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Hamels To Pitch Ninth With Two-Run Lead

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Apparently I’m ignorant. Charlie opts to stay away from the reliable combination of Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge and goes with Cole, already 106 pitches deep. Cole certainly looks as good as he has in the regular season, with four hits and eight strikeouts over his eight innings so far. And he just took an Aroldis Chapman fastball to the warning track in center.

I’d keep Brad Lidge warm and ready just in case, but this looks to be Cole’s game. Three more outs and we’re the second team to advance to the next round. The Twins’ daddy, Yankees, were the first. One more inning. Could be a good night in Philadelphia.

2-0 Phillies. 24-10 Eagles.