Dobbs has a .250 average with a .346 on-base percentage in 44 at-bats coming off the bench, and is hitting .281 overall.He owes his pinch-hitting acumen to former big leaguer Dave Hansen, who accumulated 702 plate appearances in that role during a 15-year career, two of which were spent with Dobbs in Seattle. "[Hansen] taught me that you can be the hero or the goat, but you have to handle it the same way after the fact," Dobbs said. "You can't let it get you down and you can't get too high on it. You have to understand that the best [pinch]-hitters in the game might hit .230. He helped me understand how to handle the role, and I watched him have success. He had done it so well for so long. He and Lenny Harris were the best." Dobbs is also helped by playing in the National League, where pinch-hitters are more often used, and by the fact that he starts often enough to keep him fresh. "In Seattle, I might go five, six days without an at-bat, and then boom, go face [Yankees closer] Mariano Rivera," Dobbs said. "That's tough. The more time between at-bats, the harder it is to stay focused. I know that here I have a chance to get an at-bat in every game, and I've never experienced that. That's the beauty of the National League." Quotable: "I still had some gas. I was running on diesel. It doesn't run as fast, but it lasts longer. Pete Laforest, on his jaunt from first to home on Jimmy Rollins' eighth-inning triple Philling in: Fans can register online at Phillies.com for a chance to buy potential playoff tickets for games at Citizens Bank Park. The deadline to register for the Division Series is Sept. 19 at noon. Registration will continue for the LCS and World Series. This will be the only public method of distribution for NLDS, NLCS, and World Series tickets. Shane Victorino showed up Sunday with a Mohawk, much to the delight of his teammates. Abraham Nunez suggested that the team should follow suit if they made the playoffs, then quickly came to his senses.
Coming up: Adam Eaton, who opposes lefty Oliver Perez in the final game of the series on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET, has been a major disappointment this season. But he's been a superstar against the Mets, going 2-0 with a 2.89 ERA in three outings vs. New York this season and 5-0 with a 2.08 ERA for his career. If he continues that trend, he'll help his teammates pull closer to their NL East rivals.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.