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Philadelphia Phillies MLB News - Phillies Baseball Blog » The Philadelphia Phillies will need to bring the big bats to beat the Dodgers

The Philadelphia Phillies will need to bring the big bats to beat the Dodgers

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 15 October 2009 at 3:13 pm

The Phillies will need to jump the starting pitchers of the Dodgers in this series because the Dodgers’ bullpen is strong and deep. Jimmy Rollins will need to get on base a lot in this series. He has played in 21 games in his post season career and he is 21 for 89 (.236 avg, .700 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 3 homers, 6 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. The Phillies need Rollins to step up and spark the offense. Shane Victorino usually bats 2nd in the order and he is a great table setter for the big bats that follow. He has played in 21 games in his post season career and he is 22 for 78 (.282 avg, .854 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 4 homers, 15 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Chase Utley is the #3 hitter for the Phillies and his bat really came alive against the Rockies. The Phillies will need that to continue against the Dodgers. Utley has played in 21 games in his post season career and he is 19 for 75 (.253 avg, .864 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 4 homers, 10 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Ryan Howard is the cleanup man for the Phillies and his bat is downright deadly. He has played in 21 games in his post season career and he is 23 for 80 (.288 avg, .896 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 4 homers and 16 RBIs. Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez will likely switch up who bats fifth and sixth depending on who’s pitching for the Dodgers. Werth has been a great player in the post season during his career and the Phillies don’t expect him to slow down any time soon. The ex-Dodger has played in 24 games in his post season career in which he is 26 for 86 (.302 avg, 1.057 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 6 homers, 11 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Lefty swinging Raul Ibanez was clutch all series long against the Rockies. He has now played in 13 games in his post season career and he is 7 for 30 (.233 avg, .591 OPS) with 4 runs scored and 5 RBIs. Starting 3B Pedro Feliz has not hit well in the post season in his career playing in 26 games in which he is 16 for 68 (.235 avg, .562 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 5 RBIs. But, Feliz does bring his Gold Glove caliber mitt to the field every night. Batting 8th is always catcher Carlos Ruiz in the playoffs for the Phillies and he is clutch. Ruiz has played in 21 games in his post season career and he is 19 for 68 (.279 avg, .746 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer, 7 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. The Phillies need the offense to bring the “A” game to defeat the Dodgers again in the National League Championship Series.

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