The first game of the National League Division Series between the Phillies and the Brewers gets underway in Philadelphia at 3 PM Eastern. That will be 2 PM Central where I am. I'll be recording the game on my DVR at home and avoiding the Internet and radios until I get home from work to watch the recording.
The Phillies are starting Cole Hamels. Hamels was 14-10 this season with a 3.09 ERA. He was 1-1 against the Brewers, his win coming during the 4-game sweep of the Brewers in Milwaukee in mid-September.
This card is a 2008 UD A Piece of History Timeless Moments Jersey that I got in a trade with another baseball card blogger.
Yovani Gallardo will be starting for the Brewers. Gallardo, a 2nd year player, was 0-0 in 4 starts this season, with a respectable ERA of 1.88. He apparently did not pitch against the Phillies this year.
This card is a 2008 Topps Chrome Refractor which I don't actually own anymore. I traded it to a Brewers fan earlier in the season.
Other Phillies news. Reliever Brad Lidge who was 41 for 41 in save attempts this year, was named the NL Comeback Player of the Year. Lidge, who seemed to go into a 2-year funk after giving up a game-winning home run in Game 5 of the 2005 World Series while pitching for the Astros, made the most of a change of uniform.
Post Game Update: The Phillies won 3-1. Cole Hamels pitched a great game, giving up only 2 hits while striking out 9. Lidge got the save. He struck out the side in the 9th but also gave up 2 hits and a walk but only 1 run. The Brewers pitchers actually pitched pretty well but were done in by shoddy defense (an error in the 3rd which lead to all the scoring) and too many walks (including 3 in the 3rd).
Tomorrow's game features Sabathia for the Brewers, pitching on 3-days rest (now I understand why he didn't pitch tonight). C. C. was 11-2 after coming over to the Brewers. Brett Myers will be making his first post-season start for the Phillies.