A little post-regular, pre-post odds and ends:
- You’ve all heard by now that Cole Hamels will start game one of the NLDS.
He’s the ace. I don’t care what anyone says about Jamie Moyer. Look, this kid kept his ERA below 3.50 all season. He’s one of the top-five arms in the National League. He’s the ace, and he deserves game one.
- Shane Victorino is OK.
Another one you’ve probably heard. He took a bang to his shin in Saturday’s clincher, but will be good to go for the NLDS. We need him. Big time.
- Greg Golson has been announced for the Florida Instructional League.
Looks like So Taguchi is on the playoff roster. The only question is JA Happ or Rudy Seanez, and I’m pretty sure Seanez wins that debate. Happ, as good as he was in his first innings as a Phillie, doesn’t match the tested experience of Rumblin’ Rudy.
- Lou Marson hit his first big-league home run yesterday, and said this :
“It was one of the biggest moments of my life.”
There you go. Hey, I’m psyched for June 1, 2009, when Marson makes his return to Philadelphia. For now, I’m psyched about Wednesday.
- The Phillies had their 50th sellout with Saturday’s clincher. I’d assume Sunday was already a sell-out, putting the number to 51. The fan total: 3,422,583.
I’m happy to report I comprised eight of that number. Basically, the Phils drew them in this season, and that’s what a first-place team does. The Phils finished fourth in the NL in attendance (after Shea, Dodger and Busch).
- And speaking of attendance, yes, yours truly will be in the game two crowd.
Would’ve gone to game one, but I just can’t take that much time off. Rob Cowie, our expert marketing director, will be at both games. I’m psyched. The last Phillies playoff game I attended? Game three of the 1993 World Series. Bad loss in the rain, but it was my birthday. Great present.