Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Source: Phillies Have to face Real Pitching in NLCS
According to MLB sources the NLDS Championship Giants will be allowed to throw other pitches beside batting practice fastballs to the Phillies in the NLCS starting Saturday night.
This is a huge blow to the Phillies who thrived on the Reds starting pitching getting 13 hits and 6 runs off of the reds starters.
"It really sucks to have to face real pitchers," said one unnamed Phillies player. "You really get used to fastballs that are groved right down the middle. It will be a major adjustment now that we will get mid 90's fastballs on the black and bighting change up's in the dirt."
The MLB rep who spoke on the agreement that he would remain nameless continued saying that, "In the NLDS games against the Reds MLB stipulated that there would be nothing but batting practice fastballs and definitely no pitches that could be classified as 'nasty'. However in the NLCS that same agreement could not be reached with the Giants."
The MLB source also said, "The Reds were explicitly told just throw it down the middle it will help the ratings to get an east coast team in there. We will pay you back next season."
The Reds did everything that MLB wanted even blowing a 4 run lead in game 2. That same easy treatment can not be guaranteed against the Giants who boast a real defense and a stout pitching staff.
"We're trying to stay upbeat, but this sucks," said one unnamed Phillies source. "You have to bring your 'A' game against the Giants but being able to beat up on the Reds pitching was a key guy for us. It's going to force us to hit 'real pitching' and we're not really built for that."
The Phillies hitters also took a hit on Tuesday with the announcement that they will be unable to know exactly what pitch was coming and that they would face an actual elite pitching staff.
This is satire but there is that bit of truth that makes this really funny. Because really the Reds pitching was not good and the Giants are the best in MLB. It will be an interesting series.