Today marks the kickoff of the college football season. Personally, I am not a fan. I played 4 years of college ball getting my head bashed roughly 75 plays a game, so it lost it's appeal over the years. However, I know many of you will be glued to the televisions watching the eleventy-billion games on ESPN/ESPN2/ESPN-OCHO, whatever. Have fun rooting for your team, I'll be busy partaking of Labor Day picnic festivities...beer, food, games, more beer, more food, getting fatter.
Reading through a lot of early predictions for awards and I am noticing many analysts have Roy Halladay as the frontrunner for the NL Cy Young. I agree. Today he needs to shutdown the Brewers and secure himself win #17 and the Phils a chance at tying the Braves for the NL East lead. He'll be opposed by Dave Bush. Two in the bush is worth 1 in the hand...or something like that.
Other key match-ups: Travis Wood/CIN vs. Adam Wainwright/STL, Jair Jurrjens/ATL vs. Josh Johnson/FLA, and Matt Cain/SFG vs. Ted Lilly/LAD.
The Phillies own the best pair of losers in the majors in the form of Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt. Wait, what?! Losers in the sense that they have sub .500 records, that's all. Fact is, Hamels and Oswalt are having terrific seasons aside from their win-loss record. They have combined to go 19-23 with 357.2 ip, 344 k, 3.10 ERA, and 1.13 WHIP. Get these guys some runs!
*Vance Worley pitched only 1 inning in his start for Lehigh Valley last night, meaning the Phils may be leaning towards calling him up and giving him the ball in one of the games of Monday's doubleheader.