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Game #2: New York Yankees 3, Philadelphia Phillies 1

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The World Series by chinmusic on Friday 30 October 2009 at 8:26 am

Pedro Martinez gave the Phillies six solid innings last night as he gave up three earned runs while striking out 8 Yankee Batters. But he gave up solo homers to Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui which was more than enough offense for the Yankees. Chan Ho Park, Scott Eyre and Ryan Madson worked a combined 2 shutout innings to keep the Phillies within range of the Yankees last night. The Phillies could only muster six hits against the Yankees last night. Raul Ibanez was the only player on the Phillies with more than one hit last night as he was 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and 1 RBI. Matt Stairs got the start at DH for the Phillies last night and he was 1 for 4 with 1 RBI. Carlos Ruiz (double), Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino all had 1 hit apiece in this game for the Phillies. Ryan Howard had a night to forget however as he was 0 for 4 with 4 whiffs. The Phillies are now tied up 1-1 in the World Series with the games shifting to Philly.

Game #1: Philadelphia Phillies 6, New York Yankees 1

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The World Series by chinmusic on Thursday 29 October 2009 at 8:14 am

It was the Cliff Lee and Chase Utley show in the Bronx last night as they powered the Phillies to a rather impressive victory in game #1 of the World Series. Cliff Lee had the Yankees looking like they were swinging with toothpicks instead of baseball bats. He pitched a complete game allowing 6 hits, 1 earned run and he whiffed 10 batters while walking none. If not for a Jimmy Rollins error late in the game he would have pitched a shutout. Chase Utley just beat on C.C. Sabathia as he cranked 2 solo homers off of him giving Cliff Lee all of he support he needed on this night. Ryan Howard also had a solid night as he was 2 for 5 with 2 doubles and 1 RBI. Jayson Werth pitched in as he was 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs and Jimmy Rollins was 1 for 4 with 2 runs scored and a stolen base. The Phillies have established momentum in this series and they will look to keep the train rolling with Pedro Martinez getting the start. The Phillies are now up 1-0 in the World Series.

The World Series: Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Yankees

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The World Series by chinmusic on Wednesday 28 October 2009 at 11:40 am

This is truly a matchup between the best team in each league. The matchups are really close in this series as both teams have outstanding lineups and solid pitching staffs. Here is a breakdown position by position:

CATCHER: Jorge Posada is a solid catcher for the Yankees. In the post season he has played in 9 games in which he is 8 for 31 (.258 avg., .845 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers, 3 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Posada got a lucky draw in this series as the Phillies don’t run a lot outside of Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino which is good for him because he can’t throw like he used to anymore. Jose Molina will start behind the plate when A.J. Burnett is on the mound. He has played in 3 games this post season and he is 1 for 4 (.250 avg, .500 OPS) but he does a solid job defensively. Carlos Ruiz is the starting catcher for the Phillies and he is money in the bank in the post season as he plays better when the games get bigger. Ruiz has played in 9 games this post season and he is 9 for 26 (.346 avg, 1.000 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer, 7 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He is also a good thrower and handler of the pitching staff. EDGE: EVEN

FIRST BASE: Mark Teixeira of the Yankees has not played well in his first post season with the team. He has played in 9 games for the Yankees this post season and he is 8 for 39 (.205 avg, .580 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs. Teixeira does have the potential to break out any time as he is too good of a hitter to keep struggling like he is right now. He is also a great defender who saves the other infielders a lot of errors. Ryan Howard of the Phillies is simply the best hitting first baseman in baseball other than Albert Pujols of the Cardinals. Howard has played in 9 games this post season and he is 11 for 31 (.355 avg, 1.203 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 2 homers and 14 RBIs. Howard has also cut way down on his strikeouts this post season as he has only whiffed 8 times which explains his high batting average. While not in Teixeira’s class with the glove he is a tad above average. EDGE: PHILLIES

SECOND BASE: Robinson Cano has struggled this post season but like Teixeira he is still able to go on a tear at any minute. Cano has played in 9 games this post season and he is 8 for 35 (.229 avg, .713 OPS) with 5 runs scored and 5 RBIs. Chase Utley also is better than he has played this post season as he is 10 for 33 (.303 avg, .833 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer, 2 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Utley does have more power than Cano and that is the tiebreaker. EDGE: PHILLIES

