MLB: NL Playoffs – First Round


Here are the playoff match ups and dates for the National League. During the final 4 hour and 40 minute extra inning tie-breaker, Colorado (winners of 14 of the last 15) overcame a two-run deficit to beat the San Diego Padres in the bottom of the 13th inning. Great game!

The First Round Match Ups:

Phillies vs. Rockies


  • Games 1 and 2 at Philadelphia, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Games 3 and 4 (if necessary) at Colorado, Saturday Oct. 6 and Sunday Oct. 7.
  • Game 5 (if necessary) at Philadelphia, Tuesday Oct. 9.

Chicago vs. Arizona


  • Games 1 and 2 at Arizona, Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Game 3 and Game 4 (if necessary) at Chicago, Saturday Oct 6 and Sunday Oct. 7.
  • Game 5 (if necessary) at Arizona, Tuesday October 9th.

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What happened is that either MLB and/or TBS made a judgment that Boston (on Wed.) and the Yanks (on Thurs.) will generate better ratings in the prime East Coast timeslot – the 6:30 game – than the Phils would. The 10:00 timeslot goes to the series being played on the West Coast (D’backs v. Cubs).

So, Phils/Rocks are left with the worst timeslot available. You’d like to think that for the benefit of the fans of those two teams, game two would get the 6:30 slot to offset game 1 being in the worst timeslot. But, as with most things, this is all about the money.

Anyway, as a Phils fan, I was rooting for the Pads last night. Colorado is so friggin’ hot right now and they match up pretty well with the Fightins’. That said, I like the Phils’ chances (especially with Eaton out of the rotation).


Probably the same genius who chose TBS to be the broadcaster…the announcers last night were terrible. At least have one guy in the booth who knows more about the game then just reading stats that the producer hands them. If this is what is in store for the rest of the playoffs, be happy to listen to the broadcast on the radio at work.


Who at MLB is the marketing genius to schedule the Rockies/Phils game at 3pm on Wed and Thurs?

Wouldn’t it make more sense to have that on when kids can get home from school & adults get home from work?

Not sure what will happen with this series, since the Rockies are much like the Phils – good batting power and a questionable bullpen.

Playing in Denver is much like playing in Philly, since both are hitters ballparks.

Phils have the advantage of being fresh an extra day, and not playing in a 13 inning grindout. I think the Phils will (hopefully) get the early jump on Colorado by winning the first two at home. Phils were 47-34 home and 42-39 away. If they can win the first two at home, I think they can get 1 of 2 at Colorado.

Phils in 4.