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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: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2008 10:25 pm
 

Phillies set NLCS rotation

I will give it to you that Maddux has experience, but experience hasn't mattered in this postseason. Billingsley and Kuroda, neither one had experience and pitched brilliantly. Also, it concerns me that Maddux postseason appearences as a starter has not been very good. I remember the last time he pitched for the Dodgers in the postseason, he got shelled. Torre obviously gets paid to make these decisions which is a good thing because I would have screwed it up a long time ago.



Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2008 10:21 pm
 

Phillies set NLCS rotation

If you read the article the deciding factor was that the Phils lineup has Howard and Utley and a lefty would be better.



Since: Oct 2, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2008 10:05 pm
 

Phillies set NLCS rotation

im not sure how close the game will be...as a phillie phan i would love to c the phils sweep this series. if the phils can get there bats going they will def win this series. they have one of the most dangerous lineups in baseball and like previously mentioned the dodgers have noone "scary" but manny. and as far as the phils pitcing goes there starters have been great in the post season so far and brad lidge is still perfect the last time i checked so for once im not worried about how there pitching will do



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2008 9:51 pm
 

Phillies set NLCS rotation

Agree with everything you have there.  The one thing I would point out is that the Phils bullpen is well rested after barely being used against the Brewers.  Call it Philly Phan bias, but I don't think this series is close.  The Phils have to go into the series thinking they won't let Manny beat them.  Well if they don't pitch to Manny, who in that lineup scares you?



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2008 9:47 pm
 

Phillies set NLCS rotation

Your ignorance is blatant.  With the exception of 2 starts, Myers was as dominant a starter as anyone in the NL since he came back from his stint in minors to get straight.   Blanton has pitched better and better as he got settled in after coming in a trade.   The Dodgers are going to run into trouble rolling 4 straight Righties against the Phils left handed power hitters.  By the way, your caps lock is stuck.



Since: Sep 22, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2008 9:41 pm
 

Phillies set NLCS rotation

if brett myers pitches like he did when he came back from the minors you have a different story buddy. we don't need all of OUR hitters to be on, just a few unlike the dodgers... they stunk before they got manny and if cole hamels, jamie moyer and brett myers(if he decides to show up) take only him away we win. blanton won't have to do anything because he only allows three runs a game and strikes out 7-9 guys a game. dodgers will make it close but not win.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2008 9:41 pm
 

Phillies set NLCS rotation

Wow...I wonder if this guy is a Dodgers fan because until he would have said "Go Dodgers" at the end he had a totally unbiased opinion. (in case no one could pick that up it was sarcasm)

Anyway Myers pitched horrible in the first half, but save his final 2 starts in the regular season he has been lights out in the second half. He pitched a hell of a game against the brewers, and basing this on the fact that the Brewers had a more dangerous lineup he should be pretty solid in the NLCS. Blanton as a fourth starter, well for a 4th guy in the rotation I would be pretty happy with a guy who consistently throw into the 6th inning and keeps teams in the game. The Phillies have maybe the most explosive lineup in the NL so that seems like a fair shot to me. I will give the Dodgers their due. They have a much better offense since the Manny acquisition. Kemp the big hero in the NLDS for his 6 rbi's hit .215ish. Kent is old but supplies leadership so I would play him and take his liabilities in the field because the rest of the team is pretty young and weak at the plate. It should be a great serious. The Dodgers advantage is on days 3 and 4. Their starters their are much more reliable but I think the Phillies take game 1 and 2. Depending on Moyer against the relatively young lineup it could go the Phillies way. I give Kershaw the advantage in game 4 (if they pitch maddux Torre should be fired, young left handed stud against the Phillies is the best possible scenario). And then Hamels pitches again in 5 and myers in 6. I think the Phillies win in 6. In a relatively close serious. Dodgers win if Philadelphia's bullpen falters because of overuse.



Since: Oct 7, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2008 9:28 pm
 

Why is Manuel starting Blanton?

WHY ARE THE PHILLIES EVEN TRYING? MANNY WILL KILL THEM. JOE BLANTON AND BRETT MYERS BOTH SUCK.  THEY MIGHT HAVE TROUBLE VS. HAMELS AND MAYBE MOYER. BILLINGSLEY AND LOWE WILL TAKE THEM DOWN. KURODA WAS AMAZING VS. CHICAGO AND WILL DOMINATE BRETT MYERS. HOWARD, UTLEY, ROLLINS, AND VICTORINO WILL NOT HIT KERSHAW. BURRELL WILL KILL HIM. HE WON'T HIT BILLINGSLEY. I THINK MATT KEMP WILL HAVE BIG GAMES.

GO DODGERS




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2008 9:27 pm
 

Phillies set NLCS rotation

The Dodgers 4th starter may be Greg Maddux or Clayton Kershaw...

What exactly is the debate here?

You go with Maddux based on experience.  And before you pull the age thing remember that the Phillies are starting Jamie Moyer who is older then Maddux.

Then again, for some reason Kyle Kendrick was set to start instead of Joe Blanton, but the Phillies luckily figured that one out.



Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2008 9:26 pm
 

Phillies set NLCS rotation

This is going to be an interesting series.  If the Phillies' bats do what they are capable of it should go the Phillies' way.  If they continue to rely on the long ball, however, it could be a nailbiter and would not be surprised to see the hot Dodgers win the series.


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