SHORTSTOP: Derek Jeter is a money player for the Yankees. He is the player most likely to step up and carry the Yankees on his back in this series. Jeter has played in 9 games this post season and he is 11 for 37 (.297 avg, 1.029 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers and 6 RBIs. The Phillies will have to somehow keep him off the bases because he makes the Yankees’ lineup go. Jimmy Rollins is no slouch himself as he was the MVP of the National League a couple of years ago. He has played in 9 games this post season and he is 10 for 41 (.244 avg, .596 OPS) with 6 runs scored and 3 RBIs. The Phillies need to get Rollins on base more in this series if they are to beat the Yankees. EDGE: YANKEES

THIRD BASE: Alex Rodriguez has all of a sudden turned into Mr. October for the Yankees this post season. He has played in 9 games for the Yankees this post season and he is 14 for 32 (.438 avg, 1.516 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 5 homers, 12 RBIs and 1 stolen base. A-Rod has the potential to have a huge series against the Phillies whose pitchers are aggressive in the strike zone. Pedro Feliz of the Phillies is a defensive third baseman with some power. He has played in 9 games for the Phillies this post season and he is 5 for 31 (.161 avg, .567 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. EDGE: YANKEES

LEFT FIELD: Johnny Damon is playing for a new Yankees’ contract in this series. He has played in 9 games this post season and he is 10 for 42 (.238 avg, .677 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 5 RBIs. Damon has got to get on base more often in front of the heart of the lineup because the Yankees are going to have to score a lot of runs to beat the Phillies. He is a average defensive player with a weak throwing arm which the Phillies will likely challenge. When in the American League Parks, Ben Francisco will start in left field for the Phillies. He has played in 7 games this post season and he is 0 for 4 (.000 avg). Francisco is a decent hitter but an outstanding left fielder defensively. When in the National League Park Raul Ibanez will play in left field. He has played in 9 games this post season and he is 7 for 31 (.226 avg, .720 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 9 RBIs. EDGE: EVEN

CENTER FIELD: Melky Cabrera has been very solid in the playoffs for the Yankees. He has played in 9 games in the post season so far and he is 11 for 35 (.314 avg, .740 OPS) with 4 runs scored and 4 RBIs. Cabrera is also a solid defensive player for the Yankees. Shane Victorino is one of the engines that make the Phillies’ offense go. He has played in 9 games this post season and he is 13 for 36 (.361 avg, 1.161 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 3 homers, 7 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Victorino gives the Phillies both speed in the outfield and the bases as he is a all-out player who is scared of nothing. EDGE: PHILLIES

RIGHT FIELD: Switch hitting Nick Swisher was solid during the regular season but he’s having big time problems in the bright lights of the post season. Swisher has played in 9 games this post season and he is 4 for 32 (.125 avg, .378 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. Those are terrible numbers and the Yankees need him to break out with the bat in this series. Jayson Werth has been the opposite of Swisher this post season as he has been the best hitter power wise for the Phillies in the playoffs. Werth has played in 9 games this post season and he is 9 for 32 (.281 avg, 1.207 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 5 homers and 10 RBIs. He also is a outstanding fielder with a very strong throwing arm. EDGE: PHILLIES

DH: Hideki Matsui almost always seems to come through in the clutch. But he is having a so-so post season. Just like Johnny Damon, Matsui is playing for a new contract from the Yankees. Matsui has played in 9 games this post season and he is 7 for 30 (.233 avg, .761 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs. Raul Ibanez will be the DH when the games are in Yankee Stadium. He has played in 9 games this post season and he is 7 for 31 (.226 avg, .720 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 9 RBIs. EDGE: EVEN

