Phillies 3, Rays 2: This was supposed to happen, right? A strong performance from Hamels (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER) and a Phillies win in one of the few games in which they'll have the starting pitching advantage. Expectations are a weird thing, of course, so if you're a Phillies fan you can't really be discouraged by winning Game one of the World Series. Still, given the pitching mismatches ahead, it would be nice to see Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins break out of their funks any moment now. More critical is that the Rays bust out the bats in Game Two, or else all of us experts are going to have a lot of esplainin' to do.
BTW: I had planned to liveblog the thing, but events kept me from doing so. I will say, however, that the first comment I would have had was about how interesting it was that John McCain seemed to have been given all of the Herbert Hoover lines in that opening voiceover thing, Obama was given the FDR lines, and how he and Obama awkwardly split up the JFK lines. I'm assuming that was subject to a tough negotiation, and that the Obama folks won that negotiation.