Charley Kerfeld, special assistant to the GM, offers his scouting report on Kuroda:
“Kuroda locates his fast ball well; he’s in the 89-94 range. Fast ball can be a little straight. He’ll throw his slider to both sides of the plate at 83-86. His third pitch is a hard split, 87-88. He isn’t as aggressive as the first two starters.”
When Kuroda was a free agent last winter, we were in the mix early. But the Japanese right-hander preferred to remain on the west coast. Hey, we are on the west coast of the Delaware River!
The right-hander has been tough on us this season, allowing 4 hits in 13 innings, a .095 average.
Jamie is facing the Dodgers for the first time this season. Manny has been a lifetime thorn with 10 homers among 18 hits against Jamie.
Dodgers and Phillies were both 48-33 in their home ballparks. We had the best road record in the NL, 44-37, with 4 of those losses coming in Dodger Stadium in August.
44 members of the Philadelphia media corps are in LA for these games, six different newspapers, five TV stations and one radio station.
Facing Big Stars
A lot has been written and said about playing against Manny Ramirez. John Roach, who writes a blog, provided an interesting story about other super stars we’ve faced in the postseason: