The Philadelphia Phillies need help from the bench in this series

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 15 October 2009 at 3:24 pm

The bench was not very effective against the Rockies and that can’t happen in this round of the playoffs or the Phillies could be in some trouble. 1B/3B Greg Dobbs will likely be the first hitter off the bench for the Phillies in this series. He has played in 14 games in his post season career and he is 7 for 20 (.350 avg, .835 OPS) with 2 runs scored. Fellow lefty swinging OF Matt Stairs will also get a few at bats in this series and despite his age he still has a lot of power. Stairs has played in 10 games in his post season career and he is 2 for 15 (.133 avg, .588 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. Ben Francisco will likely be used late in games as a pinch runner and defensive replacement (for Raul Ibanez) in this series. He has played in 3 games in his post season career and he is 0 for 1 (.000 avg). Miguel Cairo will be the top backup infielder for the Phillies in this series. He has played in 21 games in his post season career and he is 20 for 64 (.313 avg, .835 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Eric Bruntlett has been added to the roster for this series. He will likely be used as a pinch runner in this series. He has played in 28 games in his post season career and he is 3 for 16 (.188 avg, .691 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base. Paul Bako is the backup catcher and the closest he will get to the playing field (unless Carlos Ruiz is injured) will be warming up the pitchers between innings. Bako has played in 17 games in his post season career and he is 6 for 31 (.194 avg, .641 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs. This is an area (the bench) where the Dodgers have a huge advantage in this series.

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