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Phillies-Cardinals: Is a Comeback Necessarily a Positive Thing?

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 01:  Members of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrate after defeating the Houston Astros 5-4 during opening day at Citizens Bank Park on April 1, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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JohnContributor IIIJune 22, 2011

Last night, the Phillies looked spectacular. Is last night a good example to go by for the rest of the series?

If so, is that a good thing or not?

The Phillies have two games left against the Cardinals. Tonight's match up is Kyle Lohse vs. Cliff Lee. Lee is 7-5 with a 3.12 ERA  and Lohse is 7-3 with a 2.88 ERA.  

They are close to being evenly matched, although Lee has recently been doing great and Lohse has been slumping a little.

Last night, the Phillies were down 2-1 in the eighth, and came back to score nine runs in the top of the inning. If that is anything to go by—which it may not be—the Phillies might play like that again tonight.  

But if they do, will they win again?  Probably more importantly, if they play this way in the postseason, will they make it far? 

It seems the obvious answer is that I'm crazy; they scored nine runs in one inning and won 10-2. Their pitching was good and their offense was, too.

But the thing that worries me, and I know this sounds strange, is their hitting.

Their hitting was obviously good in the eighth, but throughout the first seven innings they scored one run (which, in fact, was not scored until the seventh). They weren't doing so good until then.

I don't know about you, but their lack of offense kind of worries me.

Their offense has been inconsistent to some degree for the past while. On Sunday, for instance, they were shut out against a .500 pitcher. 

Last night, they suddenly sparked up and tore through the Cardinals pitching. If they are in the same situation again, however, will they still get that spark?  And if they don't, will they lose?

There may not be too many instances in which the Phillies do score nine runs in one inning. Last night, they only had to score two to get the go-ahead, but they were lucky that their pitching had held the Cards offense.

I know that last night's game seems reassuring because their offense scored ten runs. I think that's great.  

But what isn't so good is that they were already in that situation. They had scored only one run until then.  

On that matter, is it good when teams make a great comeback near the end of the game? Isn't it bad that they were in that situation in the first place?

I know I'm questioning some of the founding fan principals of baseball, a comeback is great. But is it?

If this does happen to occur again, will the Phillies be able to repeat this? I know-so many questions.

Knowing the Phillies, however, there's probably nothing to be worried about.    

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