With their backs to the wall, the Phillies came out on Thursday night in need of a win — what they got might not only have been a game, but a series as well.
Down three games to one, the Phillies had to win, and win, and win again. Last night they took care of step one — they have two more steps to complete.
With both Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels set to take the mound in game 6 and 7, the Phils have a good chance to go back to the World Series for the third-straight season.
The Giants, who also have pitching, are set with Matt Cain, who was solid for the Giants already in this series, and Jonathan Sanchez, who could be lethal to lefties.
With so many good starters in this series, it’s the offense which needs to get going in a big way. Let’s take a look at some offensive numbers, as we get set for Saturday’s game 6 in Philadelphia:
|2010 LCS Philadelphia Phillies Hitting|
|2010 LCS San Francisco Giants Hitting|
The Phillies and Giants will face each other on Saturday in game one of the NLCS. Roy Halladay will face Tim Lincecum in perhaps one of the finest pitching matchups the playoffs have ever seen.
As we move forward, and get ready for NLCS baseball, I thought it would be good to take a look at some of the Phillies top NLCS performers. Oh, and by the way, can we play some baseball already! It’s unbelievable that the Phils have not played since Sunday, what a long week!
The Pitchers (NLCS)
Joe Blanton — 0-0, 4.15 ERA — 3 G, 2 GS (13 IP, 13 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 8 BB, 8 SO)
Cole Hamels — 3-0, 3.80 ERA — 4 G, 4 GS (23.2 IP, 24 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 7 BB, 20 SO)
Brad Lidge — 2-1, 1.80 ERA — 15 G (20 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 7 BB, 30 SO)
Ryan Madson — 1-0, 2.16 ERA — 8 G (8.1 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 8 SO)
Roy Oswalt — 2-0, 3.27 ERA — 4 G, 3 GS (22 IP, 19 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 8 BB, 14 SO)
The Hitters (NLCS)
Greg Dobbs — .429-0-0 — (5 G, 3 H, 2B, BB)
Ryan Howard — .314-1-8 — (10 G, 11 H, 9 R, 2 2B, 3B, 6 BB)
Placido Polanco — .455-0-2 — (8 G, 10 H, 2 R, 2B, 4 BB
Carlos Ruiz — .345-1-5 — (10 G, 10, 7 R, 2 2B, 6 BB, SB)
Chase Utley — .278-1-4 — (10 G, 10 H, 7 R, 2 2B, 10 BB)
Shane Victorino — .297-3-12 — (10 G, 11 H, 6 R, 2B, 2 3B, 4 BB, SB)
Jayson Werth — .205-3-6 — (10G, 8 H, 7 R, 2B, 3 BB)
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Let’s check in on Major League camp from today as the Phillies hosted the Tigers in Clearwater.
Domonic Brown (2009) – Brown, the number one prospect in the Philadelphia organization as rated by Baseball America, was impressive at the dish today. Starting in right field and batting sixth, Brown had his best day at the plate, as the youngster went 3-3 with two homers and four RBIs. Brown, a Georgia native, launched his first homer of the spring in the second inning — a solo shot off Tigers starter Justin Verlander, which gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead. Two innings later, the 22-year-old hit a two-run shot off Tigers reliever Phil Coke, which gave the Phillies a 5-1 lead at that point. Brown has impressed all spring with his bat (.417 BA), his glove, and his arm in right field — he’s the real deal.
Cole Hamels (2005) – Hamels, the 2008 World Series MVP, started for the Phillies today and continues with his solid spring. The 27-year-old lefty allowed just one unearned run, on two hits, over five shutout innings en-route to his first win of the spring season. Hamels is now 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA this spring, and looks to bounce back from a down season in 2009.
It’s day # 7 of my daily blogs, keeping you up-to-date with all R-Phils news from spring training — ENJOY!
Kyle Drabek (2009) – Drabek, who was ranked as the number two prospect in the Philadelphia organization by Baseball America before being dealt in the Roy Halladay trade, started for the Toronto Blue Jays today and was sharp. The former R-Phils phenom tossed two shutout innings, allowed one run and one walk against his former ‘mates. Drabek will most likely begin the year in the Minors, but is not too far away from getting a shot at the Major League level.
Greg Golson (2007-’08) – Golson, who was acquired by the Yankees this offseason, is making a case to start the season in the Bronx. A native of Austin, Texas, Golson, 24, went 1-2 with a 2 run-homer (1) in replace of Yankees starting CF Curtis Granderson. While Golson finds himself in a crowded Yankees outfield, a good showing this spring will help his case in 2010.
Cole Hamels (2005) – Hamels started today for the Phils in their game against the Jays and was solid over 3.2 IP. The 2008 World Series MVP retired the first 9 batters he faced, before allowing a solo homer to the Jays’ Jose Bautista in the fourth. In all, Hamels allowed just one run on one hit and two walks and fanned three batters.
Others of Note –
Pat Burrell (1999 & rehab in 2004) – Burrell continued his spring struggles as he went 0-3 and he’s batting just .077 so far this spring.
Michael Taylor (2009) – Taylor started for the A’s and went 0-3 with a K – he’s hitting .154
Keep an eye on –
J.C. Ramirez – Ramirez, 21, was ranked as the 18th prospect in the Seattle system by Baseball America, before coming over to the Phillies this offseason as part of the Cliff Lee trade. Ramirez, who is now on the Philadelphia 40-man roster, tossed three impressive innings today for the Phils, earning his first save of the spring. A native of Nicaragua, Ramirez, could very well end up in Baseballtown at some point in 2010. Today against the Jays, the young righty fanned three and allowed just two hits over three shutout frames.