For those of you going to the game: Section 107, purple Helton jersey, lopsided red beard, tendency to gesticulate wildly. I don't drink beer, but I wouldn't say no to a Diet Coke from a loyal reader. For those of you watching at home: This looks to me like a classic "don't let them back in" game. Charlie Manuel has been managed to shreds by Clint Hurdle in this series, which is terrifying for Phillies fans but also for Rockies fans for one reason: Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick should be fine to go on short rest, since Manuel pulled both of them way too early in Games 1 and 2. The matchup today of Ubaldo Jimenez, whose fastball movement makes him tougher on lefties than the average rookie righthander, and Jamie Moyer, who doesn't have a fastball, favors the Rockies. Don't... let... them... back... in. That's all there is to it.
Suggested chat topic: Being outmanaged by Clint Hurdle in a playoff series is like losing to _____ in a _____ contest. Winner gets one slightly used pushbroom that works fine for sweeping but doesn't have the right look for waving around during a baseball game.