New Season Starts Wednesday

The long marathon of a baseball season for the Phillies ended yesterday in Atlanta.  Now, it becomes a sprint of three different seasons. 

For the first time in franchise history, the Phillies topped the major leagues in wins.  Yep, the 97 wins are the majors’ best but not the club record.  That record belongs to the 1976 and 1977 Phillies, who won 101 each year.  Unfortunately, the Phillies didn’t advance to the World Series in either of those years.

The Phillies’ first sprint, a best-of-5 series, begins on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park against the Cincinnati Reds.  More about the Reds tomorrow.

Charlie’s got his starters three lined up–Halladay, Oswalt, Hamels–in the first three games.  The trio has been tabbed H2O.  Among the many neat souvenirs for sale in the Majestic Clubhouse Store is a black H2O t-shirt with photos of the three starters.

Chooch will see the Phillies doctor today for a follow up to his injured left elbow.  He was hit by a pitch yesterday in his first at-bat and left the game. Ruiz wound up leading the club with a .302 average, the first Phillies catcher to lead the club since Mike Lieberthal hit .313 in 2003.

Today is a day off for the players.  Tuesday, the Phillies will work out at Citizens Bank Park at 1 p.m. (closed to the public).  The Reds will most likely follow.  They had to wait until the Padres-Giants game in San Francisco yesterday to finalize their plans.

Phillies clubhouse will be closed to the media pre-workout but open for an hour afterward.  As is customary for the postseason, there will be an interview room set up in the Media Room.  Doc is scheduled for 12 noon tomorrow with Charlie to follow.  The Reds will be later.

This Date in Phillies Postseason History
1950     WS # 1 at Connie Mack Stadium: Because Robin Roberts started four times in the last eight games, manager Eddie Sawyer surprised everyone by naming relief ace Jim Konstanty the starter.  Konstanty allowed one run over eight innings but Vic Raschi blanked the Phillies on two singles for a 1-0 Yankees win.
1977 NLCS # 1 at LA: Greg Luzinski’s booming two-run homer gave the Phillies a first-inning lead over the Dodgers but Ron Cey’s grand slam off Steve Carlton tied it in the seventh.  Singles by Bake McBride, Larry Bowa and Mike Schmidt produced two ninth-inning runs and a 7-5 win. 
1978     NLCS # 1 at Veterans Stadium: Steve Garvey’s three-run homer triggered a four-run third.  Dodgers won, 9-5, as reliever Bob Welch allowed only one run over 4.1 innings.
1983     NLCS # 1 at LA: Mike Schmidt homered as the third batter of the game and Steve Carlton (7.2 IP) and Al Holland (1.1) combined to blank the Dodgers on seven singles, 1-0.

2007 NLDS # 2 at Citizens Bank Park: Jimmy Rollins hit a lead-off homer and a second-inning triple that gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead over the Rockies in NLDS game #2.  Colorado rebounded with 4-run innings in the fourth (Kazuo Matsui’s grand slam) and sixth en route to a 10-5 win.

2008 NLDS #3 at Milwaukee: Brewers narrowed the series to 2-1 by picking up a 4-1 win in their first postseason home game since 1982



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