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Game #1: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 12:56 pm

Game #1 matches up pretty well in the Phillies’ favor. Cliff Lee will toe the rubber for the Phillies against righty Ubaldo Jimenez. Lee started 34 games for the Indians & Phillies this year and he was 14-13 with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He did start one game against the Rockies this season and he was dominating. He was the winning pitcher in a game in which he worked 7 innings and whiffed 9 batters while only allowing 1 earned run. Ubaldo Jimenez is a good young pitcher with a lot of upside. He pitched in 33 games (32 starts) for the Rockies this year and he was 15-12 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Jimenez did not pitch against the Phillies this season but he brings great stuff to the mound and he could pitch a big game for the Rockies. One thing to watch with Jimenez is his control which becomes quite spotty at times.

The Philadelphia Phillies have a lot of question marks in the pen

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 10:32 am

The Phillies will go with Ryan Madson as the closer during the post season. He pitched in 79 games for the Phillies this season and he was 5-5 with 10 saves, a 3.26 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He didn’t close in the post season last year but he was very effective for the Phillies. He has pitched in 11 games out of the pen in his career in the post season and he is 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP. Madson has whiffed 12 batters while only walking 1 in 12 2/3 innings in this post season career so I think he will be able to handle the pressure of pitching in the 9th inning. There is no telling who will work the 8th inning for the Phillies this post season. It could be Brad Lidge the ex-closer who had a rough season. He pitched in 67 games for the Phillies this season and he was 0-8 with 31 saves, a 7.21 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP. Lidge has been effective in the post season however so the Phillies have their fingers crossed that he can handle the pressure. Lidge has pitched in 26 games in his post season career and he is 1-3 with 13 saves, a 2.10 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. He has only allowed 23 hits in 34 1/3 innings in his post season career and he has whiffed 51 batters! Scott Eyre will be used quite a bit in the playoffs as he is the lone lefty in the bullpen unless the Phillies use J.A. Happ there. Eyre has pitched in 42 games for the Phillies this season and he was 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. He has also been really effective in his career in the post season working in 17 games in which he is 0-0 with a 0.96 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Brett Myers could also work his way into a important role in the bullpen for the Phillies. He pitched in 18 games (10 starts) for the Phillies this season and he was 4-3 with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. Myers has pitched in 5 games (3 starts) in his post season career and he is 2-1 with a 4.43 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Chad Durbin will be one of the long men in the bullpen for the Phillies. He pitched in 59 games for the Phillies this season and he was 2-2 with 2 saves, a 4.39 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. Durbin has pitched in 6 games out of the pen in his post season career and he is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP. But, Durbin has allowed 7 hits and he has walked 3 batters in only 3 1/3 innings in his playoff career. Kyle Kendrick made the post season roster for the Phillies by pitching well down the stretch. He pitched in 9 games (2 starts) for the Phillies this season and he was 3-1 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. Kendrick has started 1 game in his post season career and he was 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP. Rookie Antonio Bastardo was the #11 rated prospect heading into this season according to Baseball America. He did not pitch like it however. He pitched in 6 games (5 starts) as a rookie this season and he was 2-3 with a 6.46 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.

The Philadelphia Phillies have a very deep and talented starting rotation

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 9:58 am

The Phillies have a sterling starting rotation with Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, J.A. Happ and Pedro Martinez. Cliff Lee will be the #1 starter for the Phillies. He started 12 games after coming over in a trade with the Indians and he was 7-4 with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. He doesn’t have any post season experience but he is a big game pitcher so he should do well. Fellow lefty Cole Hamels did not have a good season for the Phillies. He started 32 games this season and he was 10-11 with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. But, he has proved to be a outstanding post season pitcher and the Phillies expect that to continue starting with Game #2 against the Rockies. He has started 6 games in his post season career and he is 4-1 with a 2.16 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. He has only given up 26 hits in 41 2/3 innings in his post season career while whiffing 37 batters showing his dominance. The Phillies have not announced a starter for Game #3 but I’m betting on it being veteran righty Joe Blanton. Blanton started 31 games for the Phillies this year and he was 12-8 with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. He has also been solid in the post season in his career. He has pitched in 4 games (3 starts) in his post season career and he is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Now if the Phillies need a #4 starter it will be interesting to see who they choose. Lefty J.A. Happ has been outstanding this season but the Phillies lack a 2nd lefty in the bullpen and veteran righty Pedro Martinez is a more battle tested post season pitcher. J.A. Happ has pitched in 35 games (23 starts) for the Phillies this season and he is 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He has only pitched in 1 game out of the pen in the post season in his career and he was 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP. Pedro Martinez has been very solid for the Phillies in the 2nd half of the season. He started 9 games for the Phillies this season and he was 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. In 13 games (11 starts) in his post season career he is 6-2 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.

