Brett Myers made a bold -- bold, I tell ya! -- prediction Saturday that the Phillies would not be sweep in the National League division series.
Cole Hamels proved him right.
The Phillies beat the Brewers in Game 1 yesterday, 3-1, to win the critical first game in the best-of-five series. but it was Hamels who got them there because the Phillies offense looked flat, and Brad Lidge made things a little too interesting in the ninth inning. Hamels allowed two hits and one walk in eight shutout innings. He struck out nine. That makes it one of the franchise's best Game 1 performances in a postseason series. Here are the others:
Grover Cleveland Alexander. Eight hits, one run, two walks and six strikeouts in nine innings in Game 1 of the 1915 World Series. The Phillies won, 3-1, their only victory against the Boston Red Sox.
Jim Konstanty. Four hits, one run and four walks in eight innings in Game 1 of the 1950 World Series. Phillies manager Eddie Sawyer shocked the world when he had Konstanty, who pitched out of the bullpen the entire season, start Game 1. But he had to pitch somebody because Robin Roberts pitched nearly every other game down the stretch. Konstanty pitched well, but the Phillies lost to the New York Yankees, 1-0. The Yankees swept the series.
Steve Carlton. Seven hits, one run, three walks and three strikeouts in seven innings in Game 1 of the 1980 NL championship series against the Houston Astros. The Phillies won, 3-1, on their way to the World Series.
Carlton. Seven hits, two walks and six strikeouts in 7 2/3 shutout innings in Game 1 of the 1983 NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
John Denny. Five hits, one run and five strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings in Game 1 of the 1983 World Series. It would be the only game the Phillies beat the Baltimore Orioles.
Curt Schilling. Seven hits, two runs, two walks and 10 strikeouts in Game 1 of the 1993 NLCS against the Atlanta Braves.
So Phil Sheridan is right when he writes "it was the stuff of legend, the stuff of Carlton and Schilling, the stuff that makes October baseball so special."
Now the Phillies just have to hope the right Myers shows up. The right one better if he expects to beat CC Sabathia.