The Phillies and Dodgers resume playing baseball after Buzz-gate, the much ado about two total hit batsmen on two soft breaking balls in three games. For some reason saying that apparently offends Dodger fans like stealing Chad Kreuter's cap.
Here's a quick tally of where we are as I gird my loins for another postseason Joe Blanton start. All of these are based on 7-game postseason series:
Teams that start 2-0, win the series 81% of the time (54-13).
Teams that start 2-0 at home, win 76% of the time (32-10).
OK, I feel pretty good, but let's add game three in
Teams that start 2-0 at home and then lose game three on the road, win 67% of the time (18-9).
Now, to game four
Teams that start 2-0 at home, lose game three on the road, and win game four on the road, win the series 82% of the time (9-2).
Teams that start 2-0 at home, lose game three on the road, and lose game four on the road, win the series just 56% of the time (9-7).
So where does this leave us? Joe Blanton better pitch one heckuva game especially with the pen hurting after Moyer's meltdown yesterday. So far, aside from a fastball to Loney with way too much of the plate (Ruiz was standing to receive it for god's sack), he's been okay.