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Phillies set NLCS rotation

Posted on: October 7, 2008 7:57 pm
 

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies will stay with what got them to this point when the National League Championship Series opens here on Thursday evening: Left-hander Cole Hamels will start Game 1, followed by right-hander Brett Myers, lefty Jamie Moyer and righty Joe Blanton, according to pitching coach Rich Dubee.

No official word yet on the Dodgers, who were traveling and expected to arrive later Tuesday night. They're set up to begin with the same three starters who pitched them to a sweep of the Chicago Cubs in the divisional series: Right-handers Derek Lowe, Chad Billingsley and Hiroki Kuroda.

It is expected that Dodgers manager Joe Torre will leave those three in place and go to a four-man rotation in the best-of-seven NLCS. Assuming he does, he and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt must decide on a No. 4 starter, which probably will come down to left-hander Clayton Kershaw or right-hander Greg Maddux.

Based on how the two pitched down the stretch, as well as on the chance to slot a lefty in against a potent Phillies lineup that includes MVP candidate Ryan Howard, it is expected that Kershaw will get the nod as the Game 4 starter.

As for the Phillies, who ranked fourth in the NL with a 3.88 ERA this season, the current alignment leaves them very well-balanced between right- and left-handed starters as well as relatively hard-throwers (Myers, Blanton), a change-up specialist (Hamels) and a soft-tosser (Moyer).

"We're comfortable the way it is," Dubee said. "You start flipping it around, and then somebody is going to have 10 days off (between starts), and that's not good."

Philadelphia's starting pitchers ranked fourth in innings pitched among NL rotations (966 2/3) and ranked second in quality starts (88).

 

 

Comments

Since: Dec 26, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2008 6:36 pm
 

Phillies set NLCS rotation

Debate...Uhhhhhhh.  Kershaw is an Ace of the future. A Lefty that has nasty stuff. to say Maddox is a no brainer is moronic



Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2008 3:02 pm
 

Phillies set NLCS rotation

Thanks

Its always the Mets blew it not the Phils won it. Great job.

 




Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2008 1:59 pm
 

Phillies set NLCS rotation

Throw all of your biased opinions out the window......this is the playoffs.  The Dodgers pounded the Cubs....wasn't supposed to happen.  The Red Sox pounded the Angels....wasn't supposed to happen.  The Dodgers are hot....the Phillies are hot.  This is going to be a nice series.  I'm excited to see what happens.  Go Phillies! 



Since: Jun 12, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2008 1:38 pm
 

Phillies set NLCS rotation

This series will be close.  The Dodgers have the edge in pitching and the Phils seem to have the edge in offense.  Yes, and edge.  Now that the Dodgers have Rafy back at the top, I feel the Dodgers have a very underated lineup.   To me the real turning point maybe the Phillies home park.  However both teams will be hitting there so again.  This series will be close.  I will still pick the Dodgers in 6



Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2008 1:33 pm
 

If it's not broke, don't fix it!

Period, the rotation pitched seemless baseball in the NLDS so the rationale would be to keep the same rotation and let Jaime Moyer and Joe Blanton throw on the road again.

Charlie couldn't even blow this one!



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2008 1:22 pm
 

Phillies set NLCS rotation

you are right..myers does suck..I mean throwing a 2 hitter over 7 innings..I cant believe he even made the postseason roster.



Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2008 1:05 pm
 

Phillies set NLCS rotation

The Phils rotation comes as no surprise to many, but I think what could become a major factor in this series will be RISP.  The Phils through the first series vs. the Brewers had alot of 2 out hits in key situations.  There is no doubt that if they continue to do so then they will do well.  Facing alot of righties is definitely a bonus for the Phils considering the depth from the left side of the plate, and it probably won't be Howard or Utley that'll hurt you.  It's the Rollins, Victorino, Werth, and Dobbs that will be the Dodgers demise.  When you look at the Phils record when Rollins is scoring runs, it's awesome.  These two teams are as evenly matched when it comes to bullpen, but when it comes to starters, the Phils are used to pitching in a small park.  That may weigh in on the Dodgers starters when they give up a cheap home run or two.  Could change their mindset, force tem to keep the ball down ,and may lead to some walks.  The Phils can light it up on the base paths, could be some runs there.  When the smoke clears, Phils in 6.



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2008 12:48 pm
 

Phillies set NLCS rotation

Wow - simply brilliant analysis, Manny99isabeast. I mean, why aren't you working with the networks somewhere? You should be getting paid.

Fact: Phillies were 92-70. Dodgers were 84-78. (8 games difference over an entire body of work, in case counting doesn't come as easy as sharp baseball analysis.)

Fact: Dodgers were under .500 shortly after the Phillies outscored them 27-5 in a 4-game sweep.

