Yesterday’s team of destiny will face today's team of destiny, as the Phillies first-round match-up is set following last night’s Colorado Rockies' win over the San Diego Padres.
The NL wild card was decided in a 13th-inning rally off Trevor Hoffman of all people, one of the top closers in history. For the Rockies, it was their 14th win in 15 games. They now move on to the NLDS, tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.
Beerleaguer: If you go back to last night’s post, you can look over the reasons I would have rather faced the Padres, and they're pretty much the same reasons we saw unfold last night. Colorado’s offense can put up big numbers and stretch a pitching staff to the limit. However, you have to like that the Phils will avoid the Padres’ bullpen. They’ve also smacked around Rockies starter Jeff Francis a couple times this season. Francis, the left-hander, is scheduled to start Game 1 against Cole Hamels, who has never faced the Rockies. Both would appear to work in the Phillies’ favor. Kyle Kendrick will go in Game 2, according to the Phillies Web site, and Jamie Moyer is listed for Saturday. Only Francis has been announced for Colorado.
Additional discussion points: Adam Eaton is likely to be omitted from the playoff roster, according to the Inquirer. And if you'd like to get started on another topic: Charlie Manuel was the right man for the job, but is he the right man for the post-season?