Game 1: Phillies starting pitching do what top pitchers do – keep good hitters off balance. Ray Halladay’s performance was a notch above outstanding.
Game 2: The Reds did embarrass themselves in game 2. Leading 4-0, committing 4 errors, untimely walks and hit batsmen – actually, that was more than embarrassing. The Reds had a chance to get out of Philadelphia with a split, and let it get away.
Game 3: Cole Hamels did a great job of keeping batters out of sync, noted that the Reds had very few hard-hit balls. Besides being 7-0 against the Reds in his career, Hamels followed Halladay’s lead and did what good pitchers do – take the bat out of the batter’s hands.
From my point of view as a fan,
- Arroyo and Cueto pitched well enough to win.
- Besides striking out too many times, Votto and Rolen went 2 for 21 in the series with double digit strikeouts.
- The number of errors by infielders was disastrous.
- Phillies didn’t pound the ball, but won with better pitching and defense.
From Cincinnati sportstalk host Lance McAlister.
- 1: Hits by Joey Votto in 10 ab’s
- 1: Number of Reds hitters with more than one hit in NLDS (Phillips, 3)
- 4: Runs scored by Reds in NLDS
- 7: Errors committed by Reds in NLDS
- 7: Consecutive playoff losses by Reds (9 consecutive World Series game wins)
- 8: Strikeouts by Scott Rolen in 11 AB’s
- 11: Fewest hits EVER in a playoff series
- 15: Number of times the Reds were shutout this season
- 19: Number of Reds without playoff experience, number of Phillies with playoff experience
- 24: Strikeouts by Reds hitters in NLDS (4 walks)
- .124: Reds batting average in NLDS (11 for 89)
- 2.52: ERA by Reds pitchers in NLDS
I’m proud of the 2010 Reds as they simply lost to a better team whose pitching was awesome. The Reds surprised me and many others to win the NL Central; and they did it fair and square. Simply put, anyone saying the Reds didn’t deserve to be in the playoffs is a baseball moron.
Good luck to the Phillies and their fans. Meanwhile, Reds pitchers and catchers report in 127 days, and Opening Day is 170 days away.
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