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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.

Game #4: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Monday 12 October 2009 at 10:50 am

The Phillies have put the Rockies’ back against the wall as they could finish them off later today in Denver. The Phillies are going with Cliff Lee who won game #1 with a complete game in which he allowed six hits and 1 earned run. Lee didn’t walk anyone while striking out 5. He even got a hit and stole a base. The Rockies were supposed to have trouble hitting lefties but Cole Hamels, J.A. Happ and Scott Eyre are a combined 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP in this series. Ubaldo Jimenez will start against Lee in a rematch of game #1. He was solid four the first four innings before losing it in the 5th. He worked the first five innings in Game #1 and he allowed 9 hits and 5 earned runs in that game as he earned the loss. Look for the Rockies to use the bullpen early in this game at the first sign of difficulty for Jimenez.

Philadelphia Phillies 6, Colorado Rockies 5

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Monday 12 October 2009 at 10:30 am

The bullpen and Ryan Howard bailed out the Rockies last night in Denver. Starting pitcher J.A. Happ just didn’t have it last night working only the first three innings last night while allowing 5 hits and 3 earned runs. Lucky for the Phillies and Happ that the bullpen had his back. In the 7th inning, Charlie Manuel surprisingly brought in Ryan Madson who was supposed to be the closer for the playoffs. He threw a scoreless, hitless inning while whiffing 2 batters. Chad Durbin was brought in by Manuel in the 8th inning in a tie game and he worked a scoreless, hitless inning to earn the win. Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless, hitless inning in the 9th to save the game but he made things interesting by walking two batters. Manuel’s confidence in Lidge should benefit the Phillies down the road in the post season as he looked good when he was throwing strikes last night. The big hit was delivered in the top of the 9th when Ryan Howard knocked in Jimmy Rollins with a sacrifice fly. For the game Howard was 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs. Chase Utley was outstanding last night as he was 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and a solo homer. Catcher Carlos Ruiz continued his solid career in the post season as he was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs. The Phillies are now up 2-1 in this series with Game #4 later today.

The Philadelphia Phillies make a pitching change for Sunday’s game

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Sunday 11 October 2009 at 8:15 am

The Phillies have decided to go with lefty J.A. Happ instead of Pedro Martinez in this game. Happ pitched in 35 games (23 starts) for the Phillies this season and he was 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He has been kryptonite to Rockies’ hitters this season. He has pitched in 2 games (1 start) against them and he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 0.62 WHIP. He has only allowed 5 hits to the Rockies in 11 innings while whiffing 11 batters and walking only 2. Rockies’ hitters have a .139 batting average against Happ this season. It appears that the Rockies will have their work cut out for them today.

Saturday’s playoff game has been rained out

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Saturday 10 October 2009 at 11:20 am

Game #3 of the Rockies/Phillies playoff series has been postponed due to rain. They will play tomorrow with the Phillies likely to change starting pitchers going with J.A. Happ over Pedro Martinez. That could be a good thing for the Phillies due to the problems the Phillies have had with lefty starting pitchers.

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