Rematch vs. Revenge
The two teams that met in the 2010 NLCS are meeting for the first time in 2011, a three-game series at sold-out Citizens Bank Park starting tonight.
It definitely is a rematch. Revenge? Not exactly. Revenge would come if the Phillies got the NLCS trophy from the Giants in the fall and that’s a long way away.
Seven of the Phillies next 13 games are against the Giants. The other four come in the first August weekend, a Thursday to Sunday series that includes a FOX national telecast on Saturday, August 6.
Tonight’s game and Thursday night’s game will be televised regionally on the MLB Network. Wednesday night, ESPN will carry the game to some markets.
So far this season, the Eastern Divisions appear to be supplying two teams each to the postseason as the Braves and Yankees have the second-best records in the National League and American League respectively. The Giants are on top of the Western Division pack. If the season ended today, they would be playing the Braves, while the Phillies will tangle with the Central winner. But, that’s putting the horse way ahead of the cart.
Down On The Farm
Clean sweep . . . Lehigh Valley beat Columbus, 4-1, RHS Nate Bump (3-6) working 7 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits . . . 3B Carlos Rivero’s 3rd RBI of the game, a sacrifice fly in the bottom ninth to lift Reading to a 5-4 win over Altoona . . . LF Darin Ruf homered (#11) for the 3rd straight game in Clearwater’s 5-4 win over Bradenton . . . OF Anthony Hewitt, who stole 5 bases last week, added his 26th in Lakewood’s 3-1 win over Augusta, RHS David Buchanan (11-5) pitching 8 shutout innings . . . LHS Lino Mrtinez (4-2) picked up the win as Williamsport won, 4-3, at Connecticut . . . LHS Ethan Stewart (3-1) fanned 9 in 7 shutout innings (2 hits) as the Gulf Coast League Phillies blanked Detroit, 3-0.
Roy Oswalt will start at Lehigh Valley on Wednesday vs. Pawtucket . . . Polly is close to beginning a rehab start.
Ruben will have his weekly conference call with his staff and pro scouts on Wednesday morning. Wonder what they will be discussing?