Friday, October 30, 2009
The Phillies didn't get the win in Game 2. And if you look at his line score, (6+ IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 2 HR), you wouldn't think anything more than "Pedro was decent, maybe good, nowhere near great."
But if not for Charlie Manuel, likely inspired by his lack of bullpen quality (the pen blew a would-have-been Pedro win in the NLCS), Pedro would have finished with a line score of:
6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 2 HR
A much much more attractive sequence of numbers.
Pedro wasn't lights out. He wasn't "the same guy we saw 10 years ago." Not even close. But he was good. World Series calibre, for sure. Had AJ Burnett not pitched the game of his life, Pedro could have left the Bronx with his 7th career playoff 'W.'
It might have been Pedro's last game. Probably not, but he barely pitched half a season this year, and will be another year older in 2010. It wasn't a John Elway type of exit, but if this proves to be Pedro's last stand, it was a pretty good one.
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It's not easy to celebrate a 2-1 loss to New Jersey. But compared to the kind of efforts the Bruins have put forth this season, this wasn't so bad. This was a playoff-type game. Tight defensive play (but no trapping, thank God), and the Devils came out on top. But in the long run, the Bruins will win these kinds of games more than they lose them.
Scoring. The Bruins couldn't slap home any loose pucks in front of the net. On most nights, they'd build a 2-0 cushion, but they just couldn't get the blades of their sticks on the puck. And that was their ultimate undoing.
But the Bruins are building good habits. They're playing good games. They're going to be alright.
Bruins host the Oilers Saturday afternoon.
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