We’re just one short day away from the start of postseason play in Major League Baseball. October baseball. There’s nothing quite like it for the lucky fans whose team is still alive after the grueling 162 game regular season. For the fourth consecutive season, the Philadelphia Phillies finished atop the NL East standings and heading to the postseason. Like every season, there were ups and downs, but what matters ultimately is that the Phillies have put themselves in position to chase their third World Series crown in franchise history. They’ll return to action on Wednesday night against the NL Central winning Cincinnati Reds.
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins likes the Phils’ chances to get back to their third consecutive World Series. In fact, Rollins thinks this year’s squad is better than any he’s been a part of, including the 2008 version that won it all. Rollins made that declaration on The Scott Van Pelt Show on Monday.
"We are better. I’ve never had a pitching staff like this. We’ve got the ‘Bermuda Triangle’ as they have been nicknamed. Roy Oswalt has come over and been the pitcher we need him to be. He’s been himself as far as a second half, just unhittable. Big Roy (Halladay), as I call him, he’s the doctor. He goes out there. He performs surgery and he doesn’t leave until surgery is done. And it’s taking pressure off of Cole Hamels who is having a terrific year. He’s got a low three ERA, which is something that I have never seen from him regardless of how good he has been. He has matured. He’s gotten a lot stronger… Our big three are the best in the game right now… It never hurts to get a guy like Doc to come over and inspire guys. His work ethic, the way he goes out there on the mound, the way he pitches. He just goes to school. That’s why they call him the doctor."