Threatened with a crushing first-round sweep, the resilient Phillies, down 0-2 in the series, face the ultimate challenge when they meet the Rockies in Game 3 of the NLDS tonight at Coors Field.
Preview: No reason to delve into deep analysis. The Phillies need to play better and make better choices. They need to score more runs and keep from getting burned by the weaker hitters in the Rockies’ lineup. Jamie Moyer, who's been an excellent post-season pitcher, needs to devour innings and bridge the gap to the big three. The runs are key since the Rockies probably hold a 5-3 advantage in dependable relievers. The Phillies face a right-handed starter for the first time this series in Ubaldo Jimenez. They need to put 5-6-7 runs on board and knock him out early.
Brett Myers has said the team is playing as if they are content with just getting there, a claim refuted by teammates in the Daily News. The character of the club should not be in question. However, lose today, and the Phillies' first post-season berth since 1993 may go down in history as an anomaly, the result of the Mets' collapse instead of their own resilient campaign.
Game chat launches at 8 p.m.