Raul Ibanez is reportedly confirmed as the Game 1 designated hitter. Aside from that, the news gathering scene surrounding the Phillies is deader than a doornail.
We’re doing our best, folks. Somehow, it’s easier to produce content in the dead of winter than it is two days from a Phillies/Yankees World Series. These pressers (the second-hand source upon which this great site is founded) have been useless for anything other than very general news gathering by out-of-town scribes nobody on Beerleaguer would bother reading. It must be difficult for our local heroes - Lauber, Zolecki, Finger, Murphy, Martino, Lawrence, and the rest - to uncover the scoops hardcore fans care about, and by that, I mean Antonio Bastardo news. By way of updates, Charlie Manuel says the Phillies will settle on their roster soon, but it seems the inclusion of Brett Myers may be the only variable. Meanwhile, J.A. Happ will stay in the bullpen; between late-season injuries and readjusting to relief, Happ’s been leaking oil for over a month. The Game 2 starter remains a mystery, although Raul Ibanez will indeed serve as the DH in Game 1. Elsewhere, the Yankees are nearly unanimous favorites on ESPN.com, but it should come as no surprise the Phillies are earning all the respect closer to home.
Besides Mariano Rivera, I just don’t understand what the Yankees have brought to the postseason that the Phillies haven’t that would make this series so one-sided in the eyes of analysts.