The Philadelphia Phillies have a decent bench going into the playoffs

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 9:40 am

The Phillies have three really solid pinch hitters coming into the playoffs. None of these guys will likely start any games in the post season unless there are injuries to the regulars. 1B/3B Greg Dobbs has been a solid player since coming to the Phillies a few years ago. He played in 97 games for the Phillies this season and he was 38 for 154 (.247 avg, .646 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 5 homers and 20 RBIs. Dobbs has played in 11 games in his post season career and he is 7 for 17 (.412 avg, .971 OPS) with 2 runs scored. Ancient Matt Stairs gives the Phillies another solid lefty bat off the bench along with Dobbs. He played in 99 games for the Phillies this year and he was 20 for 103 (.194 avg, .736 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 5 homers and 17 RBIs. Stairs has played in 8 games in his post season career and he is 2 for 14 (.143 avg, with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. Outfielder Ben Francisco came over with Cliff Lee from the Indians and he did a solid job for the Phillies. He played in 37 games for the Phillies and he was 27 for 97 (.278 avg, .843 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 5 homers and 13 RBIs. He doesn’t have any post season experience. Veteran infielder Miguel Cairo won the utility infielder role for the Phillies in the post season. He played in 27 games for the Phillies this season and he was 12 for 45 (.267 avg, .705 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. Cairo also has 19 games of post season experience in which he is 20 for 61 (.328 avg, .873 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 1 homer, 6 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Paul Bako will be the backup catcher. He played in 44 games for the Phillies this season and he is 26 for 116 (.224 avg, .644 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 3 homers and 9 RBIs. 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.

The Philadelphia Philles are also loaded in the outfield

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 9:29 am

Not many teams have the offensive firepower that the Phillies have in the outfield. Raul Ibanez was signed to replace Pat Burrell over the winter and he had a solid year. He played in 134 games for the Phillies this season and he was 136 for 500 (.272 avg, .899 OPS) with 93 runs scored, 34 homers and 93 RBIs. Unlike most of the Phillies’ players Ibanez does not have a lot of experience in the post season. He has played in 9 games in his post season career and he is 3 for 17 (.176 avg, .352 OPS) with 2 runs scored. Center fielder Shane Victorino is the quiet assassin of the Phillies. He played in 156 games for the Phillies this year and he was 181 for 620 (.292 avg, .803 OPS) with 102 runs scored, 10 homers, 62 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. Victorino has now played in 17 games in his post season career and he is 17 for 61 (.262 avg, .820 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 3 homers, 14 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Jayson Werth had a true breakout season for the Phillies in 2009. He played in 159 games for the Phillies this season and he was 153 for 571 (.268 avg, .879 OPS) with 98 runs scored, 36 homers, 99 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Werth was also outstanding for the Phillies last October and they hope he can do it all over again. He has played in 20 games in his post season career and he is 21 for 72 (.292 avg, .983 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 4 homers, 7 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.

