Phils prepare to face Brewers in NLDS
In playoffs for first time, Jenkins excited to face former club
PHILADELPHIA -- One television in the Phillies' clubhouse showed the Brewers poised to celebrate, champagne at the ready and Miller Park abuzz with players and front-office personnel.The other showed Shea Stadium set to collapse, with the Mets three outs away from an unwanted season-ending final game that came with what were likely low-key closing ceremonies. Phillies players milled around with equal glances at each screen. A few laughed when Brewers pitcher CC Sabathia was pictured in a "Wild Card Champs" hat -- before the Mets game had ended to make it official. "Oops," said one player. "That can't be good." It didn't serve as a jinx. The Phils' clubhouse stirred when the Mets' Ryan Church, the tying run, drove a Matt Lindstrom pitch to center field, then exhaled when Marlins rookie Cameron Maybin made the catch to end the game. With the Brewers' victory and the Mets' loss, the Phillies will host the Brewers in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET on TBS. Cole Hamels will get the nod for Philadelphia. Milwaukee has not named a starter, though Yovani Gallardo has emerged as a leading candidate.
For Game 2 on Thursday, Brett Myers may oppose Sabathia, who would be pitching on three days' rest. Game 3 is Saturday in Milwaukee, with Game 4, if necessary, on Sunday. If needed, Game 5 would be played Oct. 7 in Philadelphia.
The Phillies refused to relish in the Mets' fall, though some of the players' smiles gave them away. Some promised to send text messages to former teammate Wes Helms, who gave the Marlins the lead with an eighth-inning solo homer.Milwaukee lost the Wild Card lead after being swept in Philadelphia earlier this month, then stumbled through the next week, dismissing manager Ned Yost along the way. The Brewers reclaimed their footing by going 6-1 in their final seven games. The Mets staged another late-season swoon, dropping six of their final nine to surrender the NL East, then the Wild Card.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.