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Hamels vs. Cain

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Hola, amigos. What’s up? It’s been a long day, so I haven’t had a chance to blog.

My bad.

Cole Hamels and Matt Cain spoke yesterday at AT&T Park. They’re ready to go today in Game 3. I know Hamels does not have great numbers at AT&T Park, but I feel like he’s going to pitch a good game. Not sure why I think that other than he’s really, really good and is due to pitch a good game here, but I do. I think the Phillies can hit Cain, too.

Other predictions: Cody Ross doesn’t hurt the Phillies the rest of the series. … Joe Blanton pitches Game 4. … Jimmy Rollins finds his stroke. … I make an In-N-Out run before Wednesday’s game.

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How Can the Phillies Stop Cody Ross?

ross 1017 2010.jpgAfter Cody Ross hit two solo homers Saturday against Roy Halladay, somebody figured out Ross’ name spelled backward is “Ssory Doc.”

Hey, it’s close enough.

Ross’ homers in Game 1 of the NLCS helped the Giants to a 4-3 victory. It was an unbelievable game against an incredible pitcher, but when Ross broke up Roy Oswalt‘s no-hitter Sunday with a home run in Game 2 at Citizens Bank Park, the question had to be asked:

What must the Phillies do to stop Ross?

“We’ve got to make better pitches,” Rich Dubee said. “Give him credit. He’s hit them. But we haven’t made good pitches to him, either.”

Oswalt threw high and tight to Ross in his first at-bat in the second inning, but Ross walked and then homered in his next at-bat. He flied out to the deepest part of Citizens Bank Park in center field in the seventh before Ryan Madson struck him out looking in the ninth.

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Remain Calm

cody ross.jpgA couple stats for you:

Teams are 52-28 when taking a 1-0 lead in the LCS.

They are 35-4 when taking a 2-0 lead.

Those are not comforting numbers for Phillies fans, but they are no reason to panic. They only mean Game 2 tonight is huge. If the Phillies win Game 2, it’s even. And teams that take a 2-1 lead in the LCS, which the Phillies would have the opportunity to do if they even the series tonight, are 43-17.

And think back to the last time the Phillies played a seven-game series. They took a 1-0 lead against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the 2009 World Series. I recall some nervous Yankees fans following that Game 1 loss to Cliff Lee, but the Yankees outplayed the Phillies the rest of the World Series.

The Phillies certainly have the ability to do to the Giants what the Yankees did to them.

Of course, they will need to hit Jonathan Sanchez, who is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts this season against the Phillies.

“Usually we win Game 1 and find a way to lose Game 2,” Jimmy Rollins said. “Now we have to find a way to win Game 2 and go back out to San Francisco. We don’t get afraid of playing on the road. We’ve won on the road. We’re comfortable there also. So we’ve just got to make sure we get even tomorrow because you don’t want to go down 0-2.”

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Quote of the night from Tim Lincecum about the catcalls he got from Phillies fans: “I was thinking I must have a really nice butt. But I heard a lot of them. It kind of hypes you up a little bit. You’re fighting a lot more than the Philly team. It’s the whole Philly atmosphere.”

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