Pregame: Myers in a brand-new role

Brett Myers appeared in the NLDS last season, but only went just 1 1/3 innings. After all, back then he was the Phillies’ closer instead of the top-of-the-rotation starter. As such, Myers had a different type of playoff experience last year compared to the one he’ll have on Thursday night when he faces the Brewers in Game 2.

“I was never in a key situation,” Myers said of last year’s playoff appearances. “I mean, it was a key situation because it was the playoffs, but it really wasn’t a save situation type thing.

“It was fun to be a part of. I wish we were on the other end of it. This year it’s more in my hands and the starters’ hands to get us a lead so we can get to (Brad) Lidge and give him that opportunity.”

That’s the plan, anyway. Myers is capable of throwing a good game based on the way he pitched during a majority of the second half following his return from a minor-league exile. However, after a complete-game, two-hit shutout against the Brewers on short rest two weeks ago, Myers has produced two straight clunkers.

In his first 11 starts after the All-Star Break, Myers went 7-2 with a 1.80 ERA. But in his last two starts, Myers went 0-2 with a 15.12 ERA.

Big difference.

So maybe getting a chance to face the Brewers again will be a remedy… right?

“Absolutely nothing,” Myers said. “It’s the playoffs. It’s different. It’s a totally different atmosphere. Those guys are going to step it up a little bit more.”

Game 1 is about to start. I’ll be back after the first.

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