10/27/2008 10:38 AM ET
Chase Utley: Game 5 just like any other
Second baseman to treat potential clincher like another game
Being at home and playing in front of a home crowd has really given us a lift. The crowd is more intense, and it gives you a little more adrenaline. We've been playing all year at Citizens Bank Park, so we're comfortable with the scene here. I'm glad we're here.
You can definitely feel the energy out there. It's good, positive energy. For the opposing team, not so much. It's an advantage for us.
Our offense came alive tonight and Jimmy Rollins is a big part of that. He's huge. When he gets on base, he creates a lot of opportunity. He can steal a base or go first to third. He can score from first, so the more times he's on base, the better opportunity we have to win.
Then, when Ryan begins swinging like he did tonight, he can do a lot of damage in a hurry. It was fun to watch him.
Big Joe Blanton was outstanding, too. He was pounding the strike zone and keeping them off balance a little bit and going right after the Rays hitters. Obviously, the home run he hit was big, too. It was nice to see that.
We're in good position and we're happy with the situation we're in but certainly not taking anything for granted. The Rays are a very good ballclub. We're going to treat Game 5 just like all the rest of the games of the Series.
Our goal is to prepare to win. It's no different than any other game. It's pretty simple, really. I don't know how many games we've played this season, but this one will be just like the rest in terms of preparation.
We have confidence in Cole Hamels. He's been pitching well all season long, so we'll go about our business just like every other game. He'll put his game plan together, we'll put ours together and we'll go out and try to execute.
All-Star second baseman Chase Utley batted .292 with 33 homers and 104 RBIs this season and is playing in his first World Series.