Each morning during the playoffs, we'll attempt to answer some questions about the playoff games that absolutely nobody asked. This could be helpful and fun or this could be painful and uninformative. Either way, it's another listicle in the listicle-ful sportsblogosphere.
- Why did Charlie Manuel not have Cole Hamels pitch around Manny Ramirez in the first inning? With Andre Ethier on second and one out, Manuel could have asked Hamels to semi-intentionally walk Manny and set up the double play with Russell Martin on deck. Maybe he made the right decision though, as Manny's double missed going out of the yard by about two feet and Hamels escaped from the inning with just one run. Call it just dumb luck for one inning, but Hamels cruised the rest of the game and that was pure pitching skills.
- How magnified is that error by Rafael Furcal? Considering the fact that Furcal went 0-for-4 at the top of the Dodgers lineup, thus allowing Ramirez to come up just two RBI chances in the game, Furcal's error was the least of his problems. After all, Furcal merely grounded out four times in the game. Still, everyone points to his error in the sixth that allowed Shane Victorino to reach first which led to Chase Utley's two run ding-dong.
- How many heart attacks were reported in Philadelphia between 10:45PM and 11PM? I have no idea, but even a casual Philadelphia supporter like myself had my heart in my throat when Brad Lidge came on to pitch. Lidge is a pure fly-ball pitcher and he gave up two towering fly ball outs to Matt Kemp and Casey Blake. Victorino snagged them both in center field and Lidge held on for the save. Lidge gave up only three tater tots during the regular season but if he gives up a fourth one, it's going to send dozens of Philadelphians into cardiac arrest.
- Did the FOX announcing crew entertain you, or at least fail to piss you off? There was nothing really entertaining or educational about Buck and McCarver's work last night. They consistently talk down to the audience and worst of all, McCarver seems to be making shit up as he goes along sometimes. What is he, a baseball blogger? In their defense, I don't recall any single moment that caused me to throw my shoe at the television set.
- Will you join us later today and tonight? We're going to liveglog BOTH LCS games. Join us at 4:30PM EDT for NLCS Game Two and 8:30PM EDT for ALCS Game One.