The citizens of Philadelphia were pumped last night. There was something in the air... we all thought our 25 year championship winless streak was going to come to an end. Every bar in the Greater Delaware Valley was packed full of red shirts. Then the rain came and suspended the game in the bottom of the 6th. So, lets say we play tonight, what happens? Who leads off the game in the bottom of the 6th, as the pitcher's spot is up? The Rays have not announced who will be pitching yet, but I am guessing it will be a left-hander, possibly David Price. If this is the case, we need to use So Taguchi as a pinch hitter against the left hander, as you have to keep Bruntlett to replace Burrell in the field, and Coste, in case of an injury to Ruiz. As for pitching, the Phils should act like Hamels left in the 6th Inning and just like this is another game going into the 7th inning with the pitcher lasting 6 innings. They still have good options with Durbin, Eyre, Madson, and Romero pitching. We may see J.A. Happ in extra innings if needed.
Unfortunately, we do not know if Mother Nature is going to cooperate. Today's forecast calls for rain all day, then stopping around game time, but for the temperature to be in the 30's, and windy. Tomorrow isn't supposed to be much better, so it will be interesting to see how MLB approaches this.
Although this is not a must win for the Phillies, the last thing we want to do it give some momentum to the Rays and have to travel back to the dump of a city that is Tampa.