Phillies Oppponent In NLDS Still A Mystery
The Phillies must wait to see who they will face in the NLDS round until the Giants vs. Padres series is wrapped up. The Giants only need to win one game against the Padres, and they will win the divison in the NL West. The Phillies team got to pick which NLDS playoff schedule it was going to play by virtue of having the best record, and Charlie Manuel opted for the longer series of the two possible choices, which is an 8 day total NLDS, if it goes all five games.
If the Reds continue to win, they won't be the team that the Phillies have to face in the first round, and the Reds have been one of the hottest teams in baseball this year. They remind me of the 2008 Phillies, the team doesn't have a lot of million dollar ball players, but they all play well together and have done so well all year. One thing is for sure, Game 1 and 2 of the series with the Phillies will be in Philadelphia on October 6th and 8th. All the games for the Division Series will be on television and broadcast by TBS. A Game 5 in this Division Series would return to be played in Philadelphia.
NLDS Opponents Schedule
The two division winners with the best records will host Games 1, 2 and 5. The wildcard team and the lowest division winner will host Games 3 and 4. The matchups for the series will be the NL team with the best record vs. the NL wildcard team and The NL division winner with the 2nd best record vs. The NL division winner with the third best record. If, however the NL team with the best record is from the same division as the wildcard team, the matchup will be the most winning division champion vs. least winning division champion in one series and the wildcard team facing the 2nd most winning division champion in the other series.
Who is on the NLDS Phillies roster?
Spirited debate is starting on who the Phillies should carry for the first round of the playoffs. At Todd Zolecki's MLB blog - he favors 11 pitchers and a toss up for the bench spot with Greg Dobbs or Domonic Brown. This weekend's series in Atlanta will give the Phillies plenty of time to decide who is in and who isn't. I think Dobbs will be the odd man out, due to his horrible year, but you never know. Dobbs did come through for the Phillies before, so we still may see him on the roster.
Fox Sports will use 'flying cameras' for coverage during the playoffs and World Series as reported by the Yahoo Sports blog Big League Stew. This doesn't sound like that great of an idea. Especially since these items tend to get in the path of flying baseballs. Nonetheless, the Fox Sports crew will be testing the cams this weekend in Atlanta for the Phillies vs. Atlanta series. It's been said that the series in Atlanta is not all that meaningful to the Phillies, but it really is. The Phillies would like to sweep the Braves out of the Wild Card spot if they can, and take them out of the playoff picture, of course the Padres would have to win also. So it will still be an interesting watch this weekend to see what happens with the Braves and the Padres.
Earlier start to Game 3 of the World Series announced by Fox and MLB
The MLB announced that Game 3 of this year's World Series will start earlier to allow the game to be viewed in prime time and that it would end earlier, allowing a younger fan base to stay up to watch it. The game time is moved up to 6:57 PM for the scheduled Saturday, October 30th game.