Monday 7:10 - Cliff Lee v. Randall Delgado
Tuesday 7:10 - Roy Oswalt v. Derek Lowe
Wednesday 7:10 - Cole Hamels v. Tim Hudson
Their Michael Martinez:
Jason Hayward - The next A-Rod has looked like the next... Hensley Muelens? I know the kid is young and he has an extremely bright future and comparing him to Michael Martinez is quite unfair, but the Braves were counting heavily on this young man and his .228 average .712 OPS are a huge disappointment.
Their Danys Baez:
Derek Lowe - Sixteen losses and a 4.92 ERA. His September ERA is 8.24. That's enough to drive a man to drink... and maybe drive.
What 2 Watch 4:
- John Bowker is now 0-12. Can he go hitless with the Phils?
- Michael Martinez is hitting .199. He needs one hit in his next 4 at-bats to equal Mendoza. Otherwise we might mock him. Maybe.
- The Braves' lead on the Wild Card is down to one game over the Cardinals. The Brewers lead the Diamondbacks by one game for the #2 seed. The Phillies would play the Cardinals if they win the Wild Card. If the Braves hold on, the Phils will open with the #3 seed.
I rank the Phillies possible opponents this way:
Since the Phils cannot play the Braves, I'm going to root for the Phils to sweep the Braves and have the Cardinals win the Wild Card. Chris Carpenter is scheduled to pitch the final game of the season. The NLDS would start three days later with game two following the next day. So, if the Phils play the Cardinals, they wouldn't see Chris Carpenter until game three. In the first two games, the Cardinals would have to throw some combination of Jaime Garcia, Kyle Lohse or Edwin Jackson. I like the Phils chances of Halladay/Lee versus those chumps.