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Open Game Thread: Playoffs - Day 5

How can you not love the month of October? It's Halloween-time (my favorite holiday), the unbearably hot California summer is finally showing signs of letting up, all three major American sports return to prime-time television, the Red Sox are once again dominating the Angels in the post-season and the Cubs are doing their best to make sure that the next 100 years follow in the path of the last 100 years! It's glorious I say!

Today is chock full of post-season baseball, as all but one of the division series' (the one that ended last night) will be on-display. In the first action of the day (10:00am PDT), the Phillies and Brewers square off one more time at Miller Park after the Crew staved off elimination last night with an inspired 4-1 win. The Phils will be going with former Athletic Bazooka/Joe "Cupcakes" Blanton, while the Brew Crew will counter with the most grizzly of grizzled vets, Jeff Suppan. I'm rooting Brew Crew all the way here. I like their style and several of their players particularly - I'm constantly dreaming up scenarios where Beane trades for JJ Hardy this winter!

In matinee action (1:00pm PDT), everyone's favorite Tampa Bay Rays look for the kill in Chicago's south side as they send Matt Garza to the mound to counter fellow-green-thumbed youngster John Danks. While I always try to wish Swisher the best, I despise Ozzie Guillen (and Orlando Cabrera) and the Rays are just so cute and lovable!

Then in the night-cap (4:07pm PDT), the BoSox will look for the K-O at home at Fenway against the hated Angels. I know it's wrong of me to root for one of the "big, bad, free-spending Evil Empire wolves" of the game that always come into the Coliseum once or twice a year and make it seem like Fenway west, but I honestly can't stand the Angels. Post-season stud Josh Beckett, still recovering from a strained side muscle, will toe the rubber for the Sox while Joe "Colonel" Saunders goes for the Halos.