BENCH: The Yankees seem to have a better bench than the Phillies do and that will matter more in the National League Park. Brett Gardner has played in all 9 of the Yankees’ post season and he is 2 for 3 (.667 avg, 1.333 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 1 stolen base (he has been caught stealing twice). He brings speed and defense to the Yankees. Jerry Hairston can play everywhere but catcher and first base defensively. He has played in 3 games this post season and he is 1 for 2 (.500 avg, 1.000 OPS) with 1 run scored. Jose Molina is the backup catcher and he will get some playing time in this series when A.J. Burnett starts. He has played in 3 post season games and he is 1 for 4 (.250 avg, .500 OPS). Eric Hinske will be on the playoff roster in this series and he brings power to the bench. Freddy Guzman is also back in this series for his speed as he is only 0 for 1 in two games. The Phillies will have Ben Francisco on the bench when they play at home. He has played in 7 games this post season and he is 0 for 4. But, he is a good all around baseball player. Greg Dobbs can handle either corner spot on defense and he is a good hitter despite going 0 for 4 in 5 post season games so far. Matt Stairs is a veteran lefty swinging outfielder with some pop. He has played in 4 games this post season and he is 0 for 2 (.000 avg, .500 OPS) with 2 walks. Eric Bruntlett is a pinch runner/backup infielder. He has played in 1 game for the Phillies this post season and he is 0 for 0 with 1 run scored. Paul Bako is the backup catcher. He is good defensively but he can’t hit a lick. Bako will only play if Ruiz gets hurt. EDGE: YANKEES

STARTING PITCHING: The Yankees boast a very good top three in the starting rotation and they will be responsible for six starts if this series goes the whole seven games. C.C. Sabathia will start game #1 for the Yankees and he is 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP in 3 starts this post season. A.J. Burnett will follow Sabathia and start game #2. He has started 3 games this post season and he is 0-0 with a 4.42 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. He has no hit stuff but it’s above the shoulders that has been his problem in his career. The Yankees need him focused for this series. Andy Pettitte is used to big games so he should be up to the challenge that the Phillies bring. He has started 3 games this post season and he is 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. The Yankees are going to start righty Chad Gaudin in game #5 in Philly (if needed) and that is not good for them. Gaudin has pitched in 1 game out of the bullpen in the post season and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.00 WHIP.

Cliff Lee will be the #1 starter for the Phillies in this series. He has started 3 games for the Phillies this post season and he is 2-0 with a 0.74 ERA and a 0.70 WHIP. Lee has been unhittable in the playoffs as he has only allowed 14 hits in 24 1/3 innings while walking only 3 batters and whiffing 20. Veteran righty Pedro Martinez will be #2 in line for the Phillies in this series. He has started 1 game in the playoffs and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.29 WHIP. He only allowed 2 hits and 0 runs in 7 innings against the Dodgers in that start. Lefty Cole Hamels will be #3 in line for the Phillies. He has started 3 games this post season for the Phillies and he is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. The Phillies need him to come up big in this series as he has not pitched well all season for the team. Veteran righty Joe Blanton will start game #4 for the Phillies in this series. He has pitched in 3 games (1 start) this post season and he is 0-0 with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.

EDGE: EVEN

CLOSER: The Yankees boast the Sandman, Mariano Rivera. Rivera has been on his game in the post season working in 8 games in which he is 0-0 with 3 saves, a 0.84 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. He is one of the very best closers in major league history both during the regular season and the post season. Brad Lidge has been excellent this post season for the Phillies after having a terrible regular season. Lidge has pitched in 5 games this post season and he is 0-0 with 3 saves, a 0.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. In 4 innings pitched this post season he has only allowed 1 hit with batters hitting .083 against him. EDGE: YANKEES

SET-UP MAN: Phil Hughes was nails in this role all season long but in the playoffs it appears that the bright lights are blinding him. Hughes has pitched in 6 games out of the pen this post season and he is 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA and a 2.36 WHIP. There are likely going to be a lot of close games in this series so the Yankees need Hughes to step up. Ryan Madson of the Phillies has also had some issues in the post season and the team can’t afford him to have problems in this series. He has pitched in 7 games this post season and he is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP. EDGE: EVEN

LEFTY RELIEF: The Yankees have worked Damaso Marte and Phil Coke hard this post season and neither of them have given up a run yet. Marte has worked in 4 games and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Coke has pitched in 4 games this post season and he is also 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. The Phillies have had trouble from the lefty side of the bullpen but J.A. Happ and Scott Eyre both have potential to pitch much better. Happ has pitched in 5 games (1 start) this post season and he is 0-0 with a 7.36 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP. Eyre has pitched in 5 games this post season and he is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA and a 2.57 WHIP. EDGE: EVEN

