Well, folks, here we are, just a little over a month left to go in the season, and in the midst of a pennant race we all thought we’d see back in April. This season has not been as enjoyable as last. The players have seemed surlier, Ryan Howard’s average continues to plummet, Chase Utley looks like a poor man’s version of himself, and Jimmy Rollins has had an absolutely abysmal year. With their superstars reeling, the team has been lifted by the likes of Shane Victorino, Pat Burrell, and Jamie Moyer. And somehow, here we are, in the midst of a pennant racethat we all know is going to come down to the last week of the season. And it will be for all the marbles, as neither of these teams will make it as a wild card.
I was at the game last night, and it was awesome to see Jimmy Rollins play like, well, Jimmy Rollins. When Brett Myers went down to the minors and then got shelled there, I thought he’d never pitch in the Majors again. But he’s come back and been awesome. Sure, we all wish we had gotten CC Sabathia, and it’s frustrating that our ownership TOTALLY F****** BLOWS, but Joe Blanton has been a decent if not spectacular acquisition (read: he’s better than Adam Eaton). And Jamie Moyer, wow, has been nothing short of phenomenal. But I think the bottom line is this: If J-Roll and Utley get hot in the last month of the season then the Phils win the pennant. If they continue to hit like they have the last three months, the Mets take it. I really think it’s that simple. Your thoughts?