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For One Night, He Wasn't Werth So Much

From Tom Heleba:

I would imagine that Game 3 can't get here soon enough for Phillies right fielder Jayson Werth. And given the dicey weather forecast in Philadelphia, he probably will have to sit around an extra day, thinking about a game he would just assume forget as soon as possible.

On a night of mistakes and missed opportunities, Werth was a culprit on both sides. Yes, he made a terrific throw to cut down Rocco Baldelli at home plate in the third inning to keep Game 2 of the World Series within reach. But it was his error in the first inning that aided the Rays, who scored a pair of runs on RBI groundouts after Werth's gaffe allowed two runners to move up a base. Werth was just as bad at the plate, striking out in the third with a runner on third and less than two outs, and striking out again in the seventh with a runner on second and one out.

But his most egregious mistake came in the fifth. After singling up the middle to put runners on first and second with one out and giving Philadelphia yet another chance at pushing across a run, Werth got himself caught in no-man's land on a soft liner to right by Chase Utley. Werth was doubled off first base, killing another rally.

It's rather remarkable the Phillies actually won a game in St. Petersburg when you consider they are 1 for 28 with runners in scoring position. That said, they could just as easily be up 2-0 if Werth had managed to be productive in one of the above situations.

By Jon DeNunzio  |  October 24, 2008; 10:43 AM ET
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You guys need to get the IT people to fix your RSS feed. It hasn't updated since Dave's "I'm Out" posting. I was wondering why the Game 2 Line-ups never showed up in my reader queue.

Posted by: ilikeike | October 24, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

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