Open thread: Phillies at Dodgers, NLCS Game 5

It's probably because I've spent the last three weeks blogging from morning until night and talking non-stop with others who love baseball, but I had no idea that there was a negative sentiment out there toward the quality of this postseason. At least that's what they were saying when I tuned in my local sportstalk radio show — I know, my first mistake — this afternoon. It was the same usual complaints — TV broadcasts, teams involved, etc. — so I won't go into detail here.

All I can say is that I've enjoyed pretty much every series so far, even though none of them have gone the distance. There have, however, been enough great performances from Philadelphia and Tampa Bay to keep me intrigued and I think we'll be in for an interesting World Series if the LCS hold firm. No, it won't quite be Boston versus L.A. or Chicago versus Chicago, but it'll be the two best teams at this point in time. That's all you can ask for.

But first things first. The Phillies first chance at match point comes tonight out in Los Angeles. Ace lefty Cole Hamels is taking the mound for the The Fightins' while Chad Billingsley tries to rebound from his historically bad performance in Game 2.

AP preview is here, AP feature on Matt Stairs is here, Tony Gwynn and Jeff Passan getting their video is here and Tim Brown's column about Billingsley's chance for redemption is here.

Your in-game comments are below.

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