The Philadelphia Phillies have the best infield in the National League

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 9:17 am

With the exception of the Yankees, the Phillies have the best infield in all of baseball. Ryan Howard is a absolute beast with a bat in his hands. He played in 160 games for the Phillies this season and he was 172 for 616 (.279 avg, .931 OPS) with 105 runs scored, 45 homers, 141 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Howard has played in 17 games in his post season career and he is 17 for 64 (.266 avg, .882 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 4 homers and 10 RBIs. 2B Chase Utley gives the Phillies another outstanding bat on the infield. He played in 156 games for the Phillies this season and he was 161 for 571 (.282 avg, .905 OPS) with 112 runs scored, 31 homers, 93 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. He will need to step up in the post season however as he disappointed a bit last year. He has played in 17 games in his post season career and he is 13 for 61 (.213 avg, .787 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 3 homers, 9 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. SS Jimmy Rollins is hot right now which boosted his season stats making them look respectable. He played in 155 games this season for the Phillies and he was 168 for 672 (.250 avg, .719 OPS) with 100 runs scored, 21 homers, 77 RBIs and 31 stolen bases. Like Utley, the Phillies need to have him step up in the post season after last year’s performance. Rollins has played in 17 games in his post season career and he is 16 for 70 (.229 avg, .732 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 3 homers, 6 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Pedro Feliz is a very slick 3B for the Phillies with the glove and he gets quite a few key hits. He played in 158 games for the Phillies this year and he was 154 for 580 (.266 avg, .692 OPS) with 62 runs scored, 12 homers and 82 RBIs. Feliz has now played in 22 games in his post season career and he is 13 for 54 (.241 avg, .564 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 5 RBIs.

The catchers are game managers for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 9:08 am

The Phillies expect defense and pitcher management out of the catchers. Any offense they add will be a bonus for the Phillies. Carlos Ruiz played in 107 games for the Phillies this season and he was 82 for 322 (.255 avg, .780 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 9 homers and 43 RBIs. He got some really key hits for the Phillies last season in the playoffs and World Series and they hope he can do it again. He has played in 17 post season games in his career and he is 15 for 55 (.273 avg, .755 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer, 4 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Paul Bako is almost what you would call a defense only catcher. He played in 44 games for the Phillies this season and he was 26 for 116 (.224 avg, .644 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 3 homers and 9 RBIs. 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.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 9:01 am

This is a series that really favors the Phillies because of the starting pitching and the fact that the Phillies’ lineup is like a Murderer’s Row. Lefty starting pitchers have owned the Rockies this season and the Phillies have three good ones in Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and J.A. Happ (who will likely be used out of the bullpen). The Phillies do have issues in the back end of the bullpen but Ryan Madson has pitched really well in the post season in his career and I see no reason for that to change now. The Phillies just have too much firepower for the Rockies to deal with.

PREDICTION: PHILLIES IN FOUR GAMES

The Philadelphia Phillies leave three veterans off the first round playoff roster

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 8:57 am

Reserve infielder Eric Bruntlett and righty relievers Tyler Walker and Clay Condrey did not make the cut for the first round of the playoffs. That doesn’t mean that they won’t return for the N.L.C.S. or the World Series as the Phillies can change the roster for each series. Bruntlett was bumped off the roster by Miguel Cairo. Bruntlett played in 72 games for the Phillies this season and he was 18 for 105 (.171 avg, .462 OPS) with 15 runs scored and 7 RBIs. He has also played in 28 games in his post season career in which he is 3 for 16 (.188 avg, .691 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base. Clay Condrey and Tyler Walker were bumped for Kyle Kendrick and Antonio Bastardo. Condrey pitched in 45 games out of the bullpen for the Phillies this season and he was 6-2 with 1 save, a 3.00 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. Condrey has also pitched in 3 games in his post season career and he was 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA and a 2.40 WHIP. Walker pitched in 32 games for the Phillies this season and he was 2-1 with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.

Will Cole Hamels dominate October again for the Phillies?

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Saturday 3 October 2009 at 5:07 pm

25-year old lefty starting pitcher Cole Hamels had a so-so year in 2009 for the Phillies. He started 31 games for the Phillies this year and he was 10-10 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. But he’s known as Mr. October in Philly. He has started 6 games in his career in the post season in which he is 4-1 with a 2.16 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. If he pitches like he did last season in the playoffs the Phillies will have a really good chance to repeat as World Champions.

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