A few late-night thoughts, for those of you laying in bed thinking about Brad Lidge's postseason role, Cole Hamels' Hall of Fame chances and Shane Victorino's views on revenge.
Brad Lidge: What role is he going to play on this team in the postseason? I can envision a scenario in which he is pitching in the 8th/9th inning by the time the playoffs roll around. I can also envision a scenario in which he isn't on the playoff roster. It will probably be somewhere in between, but Lidge truly is a wild card for this team over the next 2+ months.
Hall of Fame: CSNPhilly.com had an interesting poll question today: Which current Phillies homegrown player has the best chance to make the HOF. The choices were Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Cole Hamels. I think you can make a case for each of them being the right answer. Two years ago, Utley probably would have been my pick, but not anymore. Howard, in my opinion, got started too late to have a realistic shot, though he might get a sniff when all is said and done. Rollins won't make it, but he might get closer than the other guys: If you watch him every day, you know that he's no HOFer, but he's viewed as an outstanding defensive shortstop with good offensive numbers. In all, J-Roll has three Gold Gloves, three All-Star berths, an MVP, a World Series title, and perhaps just as importantly, a great relationship with the media. But for me, the right answer has to be Hamels. He's just 27 years old and while he's got lightyears to go to reach Cooperstown, he's got 72 wins, a realistic chance to win the Cy Young Award for each of the next 4-5 years, and a terrific postseason resume to this point. None of the four are likely, in my opinion, but I'd give Hamels the best chance. Still, it's a great debate. FWIW, Utley was the leading vote getter.
Giants series: The Phillies are heading into their set with the Giants looking for wins, but not revenge, per se. "Revenge would be bringing the trophy back to Philadelphia," Shane Victorino said. "That's how I look at it."