PHILADELPHIA -- Chase Utley has such a short and compact swing, it is a mild surprise every time he slumps.
But his current slump comes at a most inopportune time.
He is hitting .158 (3-for-19) with three walks, two strikeouts, three stolen bases and four runs scored in the National League Championship Series against the Giants. He is hitting just .182 with one home run and four RBIs in his last nine postseason games, dating to Game 6 of the 2009 World Series.
"It's consistency in his swing right now," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Saturday before Game 6. "He hasn't found his real good timing and his rhythm and balance. He's what I call a 'technique hitter.' He doesn't feel like he's right. And it kind of looks that way. But he might find it tonight. I'm pulling for him to find it tonight, OK?"