting team in the National League and still possessed the ability to not only beat Philadelphia six out of nine times in the regular season, but also came equipped with the ability to compete with anyone.

Despite Philadelphia seemingly having a ton of advantages over St. Louis, the Cardinals have too much talent to simply just write them off—even if it is a series that presents itself as futile.

But wait, this isn't about the Cardinals per se, is it?

To expect this dream rotation to just go out on the bump and magically dispense with a team as dangerous as St. Louis is just a silly fantasy.

Yes, this rotation is the best rotation in baseball, but that doesn't mean they are infallible—mistakes will happen, and games will be lost.

But the Phillies have spent an entire season dealing with adversity, whether it was dealing with not one, but multiple hitting slumps and pitching slumps,—two from Cliff lee—as well as a rash of injuries.

The end result, however, has always been this team rising above said adversity with flying colors, which is a very similar tale to the Phillies' 2008 World Series season.

In addition to the aforementioned, the Phillies have redefined the methodical approach toward winning.

What I mean by that is simple.

The Phillies are not a team that is known for panicking; rather, they are known as a veteran squad that has "been there, done that."

The Phillies, better than any one of us fans or writers, know that the Cardinals will not go away quietly, and they also know that stats and the occasional bad outing is just part of the game.

That's why we're fans and they're the professionals.

There's no need to panic here; this was just one game in what should be a long series between two very good teams.

But in the end, it is everything mentioned above that will help this Philadelphia team rise above, yet again, and move on to the NLCS.

Will it be easy? No.

Is there any legitimate reason to hit the panic button? No.

This is the way of things in postseason play, and you all can rest assured that the Phillies will do what they do best: find a way to win and prevail.

So take a deep breath, relax and put on some Mork and Mindy, because there still isn't any reason to worry Philadelphia.