For the first time since the year we were born, the Milwaukee Brewers are in the playoffs. Sure enough, they’re our horse this year. We want the Brewers to go all the way, because it would be good for baseball. Plus we like Prince Fielder a bit.
Yovani Gallardo will throw game 1 for the Brewers, and he opposes Cole Hamels. Fielder has gotten to him already this season.
In all seriousness, a series couldn’t intrigue us more. The Brewers have a power team with power pitching. They’ve got a manager they found on the streets (kind of), dusted off, and uniformed up. They haven’t been winners since before the Cleveland Browns. They’ve got Prince Fielder and Braun. They’ve got a guy who slides into beer mugs. They have loyal fans in a small town big city atmosphere.
The Phillies have Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. I predict the big lefty power hitter that does better (Prince/Howard) will see his team win the series. Look for one of these two to come up Large in this series beginning today.
In the end, even though the Brewers are considered the underdog, we think they just have a better team on paper. You’d give the managerial edge to Charlie Manuel; which is scary as hell in itself. Brad Lidge just might blow his first save in this series.
These are two exciting teams who will show us a slugfest one night, and will show us a great pitching duel the next. These two teams are what baseball is all about.
Prediction: Brewers over Phillies 3 games to 2