Brewers ride late push into playoffs
Momentum has Milwaukee rolling for NLDS in Philly
MILWAUKEE -- They crowded into a small dining room, away from the plastic-covered walls of the home clubhouse at Miller Park, to watch on television.Three Mets outs to go. Then two. Then one. Then, pandemonium. Led by slugging first baseman Prince Fielder, the Brewers emerged with the National League Wild Card in hand. They wasted a few cases of champagne and then took the celebration back to the field, where tens of thousands of fans had been watching the Marlins beat the Mets on the big screen, sending the Brewers into the playoffs. Next stop, Philadelphia. The Brewers and Phillies begin a best-of-five NL Division Series on Wednesday at 2 p.m. CT. It will be Milwaukee's first playoff game since 1982. "I don't care when we did it last," shortstop J.J. Hardy said. "We did it now. And it couldn't be more exciting. We're having a blast." Once the champagne dries and the confetti is cleared, interim Brewers manager Dale Sveum will have to sit down and figure out the particulars. On Sunday, picking a Game 1 starter and settling the postseason roster was the last thing on his mind. "Don't even ask me that now," Sveum said amid the celebration. Left-hander Cole Hamels (14-10, 3.09 ERA), who beat the Brewers on Sept. 13 in Philadelphia as part of a four-game Phillies sweep, will start opposite somebody for Milwaukee. Since the fabulous CC Sabathia pitched a complete game on Sunday to put the Brewers in the postseason, he will not be available until Game 2 at the absolute earliest.
|"To me, the postseason began a week ago. We had to win all of these games just to get here."|
|-- Ryan Braun|
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.