RIGHTY MIDDLE RELIEF: Joba Chamberlain will likely be heavily used in this series. He has pitched in 7 games this post season and he is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA and a 2.10 WHIP. Chamberlain has the stuff to dominate but he better be careful as the Phillies’ hitters love a good fastball. Alfredo Aceves was outstanding during the regular season but not too good in the post season. He has pitched in 3 games this post season for the Yankees and he is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP. David Robertson has been very good for the Yankees this post season as he has worked in 3 games in which he is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. The Phillies will likely be bringing out Chad Durbin as the first righty out of the pen and he has been pitching over his head this post season. Durbin has pitched in 5 games this post season and he is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.00 WHIP. Chan Ho Park also could be used a lot in this series but that likely won’t be a good thing for the Phillies. Park has pitched in 4 games this post season and he is 0-1 with a 8.10 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Brett Myers is back on the Phillies’ roster for this series and he has pitched in 1 game this post season and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP. Rookie Antonio Bastardo has pitched in 2 games this post season and he is also 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP. EDGE: YANKEES

OUTLOOK: With the teams in this series being essentially even talent wise it could come down to the manager. In which case the Phillies have a huge edge especially when the games shift to the National League as Charlie Manuel has already won a World Series. I like the Phillies to win this series in 7 games as it will be a classic World Series.

Philadelphia Phillies 10, Los Angeles Dodgers 4

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 22 October 2009 at 9:15 am

The Phillies jumped on the Dodgers in the 1st inning as Jayson Werth pounded a three run homer off of Vicente Padilla and they never looked back in this game. Werth was 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored, 2 homers and 4 RBIs in this game as he led the way for the Phillies on offense. Shane Victorino was also electric in this game as he was 2 for 4 with 1 run scored, a double, homer and 3 RBIs. Pedro Feliz was 1 for 4 with a solo homer and Jimmy Rollins was 1 for 3 with 2 runs scored as they helped out on offense. Cole Hamels didn’t last long enough to get the win and that’s because he pitched poorly once again working the first 4 1/3 innings in which he allowed 5 hits and 3 earned runs. Chad Durbin picked up the win for the Phillies in this game as he worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge slammed the door working the last two innings of this game. The Phillies won this series 4 games to 1 against the Dodgers as they now advance to the World Series to play either the Yankees or the Angels.

Game #5: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 21 October 2009 at 5:31 pm

This should be a good matchup between righty Vicente Padilla and lefty Cole Hamels. Padilla has been outstanding during the post season for the Phillies as he has started 2 games in which he is 1-0 with a 0.63 ERA and a 0.70 WHIP. If he is on like he was in Game #2 in this series the Phillies might be in some trouble. Cole Hamels has just not looked good in the post season so far for the Phillies. He has started 2 games in the post season and he is 1-1 with a 6.97 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. He must work deep into this game for the Phillies who have used the bullpen quite a lot in this series. It’s do or die time for the Dodgers and it will be interesting to see how well they respond.

Philadelphia Phillies 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 4

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Monday 19 October 2009 at 11:12 pm

The Phillies pitching staff kept the team right where they wanted it to give the them a chance to win this game and that they did. Jimmy Rollins was the star of the game for the Phillies as he drove in Eric Bruntlett and Carlos Ruiz with a double off of Dodgers’ closer Jonathan Broxton. Rollins finished the game 2 for 5 with 1 run scored, 1 double and 2 RBIs. Ryan Howard sent a message early in this game with a 2-run homer. Starting pitcher Joe Blanton struggled through the first 6 innings of this game in which he allowed 6 hits and four runs (3 earned). Credit Chan Ho Park, Ryan Madson and Scott Eyre who worked 2 1/3 shutout innings to set up closer Brad Lidge. Lidge came in and he pitched to two batters whiffing them both and picking up the win. The Phillies are now up 3-1 in this series.

