NEW YORK – The big-picture ramifications will not reveal themselves for weeks, or even months, but over the last couple of days there has been a growing feeling inside the Phillies clubhouse that Yankee Stadium will be known as the site where their 2010 fortunes took a decided turn for the better.
Just 3 days ago, they seemed to find a bottom that even the most pessimistic of observers did not think they could reach, with ace righthander Roy Halladay getting battered by a ferocious Yankees lineup as he and his teammates dropped to just two games above .500. The next two games were scheduled to be started by a pair of pitchers who entered spring training fighting for the fifth spot in the rotation and entered a three-game series against the Yankees having allowed a combined 15 runs in six innings in their most recent starts.
At the beginning of the season, Charlie Manuel might have circled this midweek interleague series on his schedule and labeled it as his team’s first chance to prove his belief that they were better than they played in a six-game loss to the Yankees in last year’s World Series. Instead, you couldn’t have blamed him if he feared it would prove just how far they had fallen.