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On Biggest Stage, Utley And Howard Must Rise

So far in the postseason, we’ve seen Shane Victorino, Cole Hamels, Pat Burrell, Matt Stairs, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson and a host of others come up huge.

But there’s been some quiet with the two big boys.

Sure, Chase Utley hit better in the National League Championship Series, but that’s not nearly enough.

The World Series is the stage on which the best players do the biggest damage. It’s where legends can be born. And so far in the postseason, Utley and Ryan Howard have yet to do considerable damage:

Utley – .250 / 1 HR / 5 RBI / 5 R
Howard – .258 / 0 HR / 3 RBI / 5 R

It’s about time for the two big bats to unleash their power. Utley and Howard have to lead the charge offensively if the Phils want to win the World Series. Lefty on the mound or not, they have to find a way. And I like their chances in this series. Despite Scott Kazmir in game one and — potentially — game five, the Rays have a bunch of pitchers these guys can hit.

I wrote when the Phillies won the NL East, that Utley and Howard proving clutch is “the stuff of October epic.” Well, here we are, at the October epic. Time to write those chapters, boys.

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