Tag:2010 NLCS
Posted on: October 24, 2010 6:19 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2010 9:27 am
 

Caught looking at end of season

Ryan Howard The great Baseball Reference blog strikes again. This time, looking at something both Ryan Howard and Alex Rodriguez did this postseason -- ending their team's postseason by looking at a called third strike . On Friday Rodriguez became the ninth player in history to do so, and the next night Howard became the 10th.

Here's a look at the rest, which has seen nine of its 10 members join the club in the last 31 years.

Ryan Howard, 2010 NLCS vs. Brian Wilson
Alex Rodriguez, 2010 ALCS vs. Neftali Feliz
Carlos Beltran, 2006 NLCS vs. Adam Wainwright
Terrence Long, 2003 ALDS vs. Derek Lowe
Roberto Alomar, 1997 ALCS vs. Jose Mesa
Omar Vizquel, 1996 ALDS vs. Randy Myers
Howard Johnson, 1988 NLCS vs. Orel Hershiser
Willie Randolph, 1980 ALCS vs. Dan Quisenberry
Cesar Geronimo, 1979 NLCS vs. Bert Blyleven
Goose Goslin, 1925 World Series vs. Red Oldham

It's no surprise with more playoff series, it's become more uncommon. What's interesting, to me at least, is that only one World Series has ended on a called third strike -- 1925, when Washington's Goslin looked at third strike to give Pittsburgh the title. A total of 16 World Series have ended on strikeouts, but with two strikes and the season coming down to one pitch, most will get the bat off their shoulder and at least try to put the ball in play.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 24, 2010 4:38 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:37 am
 

Ratings up for NLCS

The Giants-Phillies NLCS was the most-watched NLCS since 2006, FOX released on Sunday.

The series delivered a 6.7/12 household rating/share -- good for 11.6 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. The ratings for the clincher, Saturday's Game 6, were up 34 percent from last season's Game 5 on TBS and 31 percent from Game 5 of the 2008 NLCS on FOX.

Overall, the NLCS averaged a 5.5/10 (9.1 million viewers), up 49 percent in viewership and 45 percent over last year's NLCS on TBS. It was the most-watched NLCS since 2006, when the Cardinals and Mets went seven games.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 1:54 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 1:58 pm
 

Phillies-Giants NLCS Game 3 breakdown

Here are the lineups as the Giants hope to gain a big advantage in the NLCS with two road wins against the favored Phillies . Statistics are for the regular season.

Logo Philadelphia Phillies

Postseason stats: Hitting /Pitching

Shane Victorino , CF
overall: .259/.327/.429, 34 SB
on road: .267/.327/.417 in 288 AB
against RHP: .235/.306/.386
vs. SF: .320/.370/.440, 3 2B in 25 AB

Cole Hamels Chase Utley , 2B
overall: .275/.387/.445, 38 XBH
on road: .240/.350/.385 in 208 AB
against RHP: .266/.371/.381
vs. SF: .227/.370/.273 in 22 AB

Placido Polanco , 3B
overall: .298/.339/.386
on road: .306/.351/.387 in 248 AB
against RHP: .305/.346/.403, 5 HR
vs. SF: .231/.286/.231 in 26 AB

Ryan Howard , 1B
overall: .276/.353/.505, 31 HR, 108 RBI
on road: .266/.348/.491, 15 HR in 267 AB
against RHP: .283/.364/.513
vs. SF: .364/.462/.727 in 11 AB

Jayson Werth , RF
overall: .296/.388/.532, 27 HR
on road: .270/.375/.463, 9 HR in 270 AB
against RHP: .300/.382/.556
vs. SF: .227/.320/.409 in 22 AB

Jimmy Rollins , SS
overall: .243/.320/.374, 41 RBI in 350 AB
on road: .221/.311/.349 in 172 AB
against RHP: .300/.382/.556
vs. SF: .357/.357/.714 in 14 AB, 6 RBI

Raul Ibanez , LF
overall: .275/.349/.444, 83 RBI
on road: .250/.326/.396 in 268 AB
against RHP: .277/.366/.455
vs. SF: .250/.350/.375 in 16 AB

Carlos Ruiz , C
overall: .302/.400/.447 in 371 AB
on road: .330/.419/.489 in 176 AB
against RHP: .291/.386/.421
vs. SF: .188/.350/.388 in 16 AB

Cole Hamels (pictured), LHP
overall:  12-11, 208 2/3 IP, 3.06 ERA, 3.43 xFIP
on road: 5-5, 91 1/3 IP, 2.96 ERA, 3.47 xFIP
vs. SF:
2 GS, 1-0, 11 IP, 7.36 ERA, 15 K, 3 BB

X-factor to win : The Giants have pretty good numbers against left-handers, so Cole Hamels will have to bear down even more to avoid some long bombs, especially from Cody Ross.

