Manager Charlie Manuel will give the ball to his ace of aces in game one of the NLCS on Wednesday. Roy Halladay, the favorite for the Cy Young, leads the most experienced and talented pitching staff into the playoffs where the Phils have won the title the last two seasons.
The New York Yankees will launch their defense of their 2009 World Series Championship at 8:37 p.m. ET Wednesday. The most successful franchise in professional sports will be battling a familiar post season opponent in the home-standing Minnesota Twins who once again championed the Central Division.
This is the way it should be for Atlanta Manager Bobby Cox. A homestand against the dreaded rivals of the Braves, the division winning Philadelphia Phillies, that really means something.
The four teams that will play in the American League playoffs are the Minnesota Twins, the Texas Rangers, the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays.
Let’s get this straight. After Tuesday’s games, the Padres trail the division leading San Francisco Giants by one game. The Colorado Rockies have fallen off the pace and realistically out of the race. The Rockies are 5 games back in the division and 4.5 games back in the wildcard.
Last night, the San Francisco Giants parlayed their 13-0 drubbing of the Cubs with San Diego’s 3-1 loss to the Dodgers to retake first place by a half game in the NL West.
The Oakland Athletics (76-75) and playing like their lives are on the line. And, in the American League West, that is exactly where they stand.
The New York Yankees wasted no time in squaring their season long series with Tampa at 8-8 on Tuesday night. In the friendly confines of the new Yankee Stadium, the sweet swinging Bronx Bombers have hit everything Tampa has thrown at them.
Tonight’s game is one reason the Philadelphia Phillies (90-61) acquired Doc Halladay from Toronto in the off-season. In the midst of a tough pennant drive, Halladay will go for his 20th win against the Atlanta Braves (86-65) before another packed house at Citizens Bank Park.