You guys know me...I have to go on record...because when I write something, it happens. I'm infallible. Never wrong. When I say something...it happens. Like this. Basically, I'm the complete opposite of Brad.
I know nobody likes the Brewers chances in this series. Hell, nobody is giving them a chance. They did get destroyed by Philly a few weeks ago.
Here's a good piece written by Tim K previewing the series. He asks some good questions and has a lot of stuff to keep in the back of your mind as you're watching the games. I'll add a few more.
-I know the Phillies have owned the Brewers this year...but you know what? This team is different. No Ned Yost. No Rickie Weeks leading off. We have Yo going in game 1 hopefully for 5 strong. The Phils haven't seen him this year. We've got the Kool Aid man potentially going twice. They haven't seen him either.
-Pat Burrell could potentially be injured. Even if he plays, how effective will he be?
-I am assuming Dave Bush is going game 3, and Suppan game 4. Both these games will be played (hopefully) at Miller Park. Check out Bush's & Suppan's home & away splits. Both are significantly better at Miller Park (particularly Bush...Suppan's isn't impressive...yet still serviceable).
Here's what I see happening. The Brewers are taking game 2 with CC going. At this point, there's just a certain level of confidence with him on the mound. I also think we're going to win 1 of 2 at home with Suppan & Bush going. The wild card here is Yo going in game 1. It's a cliche to talk about the importance of game 1, but if Yo takes care of business tonight and the Brewers jump out early, leaving Philadelphia with a 2-0 lead is all of a sudden very conceivable...and the Crew just has to take 1 of 2 at home to win in 4 games. And you know what? If Bush & Suppan blow up at home, the Big Fella is bringing it back in game 5.
I'm feeling it. I'm feeling Yo going 6 strong tonight, and I'm feeling an early homer to get up 3 in the first couple innings.
Am I a homer? Maybe. Cocky? Perhaps. A stud with the ladies? Obviously. But that's why I can go out on a limb against what appears to be everybody else and make this prediction:
Brewers in 4.