Sitting here reviewing a game-by-game synopsis of the postseason, I’m struck by how many times the Phils cashed in on the other team’s mistakes. It happened so many times, it makes me feel just a little guilty, then I remember that Cole Hamels notched four incredible wins.
The first win of the postseason, Game 1 against the Brewers, happened because Cole Hamels was brilliant, but also because Milwaukee gift wrapped all three of the Phillies runs in the third inning because of mishandled plays. Then in Game 1 of the championship series, another Hamels gem, the Phils followed Rafael Furcal’s wild throw with a pair of home runs, scoring three. Furcal would later suffer a three-error meltdown in the series clincher, enough to reward another fantastic start by Hamels all on his own.
There were other non-Hamels related moments, too, like the hit batsman and passed ball that sparked the Game 3 squibber rally against Tampa. None of the opposing offensives played particularly well and most of the marquee stars, like Prince Fielder and Evan Longoria, for example, disappeared entirely.
Other constants would include a fine showing by the Phillies' bullpen, and speaking of which ...
Lidge finishes fourth in Cy Young voting: Phillies closer Brad Lidge received a second-place vote and seven third-place votes for 10 points total to finish fourth in Cy Young voting behind winner Tim Lincecum of the Giants, who received 23 of 32 first-place votes. Arizona's Brandon Webb and New York's Johan Santana finished second and third. Milwaukee's CC Sabathia took fifth.