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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: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: October 8, 2008 7:01 am

Phillies set NLCS rotation

Yeah, the Phillies really suck.  You are an idiot.  Blanton pitched very well his last outing and Myers was untouchable. 

Phillies in 6!

Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2008 4:02 am

Phillies set NLCS rotation

Go with Kershaw.Maddux will ruin the dodgers chances of winning.Too erattic

Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2008 3:32 am

Phillies set NLCS rotation

brett myers 2nd best pitcher in all of baseball in the 2nd half??? comeon now, even for a phillies fan thats rediculous. dont be tellin people to learn baseball after a statement like that. and cuz he called out ur team that makes him a frontrunner? dude, it might seem surprising to you... but sometimes people may like other teams than you. i know u like ur shiny new word "frontrunner" that u spit out after every line, but u made urself look worse than he did

Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2008 3:22 am

Phillies set NLCS rotation

its a decent margin in HRs and RBIs, yes... but not nearly enough to make up for his pathetic defense and below horrible average. dude, hes rockin a 251 AVERAGE! im a Mets fan and i dont think Delgado should be MVP, but atleast he had a gold glove caliber season. id rather have him as MVP with 10 less homers, 20 more points on his average, and an incredibly huge upgrade in defense. anyone that says Howard has average fielding skills is without a doubt a an unrealistic phillies fan, or someone that hasnt seen him play enough. can you honestly name players WORSE than him defensively of ANY position??? man, id take big Prince in the field over him any day. i see what ur getting at with the RBIs and how power hitters dont have speed and average normally... this is all true, but thEE MVP is supposed to be thEE most valuable player, not a one-dimensional guy that does one thing well

Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2008 3:01 am

Phillies set NLCS rotation

And drive in the most runs in the league.  Which the last time I checked, driving in runs is kinda important to winning. Power hitters
generally dont need speed.  I would say he has avg. fielding skills.  Also my theory on his low batting avg. is that he strikes out a lot because pitchers pitch away from him like no one else in the league and he takes cuts at pitches that arent close because he's hungry at the plate.

HR leaders
1. Ryan Howard-48
2. Adam Dunn-40
3. Carlos Delgado-38

thats a pretty good margin.  not to mention 16 more RBI's than Hamilton

Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2008 1:33 am


It has nothing to do with the phillies rotation, but once again Ryan Howard is mentioned as an MVP candidate here. Why do columnists keep bringing his name up as a candidate? Does anyone agree with me that Howard is a hugely overrated, one-dimensional player? Yeah, hes a powerhouse HR guy... can he hit for average? NO. does he have speed? NO. does he have even AVERAGE defensive skills? ABSOLUTELY NOT. that all being said... im not saying i wouldnt want him on my team, but is a guy that cant do anything but hit homers really MVP worthy? and its not like he blew the rest of the league away in HRs either

Since: Apr 13, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2008 11:11 pm

Phillies set NLCS rotation

are you kidding me.  besides CC sabathia, brett myers has been the best pitcher in baseball in the second half.   joe blanton pitched well last game but dont count on him to have a 'better' game.  LEARN your baseball before you come on here and talk trash.  ESPECIALLY since you are no better then a FRONTRUNNER.  glad you joined TODAY and already throw meaningless garbage around.   dodgers may be gelling at the right time but they are playing a solid philadelphia team.  who have better hitters and pitchers.  this should be a great series.  look for philadelphia to win in 6.      frontrunner.

why wouldnt charlie start blanton after he pitched a gem besides the first inning.     frontrunner


and are you kidding me that the MEAT OF OUR ORDER wont hit.  dont count on it genius.   frontrunner.  

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2008 10:33 pm
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Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2008 10:31 pm

Phillies set NLCS rotation

Your a real brain child...  maybe CBS will hire you for baseball analysis!   This will be an excellent series and even though I agree that Manny brings energy and Joe Torre - Wisdom. If the Phillies pitchers continue to pitch the way they have and the bats actually come alive.... The Dodgers will be in trouble. I have been a Philly fan for many years and it somehow seems right that its the Dodgers and the Phillies for the NL Pennant!


GO Phillies!!!

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2008 10:26 pm

Phillies set NLCS rotation


You, my friend, have a problem.  If you're on drugs, get off them.  If you're not on drugs, you might want to get on them.  Your mentation is clearly out of whack.  The last time I saw the Dodgers, they were leaving Philadelphia with their heads between their tails, on the wrong end of a four-game sweep in which they were outscored 27-5.  Yikes.

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