Keep an eye on: Ryan Howard has been fairly quiet this postseason. The numbers say that may change Tuesday night.

Logo San Francisco Giants

Postseason stats: Hitting /Pitching

Edgar Renteria , SS
overall: .276/.332/.374 in 243 AB

at home: ..274/.317/.389 in 113 AB
against LHP: .286/.351/.443 in 70 AB
vs. PHI: .538/.571/.538 in 13 AB, 3 GP

Cody Ross Freddy Sanchez , 2B
overall: .292/.342/.397 in 431 AB
at home: .333/.394/.419 in 186 AB
against LHP: .343/.388/.500 in 108 AB
vs. PHI: .500/.500/.500 in 2 AB

Buster Posey , C
overall: .305/.357/.505 in 406 AB
at home: .258/.304/.419 in 189 AB
against LHP: .309/.367/.588 in 97 AB, 6 HR
vs. PHI: .417/.417/.583 in 12 AB

Pat Burrell , LF
overall*: .266/.364/.509 in 289 AB
at home: .284/.363/.539 in 160 AB
against LHP: .213/.324/.371 in 89 AB
vs. PHI: .182/.250/.727, 2 HR in 11 AB

Cody Ross (pictured), RF
overall: .269/.322/.413 in 452 AB
at home**: .291/.293/.418 in 58 AB
against LHP: .287/.340/.543 in 129 AB, 7 HR
vs. PHI: .146/.205/.146 in 41 AB

Aubrey Huff , 1B
overall: .290/.385/.506, 26 HR in 569 AB

at home: .264/.361/.471, 12 HR in 280 AB
against LHP: .296/.378/.506 in 162 AB
vs. PHI: .150/.150/.300 in 20 AB

Juan Uribe , 3B
overall: .248/.310/.440 in 575 AB

at home: .280/.335/.479, 13 HR in 261 AB
against LHP: .231/.331/.352 in 108 AB
vs. PHI: .143/.143/.143 in 14 AB

Aaron Rowand, CF
overall: .230/.281/.378 in 331 AB
at home: .242/.294/.382 in 157 AB
against LHP: .211/.292/.389
vs. PHI: .000/.000/.000 in 4 AB

Matt Cain, RHP
overall:  13-11, 223 1/3 IP, 3.14 ERA, 4.19 xFIP
at home: 8-4, 107 2/3 IP, 2.93 ERA, 3.99 xFIP
vs. SF:
N/A

* Does not include TB statistics
**Ross was acquired by the Giants on August 21. Home numbers reflect games played in AT&T Park, even if a visitor.  

X-factor to win : The Giants haven't given Matt Cain support for years, but they'll have to reverse the trend against Cole Hamels if they don't want to dig themselves a big hole against the Phillies' vaunted rotation.

Keep an eye on: Cody Ross loves left-handers. If he's hit three in two games against righties, what will he do against Hamels?

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 1:07 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:53 am
 

No surprises in Phillies' rotation

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel announced his NLCS rotation , and as expected, Joe Blanton will start Game 4.

So here are the matchups:

Game 1: Roy Halladay vs. Tim Lincecum
Game 2: Roy Oswalt vs. Jonathan Sanchez
Game 3: Cole Hamels vs. Matt Cain
Game 4: Blanton vs. Madison Bumgarner
Game 5: Halladay vs. Lincecum
Game 6: Oswalt vs. Sanchez
Game 7: Hamels vs. Cain

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 6:10 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2010 6:11 pm
 

Start times for championship series announced

MLB postseason The start times for the ALCS and NLCS have been announced. The ALCS will have five night games starting at 8:07 p.m. with two 4:07 p.m. starts in Game 2 and Game 5 as the NLCS takes top billing that night. Meanwhile, the Phillies and Giants have a bit of moving around in game times.

You can also view the start times in the MLB Facts and Rumors calendar on Google (replete with pitching probables and the World Series start times). If you have your own Google Calendar, embed it with this link . All times Eastern.

ALCS (on TBS):
Game 1: 8:07 p.m. on Friday, 10/15
Game 2: 4:07 p.m. on Saturday, 10/16
Game 3: 8:07 p.m. on Monday, 10/18
Game 4: 8:07 p.m. on Tuesday, 10/19
Game 5*: 4:07 p.m. on Wednesday, 10/20
Game 6*: 8:07 p.m. on Friday, 10/22
Game 7*: 8:07 p.m. on Saturday, 10/23

NLCS (on FOX):
Game 1: 7:57 p.m. on Saturday, 10/16
Game 2: 8:19 p.m. on Sunday, 10/17
Game 3: 4:19 p.m. on Tuesday, 10/19
Game 4: 7:57 p.m. on Wednesday, 10/20
Game 5*: 7:57 p.m. on Thursday, 10/21
Game 6*: 3:57 (7:57 if no ALCS game) p.m. on Saturday, 10/23
Game 7*: 7:57 p.m. on Sunday, 10/24

*if necessary

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 12, 2010 12:32 am
Edited on: October 12, 2010 6:01 pm
 

NLCS pitching matchup one for the ages

Could anyone have asked for a better NLCS matchup? (Okay, after putting partisan picks aside.)

