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PHILADELPHIA (97-65) vs SAN FRANCISCO (92-70)
The Phillies took care of business in the first round by sweeping the Reds. The Phils got two fantastic pitching performances from Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels. Halladay threw the no-hitter in Game 1; walking just one and striking out eight. He poured in 25/28 first pitch strikes. Hamels closed out the Reds in Game 3 with a five-hit complete game shutout. He struck out nine. Out of the “H2O” pitching threesome, Roy Oswalt was the only one who looked shaky. In Game 2, Oswalt went just five, giving up four runs (three earned). He left the game with a 4-0 deficit. The Phillies stormed back with a whole bunch of help from Cincinnati. Oswalt has yet to lose a home game as a Phillie.
The Phillies bats weren’t exactly great in the NLDS, but they got the clutch hits that they needed. No individual Phillie had more than three hits in the series.
Philadelphia is trying to become the first National League team to appear in three consecutive World Series since the 1942-1944 St. Louis Cardinals clubs.
San Francisco is back in the NLCS for the first time since 2002. That Giants team was just three outs away from their first World Series Crown since 1954. San Francisco held a 5-0 lead in the seventh inning of Game 6 of the 2002 World Series against Anaheim. Then that darn Rally Monkey showed up. Scott Spiezio hit a three-run homerun barely over the right-field wall in the 7th. In the 8th, Troy Glaus hit the game winner as he went yard with a two-run dinger to give Anaheim a 6-5 lead. (We saw this with New York last night) The Giants couldn’t regroup for Game 7, losing 4-1. It was the closest Barry Bonds came to obtaining that highly coveted World Series ring.
All four confrontations in the NLDS against Atlanta were one-run games. Just like Philadelphia, the pitching for San Francisco was fantastic. Tim Lincecum’s Game 1 performance was phenomenal. He struck out 14 in a 2-hit shutout win. Some experts have even argued that Lincecum’s masterpiece was more dominant than Halladay’s no-hitter.
3 Ways the Phillies Win the Series…..
- The Bats- The hitting wasn’t great in the NLDS. In a series that looks to be low scoring, the bats don’t have to be great, as much as clutch.
- H2O- Will Halladay and Hamels continue their success. Will Oswalt respond coming off a bad start in the NLDS.
- Lidge- The games will be low scoring. Lidge has to preserve wins.
3 Ways the Giants Win the Series…..
- Lefties Sanchez and Bumgerner- The Philles bats struggle against southpaws.
- Pat the Bat- He’ll be fired up going against his old squad.
- Bullpen- Philadelphia is a resilient bunch, they’re never out of a game.
PREDICTION- Phillies in 6
The Phillies have the home-field advantage and are a phenomenal home team. I wrote an article a few months back about which team had the best 1-2-3 punch in baseball. The Giants and Phillies were number one and two on my list. The question of which staff is better will be answered at the conclusion of this series.
About the Author
Written by Adrian Fedkiw
I currently work for the Sports Network. It's the best job ever! I am a 2010 graduate of Temple University where I majored in broadcast journalism, I LOVE SPORTS! That's why I am here. I have a vast knowledge and want to share my athletic intelligence with the world. Some people like to spend their time shooting down aliens in Halo; I like to spend my time watching sports, current and old. It's my passion! I got asked one time how I can watch a game over again when I already know the outcome. 5 minutes later, he's watching Happy Gilmore reciting all of the lines from the movie. Hypocrite! As for my favorite sports teams, I've been a lifelong Philadelphia sports fan. My favorite athlete is Allen Iverson. He didn't like practice that much, but when it came to gametime, no one let it all out on the floor like Iverson. He is absolutely beloved in the city of Brotherly Love. For college athletics, obviously I pay close attention to Temple. (Yes, football too) Even before I stepped foot on Temple's campus for the 1st time in 2005, I was a fan. Oh the good old days of John Chaney! Some other tidbits about myself, I love cheesesteaks, I hydrate myself with Welch's Grape Juice and Snapple. I love the HBO show Entourage. Also, when is Kenny Powers making his much anticipated return in Eastbound and Down!