Cy Young front-runner Jake Peavy leads the Padres as they travel to Colorado to take on the hard-charging Rockies tonight in a one-game playoff to determine the NL wild card.
Preview: The debate has begun as to which outcome presents the most favorable match-up for the Phillies. If San Diego wins, the Phillies could face Peavy only once. If the Rockies win, the Phillies run into the buzzsaw. So I’d rather get the Padres.
The buzzsaw thing could be silenced in one inning if the Phils put five runs on the board and start breaking spirits. The Phils can hit anyone, but I don’t like their chances at withstanding a shootout, which is what they could get with Colorado. The bullpen had an excellent September, but I’m doubtful they have enough guys, or the right guys, to endure the 8, 10, 12-run games Colorado can produce. More to the point, I don’t like that the Phillies' most recent tune-ups came against St. Louis, Atlanta and Washington twice. Besides Atlanta, they’ve seen below-average hitting lately. Someone like Jamie Moyer will not be able to breeze through Colorado’s right-handed hitters, including NL Player of the Month Matt Holliday, quite as easily as he did yesterday. The Padres can be more easily tamed. Keep the scoring reasonably low and hope to bludgeon the opposition with slugging and speed. That's probably the key for the Phillies' entire post-season.
Game time is 7:37 p.m. Josh Fogg starts for Colorado. The winner advances to play the NL East champions, who are, at last check, your Philadelphia Phillies.
Phillies playoff schedule announced: Taking Mike Cunningham’s advice from the last thread, now is the time to take care of personal duties to cover yourself for the start of the post-season. The Phillies draw consecutive 3 p.m. start times for Games 1 and 2, disappointing news for working stiffs like us. Once you’ve finished, stop by the grocery store for some Folgers to get set for the weekend.
Game Matchup Day Date Time ET TV
Gm 1 TBD @ PHI Wed Oct. 3 3 pm TBS
Gm 2 TBD @ PHI Thu Oct. 4 3 pm TBS
Gm 3 PHI @ TBD Sat Oct. 6 9:30 pm TBS
Gm 4* PHI @ TBD Sun Oct. 7 10 pm TBS
Gm 5* TBD @ PHI Tue Oct. 9 6:30 pm TBS
Cole Hamels is scheduled to pitch Wednesday. He is better in night games, but the margin is shrinking. As for big games, his last one wasn't shabby: Thirteen strikeouts, eight innings, no runs. He faced the Padres once this season, losing to fellow All-Star Chris Young despite limiting San Diego to one run and two hits over seven frames. He has never pitched against Colorado.
Howard honored: Ryan Howard, who led the National League with five home runs and 11 RBI, was named NL Player of the Week. Howard also led the NL with a 1.095 slugging percentage and 23 total bases.