Results tagged ‘ NLCS ’

Here We Go …

dodger stadium game 1.jpgIt’s an absolutely beautiful day in Los Angeles.

We will have lineups and official word on Pedro Martinez starting Game 2 a little later. But because we looked at Clayton Kershaw vs. the Phillies yesterday, let’s take a look today at Cole Hamels’ numbers vs. the Dodgers:

  • Brad Ausmus: .000 (0-for-4, 1 walk, 1 strikeout).
  • Ronnie Belliard: .269 (7-for-26, 1 double, 2 homers, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts).
  • Casey Blake: .286 (4-for-14, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout).
  • Andre Ethier: .100 (1-for-10, 1 double, 2 strikeouts).
  • Rafael Furcal: .143 (1-for-7, 2 strikeouts).
  • Orlando Hudson: .167 (2-for-12, 1 double, 4 strikeouts).
  • Matt Kemp: .333 (4-for-12, 1 double, 5 strikeouts).
  • James Loney: .250 (3-for-12, 1 double, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts).
  • Mark Loretta: .250 (1-for-4).
  • Russell Martin: .273 (3-for-11, 1 homer, 2 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts).
  • Juan Pierre: .250 (3-for-12, 1 double).
  • Manny Ramirez: .250 (2-for-8, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout).

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Holy crap, Kevin from The Office taunts the Phanatic.

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I’m picking the Phillies in five.

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Kershaw vs. Hamels in Game 1

kershaw.jpgIt’s Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw (8-8, 2.79 ERA) vs. Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels (10-11, 4.32 ERA) in Game 1 of the NLCS.

Kershaw is 0-3 with a 6.45 ERA (16 earned runs in 22 1/3 innings) in four starts and two postseason relief appearances in his career against the Phillies. He is 0-2 with a 5.23 ERA in two starts against the Phillies this season.

“That was a long time ago,” said Kershaw, asked about this season’s struggles against the Phillies. “I think I’ve gotten better since then. I think I’ve figured some stuff out from the beginning of the season to now, and there’s a lot of stuff obviously I have to change from those starts. But nothing specific or nothing that I can pinpoint, it’s just go out there and pitch the way that I’ve been pitching the past couple times out and don’t worry about what’s happened in the past. I think that’s the most important thing for me.”

Here are Kershaw’s regular-season splits against the Phillies: Jimmy Rollins .273 (3-for-11, one double, one RBI, one hit by pitch); Shane Victorino .125 (1-for-8, one RBI, two strikeouts); Chase Utley .300 (3-for-10, one double, one home run, one RBI, two walks, four strikeouts); Ryan Howard .125 (1-for-8, one double, three RBIs, three walks, three strikeouts, one sacrifice fly); Jayson Werth .300 (3-for-10, one walk, two strikeouts); Raul Ibanez .400 (2-for-5, one double, two walks); Pedro Feliz .500 (2-for-4, one double, two walks); Carlos Ruiz .000 (0-for-2, two walks, one strikeout) and Ben Francisco .000 (0-for-2, one walk).

Hamels has fared better against the Dodgers. He threw a shutout against them at Dodger Stadium on June 4. He went 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two starts against them in last year’s NLCS to earn series MVP honors. He is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in four career regular-season starts against them.

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Got to LA in one piece yesterday. Stayed Monday night near the Denver airport, which I’m pretty sure is somewhere in Nebraska. Flew to LA. Got stuck in traffic on the 110. Got some In-N-Out. Did laundry. Took a NyQuil and went to bed.

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Travel Day, Park to Join Roster?

nlds 1012 b.jpgThis is no time to rest.

Most of the the Phillies flew last night from Denver to Philadelphia after they clinched the NLDS. I’d tell you what happened, but I’m sure you might have seen highlights. Anyway, many players remained in Denver to fly to Los Angeles on their own today. But the rest of the team is scheduled to fly to Los Angeles tonight for a workout tomorrow at Dodger Stadium.

Game 1 of the NLCS is Thursday.

The Phillies have not announced their Game 1 starter, but it has to be Cole Hamels. He is well rested, and has had tremendous success against the Dodgers. He threw a shutout against them at Dodger Stadium on June 4, went 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two starts against them in last year’s NLCS to earn series MVP honors and is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in four career regular-season starts against them.

That decision should be easy, but there will be more difficult decisions ahead.

Chan Ho Park threw a bullpen session yesterday in Clearwater, Fla. Ruben Amaro Jr. said today that Park will be travelling with the team to Los Angeles, which means he is in the running for a roster spot, although Amaro said no roster decisions will be finalized until Thursday.

But to add Park, the Phillies would have to remove somebody. Who? The bullpen currently includes Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Joe Blanton, J.A. Happ, Pedro Martinez, Scott Eyre, Chad Durbin, Brett Myers, Antonio Bastardo and Kyle Kendrick. I included Blanton, Happ and Martinez in there because who knows how Manuel will use them against the Dodgers?

“I think if we were to advance we’re definitely going to sit and talk about our roster,” Manuel said before Game 4 of the NLDS. “If there are things that we feel like we need to change, of course we will. The whole thing about it is we want to get the best 25 guys we possibly can have to help us win. If there’s a chance we can change our roster and better our club or something … then that’s what we’ll do.”

The Phillies also must decide who starts Game 2. Lee would be unavailable, unless they bring him back on short rest. If they don’t do that, it would be Blanton, Happ or Martinez.

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