The Phillies will do battle with the Giants for the right to advance to the World Series, and at the forefront of it will be the most valued commodity in baseball: pitching. Both teams will square off with the best three-deep postseason pitching matchup since 1992's World Series.

Here is a breakdown of the top three starters, plus the projected Game 4 starters.

Tim Lincecum GAME 1

In Game 1, Roy Halladay will battle Tim Lincecum (right). "The Freak" has won the last two Cy Youngs for the Giants, but he has no shot this year -- some due to his own regression, but Halladay is another big reason why. This is as marquee as a matchup can get, and it will be done on the stage of the NLCS.

THE SKINNY :
Lincecum: 16-10, 212 1/3 IP, 3.43 ERA, 3.21 xFIP, 231 K, 76 BB
Halladay: 21-10, 250 2/3 IP, 2.44 ERA, 2.92 xFIP, 219 K, 30 BB

DIVISION SERIES:
Lincecum: 1 GS, 9 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 14 K, W
Halladay: 1 GS, 9 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, W

THE EDGE:
Lincecum struggled through a brutal August, but turned it around and is as hot as any pitcher can be. Halladay is coming off a no-hitter (pictured below, celebrating), and there's just no way to pick an edge. Feel sorry for the offenses.

GAME 2

How much in common do the Phillies and Giants have? So much in common that they're choosing not to slot in a lefty in-between right-handed starters. Nope, the No. 2 starters, handedness be damned, belong to Roy Oswalt and Matt Cain. Oswalt has been stupendous since leaving Houston for Philly, and Cain would be the ace of most teams.

THE SKINNY:
Cain: 13-11, 223 1/3 IP, 3.14 ERA, 4.19 xFIP, 177 K, 61 BB
Oswalt: 13-13, 211 2/3 IP, 2.76 ERA, 3.45 xFIP, 193 K, 55 BB

DIVISION SERIES:
Cain: 1 GS, 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Oswalt: 1 GS, 5 IP, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

THE EDGE:
Oswalt admitted he was rusty in Game 2 of the NLDS, but don't expect that to slow him down. While Cain spun a nice game against the Braves, Oswalt still has him beat in total numbers, so this is also a push.

GAME 3

And here is an all-lefty Game 3, with Jonathan Sanchez and Cole Hamels opposing each other. Sanchez has a no-hitter to his name. Hamels has a World Series MVP trophy. It ain't gonna be easy, especially for Philly's lefty-laden lineup. Say this about the Giants: they have many options from each side.

Roy Halladay THE SKINNY:
Hamels: 12-11, 208 2/3 IP, 3.06 ERA, 3.43 xFIP, 211 K, 61 BB
Sanchez: 13-9, 193 1/3 IP, 3.07 ERA, 4.11 xFIP, 205 K, 96 BB

DIVISION SERIES:
Hamels: 1 GS, 9 IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K
Sanchez: 1 GS, 7 1/2 IP, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K

THE EDGE:
This one isn't a push. Sanchez is a great pitcher with no-hit stuff, but Hamels is consistently great. That gives him a pretty clear edge over Sanchez, but not a gigantic one. Offense aside, this is the one matchup the Phillies need to take advantage of.

GAME 4

Game 4 will likely be started by Joe Blanton and Madison Bumgarner. Each has warts, but each has pros as well. The edge here has to be given to the Giants, which helps make up for losing the Hamels edge. If either team is in a 3-0 hole, a three-man rotation could happen.

THE SKINNY:
Blanton: 9-6, 175 2/3 IP, 4.82 ERA, 4.06 xFIP, 134 K, 43 BB
Bumgarner: 7-6, 111 IP, 3.00 ERA, 4.03 xFIP, 86 K, 26 BB

DIVISION SERIES:
Blanton: Did not pitch
Bumgarner: 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

THE EDGE:

Bumgarner is left-handed, which plays against Philadelphia's lineup and has the experience of clinching the NLDS against the Braves. Blanton has been a bit unlucky this season while Bumgarner has been a bit lucky, but luck derives momentum, and momentum is everything in the postseason. Edge to Giants.

-- Evan Brunell

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