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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.

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.

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