Game #4: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Monday 19 October 2009 at 4:25 pm

The Dodgers and Phillies could have a really high scoring game tonight in Philly. Lefty Randy Wolf (Dodgers) will be opposing righty Joe Blanton (Phillies) tonight. Wolf has started 1 game this post season and he is 0-0 with a 4.91 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP. He started 2 games against his ex-team this season and he was 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. Wolf does have a trio of hitters on the Phillies that give him big problems so he will have to be careful with them. They are Pedro Feliz (5 for 17, 3 homers, 4 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (4 for 6, 2 doubles, HR, 3 RBIs) and Shane Victorino (3 for 8, 2B, HR, 2 RBIs). The scary thing about that trio is that it doesn’t include the really bit bats on the Phillies. Joe Blanton will be making his first start of this post season tonight. He has worked in 2 games out of the bullpen so far in the playoffs and he is 0-0 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. Blanton started 1 game against the Dodgers this season and he was 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. Blanton better be careful tonight as a few of the Dodgers’ hitters have raked against him in their careers. Manny Ramirez is 14 for 25 (.560 avg) with 1 homer and 8 RBIs against Blanton. Andre Ethier also has mashed Blanton in the past as he is 5 for 11 (.455 avg) with 2 solo homers. Ronnie Belliard (3 for 8, 2B, RBI) and James Loney (5 for 8, 2 RBIs) also hit well against Blanton.

Philadelphia Phillies 11, Los Angeles Dodgers 0

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Monday 19 October 2009 at 4:02 pm

The Phillies jumped the Dodgers for six runs in the first two innings and that was more than enough to finish off the Dodgers with Cliff Lee on the mound. Lee only allowed 3 hits in 8 scoreless innings while whiffing 10 batters to earn his 2nd win in this post season. Lee was also 1 for 3 with a run scored as a batter. Chad Durbin pitched a scoreless, hitless 9th inning for the Phillies to end this game. Shane Victorino had a great game for the Phillies last night as he was 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored, 1 homer, 3 RBIs and a stolen base. Jayson Werth was 1 for 4 with 1 run scored, a homer and 2 RBIs. Catcher Carlos Ruiz continues to stroke the ball well as he was 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored, a double and 1 RBI. Chase Utley (2 for 4, run scored) and Ryan Howard (1 for 4, 1 run, 3 RBIs) also helped out on the onslaught in this game by the Phillies. The Phillies are now up 2-1 in this series.

Game #3: Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Sunday 18 October 2009 at 8:32 am

The Dodgers are going with Hiroki Kuroda against Cliff Lee of the Phillies. Kuroda did not pitch in the first round of the playoffs due to injury so the Dodgers probably just want five good innings out of him. He started 1 game against the Phillies this season and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP as he worked six scoreless innings. Chase Utley (2 for 7, 2B, RBI) and Jayson Werth (2 for 7, 2B) are the only two Phillies with more than 1 hit against Kuroda in his two seasons in the majors. Cliff Lee has been outstanding in the post season for the Phillies so far. He has started 2 games in which he is 1-0 with a 1.10 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP. He has not pitched against the Dodgers in his career but that usually is a advantage for the pitcher. Another low scoring game is likely in store for the Phillies and Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers 2, Philadelphia Phillies 1

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Saturday 17 October 2009 at 10:08 am

The Phillies seemed to have this game almost in the bag heading into the 8th inning with a 1-0 lead. Pedro Martinez was awesome for the Phillies in this game as he worked the first 7 innings allowing only 4 hits, no runs and he didn’t even walk any batters. But, Chan Ho Park came into the game to start the 8th inning and he brought in a gas can. He worked only 1/3 of an inning but he allowed 2 hits and 2 earned runs. He was the losing pitcher. Still, Scott Eyre, Ryan Madson and J.A. Happ also contributed to this loss big time. They worked a combined 1/3 of an inning and they allowed 1 hit and walked 2 batters. Happ walked Andre Ethier with the bases loaded which scored Russell Martin with the game deciding run. It didn’t help that the Phillies could only muster 4 hits against Vicente Padilla, Hong-Chih Kuo and Jonathan Broxton. Ryan Howard led the way for the Phillies as he was 2 for 3 with a solo homer yesterday. Chase Utley (1 for 4) and Carlos Ruiz (1 for 2, SB) were the only other Phillies to get a hit besides Howard. The Phillies and Dodgers are now tied at 1 game apiece with the series switching to Philly.

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