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Nats @ Phils: One Up with Three to Play

Sep 26, 2008, 5:16 PM EDT

rain man, originally uploaded by nardell

As if the final weekend of the baseball’s regular season wasn’t crazy enough, Mother Nature decides to throw us a curve ball. The forecast is calling for pretty much the entire east coast to be wet. Baseball games need to be played so hat means the teams will try to have to play through the rain so bring your ponchos down to the ball park.

There’s been some negativity floating around the Phillies this past week. Sure, they’ve stumbled a bit approaching the finish line while the two chasing them are picking up some speed. But we’re still in first, we still control our own fate. They need to give that last kick and cross first.

Joe Blanton’s acquisition has been unremarkable. A win tonight and his mid-season addition will be totally validated. It’s amazing what a win on the final weekend can do for a guy’s confidence as well as fans feelings about them.

If they don’t get the job done, they don’t deserve a spot in the post season.

With three left, they face the familiar Nationals. The team they faced when Brett Myers threw his glove high into the South Philly sky last year after clinching on the final day of the season. I’m looking forward to seeing just how high Brad Lidge’s glove will reach.