Fact: Phillies 16-4 in the last 20.

Admittedly, the Dodgers had a great September, and the Loney shot was the kind of killer adrenaline boost that unplugged the fragile Cubs for the rest of the series, not to mention woke the Dodgers from their customary East / Midwest flop job.

But enough about how hot the Dodgers are, how this is a team of destiny. (BTW, How is a team that takes on the baseball equivalent of Lucifer a team of destiny?) The Phillies are scorching as well, and that's with their bats relatively quiet against Milwaukee. Don't sleep on their pitching - its rotation is in your area code, and its bullpen is better.

How can you not look at this objectively and conclude that, top to bottom, the Phillies ARE THE BETTER TEAM? Does it mean they will win. Not necessarily. But at least it allows for some informed analysis rather than random homer blather. And while I am a Phils fans, at least I'm bringing some tangible topics to the discussion. And I love how the nation is on the Dodgers' bandwagon. Phils love it that way.

Finally, Man Ram's idealization after what he has done to teammates and fans in the past is a real crime, one you passe LA fans might have recognized if you followed your team and baseball at large all season. It will be a pleasure to watch this creep turn on you, Manny99isabeast, and your other boring baseball "fans," when the %#@* hits the fan.

Phils in 6.
So long, So Cal.
Manny in NY next season.



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2008 12:46 pm
 

Phillies set NLCS rotation

Wow - simply brilliant analysis. I mean, why aren't you working with the networks somewhere?

Fact: Phillies were 92-70. Dodgers were 84-78. (8 games difference over an entire body of work, in case counting doesn't come as easy as sharp baseball analysis.)

Fact: Dodgers were under .500 shortly after the Phillies outscored them 27-5 in a 4-game sweep.

Fact: Phillies 16-4 in the last 20.

Admittedly, the Dodgers had a great September, and the Loney shot was the kind of killer adrenaline boost that unplugged the fragile Cubs for the rest of the series, not to mention woke the Dodgers from their customary East / Midwest flop job.

But enough about how hot the Dodgers are, how this is a team of destiny. (BTW, How is a team that takes on the baseball equivalent of Lucifer a team of destiny?) The Phillies are scorching as well, and their bats were relatively quiet against Milwaukee. Don't sleep on their pitching - its rotation is in your area code, and its bullpen is better.

How can you not look at this objectively and conclude that, top to bottom, the Phillies ARE THE BETTER TEAM? Does it mean they will win. Not necessarily. But at least it allows for some informed analysis rather than random homer blather. And while I am a Phils fans, at least I'm bringing some tangible topics to the discussion.

Finally, Man Ram's idealization after what he has done to teammates and fans in the past is a real crime, one you passe LA fans might have recognized if you followed your team and baseball at large all season. It will be a pleasure to watch this creep turn on you, Manny99isabeast, and your other boring baseball "fans," when the %#@* hits the fan.

Phils in 6.
So long, So Cal.
Manny in NY next season.



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2008 12:45 pm
 

Phillies set NLCS rotation

Wow - simply brilliant analysis. I mean, why aren't you working with the networks somewhere?

Fact: Phillies were 92-70. Dodgers were 84-78. (8 games difference over an entire body of work, in case counting doesn't come as easy as sharp baseball analysis.)

Fact: Dodgers were under .500 shortly after the Phillies outscored them 27-5 in a 4-game sweep.

Fact: Phillies 16-4 in the last 20.

Admittedly, the Dodgers had a great September, and the Loney shot was the kind of killer adrenaline boost that unplugged the fragile Cubs for the rest of the series, not to mention woke the Dodgers from their customary East / Midwest flop job.

But enough about how hot the Dodgers are, how this is a team of destiny. (BTW, How is a team that takes on the baseball equivalent of Lucifer a team of destiny?) The Phillies are scorching as well, and that's with their bats relatively quiet against Milwaukee. Don't sleep on their pitching - its rotation is in your area code, and its bullpen is better.

How can you not look at this objectively and conclude that, top to bottom, the Phillies ARE THE BETTER TEAM? Does it mean they will win. Not necessarily. But at least some informed analysis rather than random homer blather allows for a more educated guess when making a prediction. And while I am a Phils fans, at least I'm bringing some tangible topics to the discussion.

Finally, Man Ram's idealization after what he has done to teammates and fans in the past - heck, two months ago - is a real crime, one you passe LA fans might have recognized if you followed your team and baseball at large all season. It will be a pleasure to watch this creep turn on you, Manny99isabeast, and your other boring baseball "fans," when the %#@* hits the fan.

Phils in 6.
So long, So Cal.
Manny in NY as a Met next season.


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