We know how important Sarge's Chrysler Jeep Eagle Saturn Lexus Not-At-All Obvious Keys to the Game are to all of you, so we've decided to come up with a few of our own to sate you early this afternoon. Feel free to chime in with your own.
•Get to Francis early (Sarge loves this one for its creativity). Their bullpen got used and abused in the play-in game, and it'd be great to get them involved early in Game 1.
•Run. Yorvit Torrealba has a girl's arm, and the Phils have been a terror on the basepaths against poor-throwing catchers (Lo Duca!). Unfortunately, it's also not too hard to steal on Chris Coste, who will catch for the ailing Carlos Ruiz today. Ruiz is starting! At least we have the faster team, and I bet we see Charlie try to mix in some "manufactured runs" today.
•Cole's change-up. If it's on, and the 3:00 shadows are out, the Rockies don't have a chance.
•The Phrenzy. A playoff atmosphere of starving fans on a warm day? It's going to be intense down there, defining the home-field advantage. The Phillies will win this game.