Sunday, October 02, 2005

Too much to ask

The Phillies did their part, sweeping the Nationals and putting themselves in position to play Monday for the wild-card berth.

But it was too much to expect the Chicago Cubs, who had nothing to play for, to sweep the Astros in Houston.

And so it goes. Another baseball season comes and goes with no playoffs in Philadelphia.

Many fans will be happy that the Phils were in it to the end. More of you will be upset that this season ended as so many others have.

In the office tonight, we were looking back to games that the Phillies should have won that could have turned the tide. Obviously, the biggest one was against the Astros on Sept. 7, when the Phillies blew a 6-5 lead in the ninth on a Craig Biggio two-out, three-run homer off Billy Wagner. It completed a three-game sweep and was the Phillies 12th straight loss to Houston.

If you feel like tormenting yourselves some more, send me a list of other games the Phils should have won. If not, tell me what moves the Phillies need to make this off-season and we will do a poll in the Sports section to rank their priority.

In the meantime, the Flyers are ready for your support.