1. Analysts like to point out the unpredictability of short series as a means of controlling expectations, both of the accuracy of their picks and the success of any one team in October. A week, 10 days of baseball leaves all kinds of room for the unexpected, and the winner of a best-of-five or or best-of-seven series is often just a matter of whose "unexpected" is better.
2. Can you be both the world champions and the chokiest chokers who ever did choke? Ruiz's dribbler down the third-base line in the ninth inning was just the Phillies' second base hit with a runner in scoring position in the three World Series games. Their 2-for-32 mark features two infield singles and just one runner driven in -- that being
3. One of the game's least valid conventions is declaring a player to be out of a slump with one hit.
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5. Phillies fans, your chant of "Eeeeeevaaaaa!" during