As of now, the Phillies still do not know which team they’ll face in the NLDS starting Wednesday. This, after Atlanta took the finale, 8-7, to keep their season alive.
In what was a wild game that saw the Phillies use Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt, and Joe Blanton, the Phillies were unable to finish off a comeback from an 8-2 deficit. In the end, the Braves turned it on with their backs against the wall and pounded the likes of Danys Baez, J.C. Romero and Blanton, while the Phillies seemingly used their entire 40-man roster. Atlanta absolutely needed to win, especially with this being Bobby Cox final regular season game as manager.
The Phillies were given a couple of injury scares in a meaningless game. Carlos Ruiz was hit by a pitch on the elbow and was taken out of the game. X-rays were negative, and according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Ruiz thinks he should be OK to go for Wednesday – so breathe a sigh of relief. Also, J.C. Romero left with a tight lower back, he too should be fine for the start of the NLDS.
So, about Wednesday. We’ll soon know what happens with the Padres and Giants game and once that game is through, the Phillies will know if they’ll have an opponent or if they’ll have to wait until tuesday.
As far as the postseason roster is concerned, the Phillies don’t have to make any decision until Wednesday at 10 a.m.
We’ll update this post when the Giants/Padres game is over.
UPDATE, 8:15 pm: The Phillies will play the Cincinnati Reds in the NLDS after the Giants dispatched the Padres, 3-0, to win the NL West.
Game 1 will begin at 5:07 p.m. on Wednesday. Game 2 on Friday starts at 6:07 p.m. More coming here on PhilliesNation.com!