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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).




Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2008 10:41 am

Phillies set NLCS rotation

Every sports media outlet wants to see Manny vs. the Red Sox so they give ZERO credit to the Phillies and express their "opinion" on how the Dodgers should win.  Guess what?  The Phillies have been hotter than the Dodgers, and the Dodgers have been hot.  Does anyone mention this?  NO.  The Phillies starters pitched extremely against the Brewers.  All of a sudden, the Brewers are the worst team in baseball and the Phillies beating them is equivalent to USC beating some high school football team.  The Dodgers beat a very good Cubs team.  BUT, the Cubs felt the pressure before the playoffs even started.  They never had a chance.  All that city did was prepare for the playoffs and talk about home this year was their year.  The Cubs never had a chance.  That series had more to do with the Cubs losing it than the Dodgers winning.  That is NOT TO SAY that the Dodgers aren't a good team.  They certainly are, and I am looking forward to this series.  But I am just tired of listening to everyone say how the Dodgers are/should win and not even hear the Phillies named at all.  You watch Sportscenter and it's all about the Dodgers and the Rays/Red sox series.  If I didn't know any better, I wouldn't have even known the Phillies were still playing baseball.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2008 10:35 am

Phillies set NLCS rotation

No no there is a debate -- Maddux has been terrible and the Phillies have lefty power so this whole series is contingent upon the Dodgers throwing good lefties out there -- I think you go with Kershaw.


This is why the Dodgers are getting Kuo and Beimel ready to pitch out of the pen.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2008 10:33 am

Phillies set NLCS rotation

That is one helluva Analysis!



Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2008 10:09 am

Phillies set NLCS rotation

It is so entertaining reading through these comments.  What happened in Philly the last time the Dodgers were there is in the past.  The past does not matter when it comes to the playoffs.  You still have to go out and play the game.  It is said that great pitching will always beat great hitting, and if that is true, case closed.  The Dodgers had the best ERA in the NL, and they proved the so-called experts wrong by sweeping the Cubs.  I don't know if that was because the Cubs were overrated, or the Dodgers were being overlooked.  The point is, I do enjoy when individuals sell the Dodgers short; go ahead and make the Phillies the favorites.  It is what it is and the game still has to played on the diamond, and it should be a very entertaining series that has the potential to go 7 games.  I am a very loyal Dodgers fan, and I do hope they can win, it won't be easy.  But the world is not going to end if they lose.  Just give both teams the credit they deserve for getting to this point, and lets see what happens.


Go Dodgers!!!!

Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2008 10:08 am

Phillies set NLCS rotation

Actually, the Dodgers SHOULD win this series. One, they are the hottest team playing right now. Two, Im a fatalistic Philadelphia fans. We always get our hopes crushed at some point. Why not this series?

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2008 9:41 am

Phillies set NLCS rotation

Should be close. I think the Dodgers have better starters, pound for pound. However, the Phils bullpen is far more reliable, especially Lidge vs. Saito/Broxton.
If defence and pitching wins, I think the Dodgers will eke it out in 6 or 7 games.

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2008 9:37 am

Phillies set NLCS rotation

The phillies are going to beat the dodgers because they have a better 1-9 lineup than the Dodgers. Sure, the Dodgers have Manny, but around him they really don't have any dangerous hitters. The key is for the Phillies to just put manny on first with walks. The phillies lineup has Howard, who had a great september, Utley, and Pat Burrel. Phillies in 5.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2008 8:31 am

Phillies set NLCS rotation

Wow ~ you just crawled out from under some rock, did it take you all day to come up with that screen name yesterday?  So I guess you'll be off this site come three weeks from now regardless of how things turn out, huh? And the reason Blanton is starting over Kendrick is because Kendrick sucks...that much I can admit!  Other than that, everything else you stated is garbage...we don't have anything to back up how this series is going to turn out, with each team sweeping at the others park...go phils!

Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2008 7:55 am

Phillies set NLCS rotation


Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2008 7:53 am

Phillies set NLCS rotation

Wow good thing you aren't a homer or anything.  Let me give you some facts (something you may want to consider presenting before you just throw your opinion out there)  Forget about Blanton for a second (he didn't pitch in the series, Kendrick did...). When the Phillies swept the Dodgers in August, Moyer, Hamels, and Myers gave up a total of 3 runs in 3 games, with Myers Pitching a 7 inning shutout. Last series, these 4 starters gave up a total of 4 runs in 4 games against a powerful Brewers lineup.  This is shaping up to be a really intriguing series, as these are two very even teams with very similar rosters.

Get some facts before you just decide that Blanton, Myers, and maybe Moyer all suck.

You better watch out because if the last game of the Brewers series is any indiciation, the Phillies bats are starting to get hot which could prove to be dangerous.

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