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Game #2: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Friday 16 October 2009 at 10:54 am

This is a very interesting pitching matchup as Vicente Padilla will be opposing Pedro Martinez. Padilla looked very sharp in his start against the Cardinals but facing the Phillies is an entirely different animal. Padilla did not pitch against the Phillies this season but a few of the regulars in that lineup have given him problems in his career. Raul Ibanez is 9 for 28 (.321 avg, .930 OPS) with 2 homers and 4 RBIs against Padilla and he swung the bat very well last night. Ryan Howard has only two official at bats against Padilla and he has a two run homer off of him. Utley has hit a solo homer in three at bats against Padilla in his career. Finally, Jayson Werth is 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs against Padilla. So he better be careful against the Phillies lineup. Pedro Martinez has not pitched since September so it will be interesting to see if he’s rusty or well rested. He did not pitch against the Dodgers this season. He owns Manny Ramirez as he is only 5 for 30 (.167 avg) against Pedro with zero RBIs. Of the regulars only Matt Kemp (2 for 3, HR, 2 RBIs) and Russell Martin (2 for 3, 2B, RBI) have had much success against Pedro. The Dodgers would start Orlando Hudson at 2B today if they are smart. Hudson is 7 for 25 (.280 avg, .828 OPS) against Martinez with a double, triple, homer and 2 RBIs. Mark Loretta (4 for 9) and Juan Pierre (4 for 11, 2B, SB) both have also has success against Martinez. This should be a great baseball game to watch.

Philadelphia Phillies 8, Los Angeles Dodgers 6

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 15 October 2009 at 11:33 pm

This was a great game to open up the N.L.C.S. Cole Hamels didn’t have his best stuff as he struggled his way through 5 1/3 innings in which he allowed 8 hits (2 homers) and 4 earned runs but he was still the winning pitcher. Chad Durbin, J.A. Happ, Antonio Bastardo and Chan Ho Park combined to throw 1 2/3 shutout innings to get the ball to set up man Ryan Madson. Madson did not pitch too well in this game as he worked the 8th inning and he allowed 4 hits and 2 earned runs. Brad Lidge finished off the Dodgers with a shutout inning in the 9th to earn another save (his third in this post season). Ryan Howard got a key 2-run double in this game as he was 1 for 2 with a run scored. But it was Carlos Ruiz and Raul Ibanez who brought the whipping sticks in this game. Ruiz was 2 for 3 with 1 run, a homer and 3 RBIs. His homer was a bomb off of starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw and that hit helped set the tone for the Phillies. Raul Ibanez hit the big fly in the 8th inning to help seal this victory. He has 2 for 4 with 2 runs, 1 homer and 3 RBIs. The homer was off George Sherrill in the 8th inning. The Phillies are now up 1-0 in this series.

Game #1: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 15 October 2009 at 4:20 pm

This should be a very interesting game between two outstanding young lefty starting pitchers in Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) and Cole Hamels (Phillies). Kershaw was very solid in his start against the Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs but he has not pitched well against the Phillies this season. He started 2 games against the Phillies this season and he was 0-2 with a 5.23 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. Pedro Feliz is 2 for 4 with a double in his career against Kershaw and Raul Ibanez is 2 for 5 with 2 doubles and 3 RBIs against Kershaw. Cole Hamels is the reverse as he pitched horrible in the first round of the playoffs but he has been outstanding against the Dodgers this season. Hamels started 2 games against the Dodgers this season and he is 1-0 with a 0.56 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP. He has only walked 1 batter against the Dodgers in 16 innings while whiffing 14 batters. He has has a complete game shutout this season against the Dodgers. Ron Belliard is 7 for 26 (.269 avg, .835 OPS) with a double, 2 homers and 3 RBIs against Hamels in his career. Matt Kemp is 4 for 12 (.333 avg) with a double against Hamels in his career. This should be a great game to open up the National League Championship Series.

The Philadelphia Phillies need continued good work from the bullpen

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 15 October 2009 at 3:53 pm

The Phillies got great work from the bullpen against the Rockies and that came as somewhat of a surprise. A big part of the reason was that manager Charlie Manuel showed faith in closer Brad Lidge despite the awful 2009 season he turned in and it worked with him saving two games in the series. Lidge has now pitched in 28 games (0 starts) in his post season career and he is 1-3 with 15 saves, a 2.02 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. He has only allowed 23 hits in his post season career in 35 2/3 innings while whiffing 52 batters. Ryan Madson was electric as the set up man for the Phillies in the first round of the playoffs. He has now pitched in 14 games in his post season career and he is 2-0 with a 2.35 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP. Scott Eyre will be the lone lefty in the bullpen unless J.A. Happ doesn’t make the starting rotation in this round. Eyre has pitched in 20 games (0 starts) in his post season career in which he is 0-0 with a 1.59 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. Chad Durbin will be used in the middle innings for the Phillies. He has pitched in 7 games in his post season career and he is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA and a 2.31 WHIP. Chan Ho Park will also work in the middle innings for the Phillies in this series after missing the series with the Rockies due to injury. Park has pitched in 5 games (0 starts) in his post season career and he is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP. Rookie Antonio Bastardo only pitched to one batter in the first round of the playoffs and he whiffed him. Don’t expect him to get much action in this series.

