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Monday, October 3, 2011
Cliff Lee no longer unbeatable in playoffs

By David Schoenfield


Now that was a baseball game.

I just hope you didn't turn it off after three innings with the Phillies up 4-0 and Cliff Lee cruising along, thinking it was over, turning the channel to that sport where big fat guys bump into each other. If you did, you missed a Cardinals comeback, a violent home-plate collision, another bang-bang play at the plate, Tony La Russa bringing in Arthur Rhodes to face Ryan Howard this time and the sound of silence from 46,575 Philadelphians.

Here's what you may have missed:
So now we look ahead to Game 3. Cole Hamels, ace No. 3 goes for Philly; Jaime Garcia for the Cardinals. Garcia has some interesting splits: 2.55 ERA at home, 4.61; .230 average allowed at home, .313 on the road. Oddly, his strikeout/walk ratio is actually a little better on the road. Maybe it's just a fluke and the law of averages haven't evened out yet.

What will happen? It's the postseason. We cannot predict.