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Thursday, August 28, 2008

See Saw

If you look up the word in a contemporary dictionary, one example would be the Phillies-Mets' race to determine who will win the NL East. Two nights ago, the Phillies came back from a 7-0 deficit to defeat the Mets, 8-7, in 13 innings. Last night, their bullpen was depleted (relievers went 9 innings the night before). As a result, the home team had to use end-of-career man Rudy Seanez as their set-up man in the eighth, and when Seanez faltered after two outs, they brought in closer Brad Lidge, who made things worse. The 'pen turned a 3-2 lead after 7 into a 6-3 loss. The Mets now lead the NL East by a half game.

This one will go down to the wire.

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