After a HUGE Game One victory, the Phillies take the field this evening trying to solve an even huger puzzle that's been baffling most of the National League this summer -- Brewers starter CC Sabathia.
Sabathia has been nothing short of brilliant since coming to Milwaukee from Cleveland in a June trade (11-2, 1.65 ERA). Tonight's start will be his fourth in a row on three games rest for a Brewers team that has been in "must-win" mode since new manager Dale Sveum took the helm. Fatigue struck Sabathia in last year's American League playoffs, with both New York and Boston hitting him pretty hard at times. Could the Phillies be the beneficiaries here as well?
Enigmatic righty Brett Myers goes for the Phillies. Which Brett will we get? Hopefully the long layoff since his last start has allowed him to recharge his batteries a bit and get his head straight, but his last two starts were just brutal. If Myers is on his game, we could really have a great pitching matchup tonight.
A win tonight gives the Phillies a commanding 2-0 lead heading to Milwaukee, where the Phillies will face Dave Bush and Jeff Suppan. A loss allows Milwaukee to swipe home-field advantage from the Phillies and forces the Phils to win both games in Milwaukee to avoid the prospect of facing Sabathia again in a Game Five finale.