Exuberant Phillies ready for all comers
NL East champs don't know next foe, but will be prepared
PHILADELPHIA -- At some point during the on-the-field party, the celebrating Phillies learned of a developing story: The Padres lost to the Brewers and the Rockies beat the D-backs.That news from across the country meant the identity of the Phillies' first-round opponent is yet to be determined. Colorado and San Diego are scheduled to play on Monday at 7:37 p.m. ET at Coors Field, and the winner will head to Philadelphia for the start of the National League Division Series. Not surprisingly, the Phillies don't care who dresses in the visitors' clubhouse. "We're so excited to be here, I haven't even thought about anything else," said outfielder Aaron Rowand, still drenched in post-game champagne. "I'm sure when we wake up [Monday], we'll start thinking about it." The Phillies catch a break since San Diego must use ace Jake Peavy in Monday's playoff, leaving him unavailable until at least Game 3. The Rockies counter with Josh Fogg.
Philadelphia went 3-4 against Colorado this season, and 4-3 against San Diego.
National League Division Series schedule
|Wed., Oct. 3||10 p.m.||Chase Field||TBS|
|Thu., Oct. 4||10 p.m.||Chase Field||TBS|
|Sat. Oct. 6||6 p.m.||Wrigley Field||TBS|
|*Sun. Oct. 7||1 p.m.||Wrigley Field||TNT|
|*Tue. Oct. 9||10 p.m.||Chase Field||TBS|
|Wed., Oct. 3||3 p.m.||Citizens Bank Park||TBS|
|Thu., Oct. 4||3 p.m.||Citizens Bank Park||TBS|
|Sat. Oct. 6||9:30 p.m.||Coors Field||TBS|
|*Sun. Oct. 7||10 p.m.||Coors Field||TBS|
|*Tue. Oct. 9||6:30 p.m.||Citizens Bank Park||TBS|
|* If necessary. All times ET.|
The Rockies are the hotter of the teams, roaring to a 13-1 record to finish the season, while the Padres have gone a more pedestrian 8-6 over that same stretch. The Phillies are hot too, compiling a 13-3 mark since Sept. 12 to overtake the Mets for the NL East title.Either way, the Phillies are fine with the fact that Cole Hamels will be rested for a Game 1 showdown against either team. "I'm looking forward to it," Hamels said.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.