Let's face it, the Phillies didn't do what they needed to do to make it into the playoffs. But they were certainly hotter down the stretch than EITHER of the teams playing this w eekend. Two things doomed this Phillies team in 2006. April and Charlie Manuel. Conversely, April and the managers are why the Tigers and Cards are still playing and everyone else is playing golf. Except Cory Lidle of course.
The Tigers staggered into the playoffs and have not played in a week. It's the old rest or rust question. Detroit was red-hot a week ago, but will the week off give the Cards an edge?
I would say yes if the opening games were in St. Louis. However, since the schedule starts
in Detroit's Comerica Park, I think that Detroit will be able to shake off the rust and prevail. It won't be as easy as everyone thinks though, as the Cards will take 2 at home and force the Tigers to come back to Detroit to pick up the trophy.
Seems like the Birds will be more healthy this weekend, and they'll need it. 20-17 Birds.
Have a good weekend!