Phillies fans will be rushing home from work to catch the game on television (TBS), listening to it on the radio, or pushing work aside and following the game on the Internet beginning at 3 o'clock this afternoon. Personally, I'll be arriving home just in time to hopefully catch some of the 1st inning. I love baseball, I love the Phillies, and I love that they're in the playoffs.
Cole Hamels gets the starting honors in Game 1 of the NLDS just as he did last season against the Rockies. WSBGM's was at the ballpark last year and remember the deflated feeling of watching Hamels labor through the game. This year he has experience under his belt and is poised to pitch big in a big game. Jimmy, Chase, and Ryan will be there to support him with some offense against young Yovani Gallardo and the Brewers.
ESPN.com reports that Pat Burrell had to cut yesterday's workout short due to discomfort in his back. The Bat is a crucial member of this offense, especially with Jayson Werth roaming full-time out in right field now, and the fact that the Brewers best starter (CC Sabathia) is a lefty (Burrell .279/.951 against lefties). You're our boy Burrell, you're our boy!
Brad Lidge picked up the 1st award of the offseason, garnering NL Comeback Player of the Year. Lidge was a perfect 41-41 in save opportunities and is a darkhorse for the Cy Young Award as well due to his efforts.