The Philadelphia Phillies rallied for three runs in the top of the 9th inning to defeat the Colorado Rockies 5-4 last night to win their National League Division Series 3 games to 1. Phillies slugger and Subway pitchman Ryan Howard (pictured above celebrating with outfielder Shane Victorino) hit a two-run double with two outs off of Colorado closer Huston Street to tie the game.   Howard then came around to score on a single by Jayson Werth to punch the Phillies ticket to the National League Championship Series, where they will face off against the Los Angeles Dodgers starting on Thursday night.

Thus ended a thoroughly unexciting first round of the Major League Baseball playoffs.  The Rockies at least won a game, which is more than we can say for the Twins, Cardinals and Red Sox, who each surrendered 9th inning leads en route to being swept by the New York Yankees, Dodgers, and Los Angeles Angels, respectively. This was disappointing, but not entirely unexpected.  The Dodgers and Yankees were actually that much better than the Cardinals and Twins, while the Red Sox ran into a buzzsaw in an Angels team that was determined not to lose to Boston for the fifth straight time in the playoffs. 

So now we move forward to the Championship Series, and after going 3 for 4 in our Division Series predictions (we bought into the Red Sox hype.  Sorry about that.) We’ll do a complete preview on Thursday morning, but let’s just say that we are thoroughly expecting a Phillies-Yankees World Series.  So go ahead and place your bets.