The Philadelphia Phillies have a solid rotation set up for the Dodgers

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 15 October 2009 at 3:40 pm

The Phillies will be starting Cole Hamels in Game #1 against the Dodgers. He did not pitch too well against the Rockies in round #1 but he has a solid post season past so the Phillies are confident in him. Hamels has started 7 games in his post season career and he is 4-2 with a 2.70 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP. Pedro Martinez will be starting game #2 for the Phillies and he hasn’t pitched yet in October. He has pitched in 13 games (11 starts) in his post season career and he is 6-2 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. Martinez has only allowed 63 hits in 79 1/3 innings in his post season career while striking out 80 batters showing that he steps up when the games count the most. Lefty Cliff Lee will be the #3 starter for the Phillies in this series. He started 2 games against the Rockies in the first round of the playoffs and he was 1-0 with a 1.10 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP. Either righty Joe Blanton or lefty J.A. Happ will start game #4 for the Phillies. Blanton has more post season experience working in 6 games (3 starts) in which he is 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. J.A. Happ did not pitch too well against the Rockies in the first round of the playoffs and it could cost him his job in the starting rotation. Happ has pitched in 3 games (1 start) in his post season career and he is 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA and a 2.33 WHIP.

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.

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.

N.L.C.S. : Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 15 October 2009 at 1:56 pm

The Phillies have a small edge in starting rotation and they have a huge edge in the batting lineup. The Phillies must take advantage of both of those edges because the Dodgers have a huge edge in the bullpen where they are very, very deep and talented. Still, the Phillies are in a groove where almost anyone in the starting lineup can deliver the big hit. I think the Phillies will win a very hard fought series over the Dodgers but I wouldn’t be shocked if the Dodgers upsetted the Phillies.

PREDICTION: PHILLIES IN SIX GAMES

The Philadelphia Phillies drop Brett Myers and Kyle Kendrick from the N.L.C.S. roster

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 15 October 2009 at 1:52 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have dropped righty relievers Brett Myers and Kyle Kendrick from the roster for the N.L.C.S. They will be replaced by backup infielder Eric Bruntlett and righty reliever Chan Ho Park. Myers has been solid in his post season career working in 6 games (3 starts) in which he is 2-1 with a 4.29 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. He still doesn’t appear to be near 100% healthy so it was smart to leave him off the roster. Kyle Kendrick has only pitched in 1 game (a start) in his post season career and he is 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP. The Phillies probably wouldn’t have used either Kendrick or Myers in this series so having Park there will likely help the team. Bruntlett won’t likely play in this series unless the Phillies suffer multiple injuries on the infield.

Philadelphia Phillies 5, Colorado Rockies 4

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Tuesday 13 October 2009 at 9:56 am

What a incredible baseball game last night at Coors Field. Cliff Lee pitched an excellent game again yesterday but he wasn’t the winning pitcher. Ryan Madson followed Lee in the game and that’s when everything turned sour. He gave up a single to Jason Giambi which drove in the game tying run. Then Yorvit Torrealba came to the plate and hit a 2-run double to give the Rockies a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th innings. With Rockies’ closer Huston Street on the mound the Phillies rallied to take the lead. Ryan Howard came up with 2 runners on base and 2 outs when he ripped a double into the right field corner driving in Shane Victorino and Chase Utley to tie the game. Jayson Werth then followed Howard to the plate and he got a single to knock him in with the lead run. That wasn’t the end of the game though as lefty Scott Eyre got two outs in the 9th inning but he left two runners on for Brad Lidge. Lidge then came on and struck out Troy Tulowitzki to win the game.

The offense of the Phillies didn’t do a whole lot early in the game but they saved the best for last. Ryan Howard went 1 for 4 with a double, 1 run scored and 2 RBIs. Jayson Werth was 2 for 4 with a run scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. Shane Victorino was solid again for the Phillies as he was 2 for 5 with a solo homer and 2 runs scored. Jimmy Rollins also helped out as he was 2 for 5 with a double.

Cliff Lee was outstanding again for the Phillies in this game. He pitched the first 7 1/3 innings for the Phillies and he allowed 3 runs (only 1 earned). Ryan Madson followed Lee in the game and he almost blew it for the Phillies working only 2/3 of an inning allowing 2 hits, walking 1 batter and he allowed 1 earned run. But he was the winning pitcher thanks to the Phillies’ batters. Scott Eyre started the 9th inning and he allowed 2 hits in 2/3 of an inning before giving way to Brad Lidge. Lidge whiffed the only batter he pitched to in this game earning his second save of the series.

The Phillies have prevailed 3 games to 1 in this series and they will start playing the Dodgers in the N.L.C.S. starting on Thursday Night in L.A.

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