Brew Crew starts playoff run today; Sheets gone with torn muscle
Milwaukee Brewer fans have waited 26 years to see their team make the playoffs and that long wait ends at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) when the Brewers open their National League Division Series in Philadelphia.
Right-hander Yovani Gallardo says he's ready to handle the pressure of starting Game One, after coming off a torn knee ligament which kept him out for most of the season. He has no record in four appearances, with a 1.88 ERA.
The Phillies will put up their ace, left-hander Cole Hamels. He's 14-10 with a 3.09 ERA. Hamels is 2-1 in his last three starts and was four shy of 200 strikeouts during the regular season.
Tuesday, utility player Brad Nelson was added to the Brewers' post-season roster over the expected candidate, Joe Dillon.
Brewers' Interim Manager Dale Sveum said Nelson has more outfield experience. That's important, because Gabe Kapler remains out with a shoulder injury.
Also, the Brewers learned that starter Ben Sheets has a torn muscle near his throwing elbow and he won't be on the post-season roster.
The first two games of the best-of-five series will be in Philly. Game-Three is Saturday evening at Miller Park.
If necessary, the series will remain in Milwaukee Sunday, with a deciding Game Five next Tuesday in Philadelphia.
Phillies' left fielder Pat Burrell hurt himself at batting practice Tuesday. He left early, after feeling discomfort in his lower back during a swing. Still, Burrell has not been ruled out for this afternoon's playoff opener. He'll be re-evaluated this morning.
If Burrell cannot play, Matt Stairs or Geoff Jenkins will likely get the start in left. Both are former Brewers. Burrell batted .250 in the regular season with 33 homers and 86 RBI's in 157 contests.