Wake up. It’s time for the Phillies to make history.
The wait is over. Not another pixel of digital ink needs to be spilled to build excitement for what's about to happen 10 hours from now. The starting rotations were set yesterday afternoon, the first piece of real news in days, so we know the Phillies will need to get through left-hander Scott Kazmir in Game 1 first. Kazmir will be followed by James Shields on Thursday, ALCS MVP Matt Garza in Saturday’s Game 3 in Philadelphia, followed by Andy Sonnanstine on Sunday, leaving Kazmir, Shields and Garza available for Games 5, 6 and 7, if necessary.
As of this writing, Charlie Manuel hasn’t decided on a Game 1 designated hitter, though the Phillies’ skipper has indicated it would not be a left-handed hitter like Greg Dobbs, Matt Stairs or Geoff Jenkins. Chris Coste is seen as a strong possibility, although using him in the role would risk forfeiting the DH should Carlos Ruiz get hurt, plus, Coste is rather rusty. Eric Bruntlett could start in left and allow Pat Burrell to DH, although there's some trepidation over Burrell's past performance as a DH. Playoff veteran So Taguchi is also viewed as a possibility. As they get closer to game time, the suggestion is Manuel is still waiting for a sign and will go with his gut later today.