Game 4: Tampa Bay (Andy Sonnanstine) at Philadelphia (Joe Blanton), 8 p.m. on Fox. The Phillies lead the series 2-1.
In case you were inexplicably sleeping at 1:30 a.m. earlier today, the Phillies won Game 3 with a walk-off infield single when that nutty Joe Maddon walked the bases loaded to get to Carlos Ruiz and then used five infielders. Ruiz hit a 40-footer that Evan Longoria had no play on. He tried to flip it to the catcher while diving and it went over everything.
What happened to the Rays? Team Excitement in the AL playoffs has scored 10 runs in three World Series games. Sonnanstine will be facing the Phillies for the first time. Joe Blanton has a 6.05 ERA against the Rays in eight career starts.
If the Rays don’t win tonight, my “Tampa Bay in six” prediction isn’t going to look too good. But look at it this way, the sooner the Series ends, the sooner CC Sabathia can file for free agency.