Sizing UpThe Giants
No workout today for the Phillies. But, they’ll be back on the Citizens Bank Park field tomorrow, weather permitting and then a final tune-up on Friday for the NLCS vs. the Giants that begins Saturday night.
Both teams feature strong starting pitching which would indicate a lot of low-scoring games. The Giants’ three wins over the Braves were all one-run decisions.
The Phillies and Giants split six games during the season and none were real pitcher’s duels. At ATT&T Park in April, the Giants won 5-1, 6-2 and lost 7-6 in 11 innings. When the two teams met at Citizens Bank Park in August, the Phillies won 9-3, 8-2 and lost 5-2. Sanchez was the most dominant starter, winning the 5-1 and 5-2 games.
The Giants’ lineup these days is quite different from the April 5 opener: Roward, cf; Renteria, ss; Sandoval, 3b; Huff, 1b; DeRosa, lf; Molina, c; Bowker, rf; Uribe, 2b.
Only Huff and Uribe were in the starting eight for the NLDS against the Braves.
Key additions during the season were the calling up of Posey and lefty Bumgarner; free agent signings in Burrell and Guillen, trading for Fontenot and claiming Ross on waivers from the Marlins. Funny how things can work out. Believing the first-place Padres were going to claim Ross, the second-place Giants put in a claim. He drove in key runs during the NLDS. Ross actually took Guillen’s job; Guillen wasn’t on the NLDS roster.
Best two teams in the majors since July 5 were the Phillies (55-25) and Giants (51-30). In come-from-behind wins, the Phillies were third in the NL (42), the Giants, fifth (37).
The nucleus of the Phillies is home grown. In the starting eight, only Posey, the catcher, was drafted and developed by the Giants. But, when it comes to the rotation, it is a different story with all four home-grown: Lincecum, Cain, Sanchez, Bumgarner.
The enemy likes to throw lefty relievers at the Phillies. The Giants have two, Affeldt and Lopez. Zito, a lefty starter, wasn’t on the NLDS roster but could be added which would give the Giants three. Both the Phillies and Giants have until 10 a.m. Saturday to file their NLCS rosters with MLB.
Phillies are 2-1 in postseason history on October 13. The Red Sox won the World Series in 1915 at Baker Bowl, the 1993 Phillies beat the Braves at Veterans Stadium to advance to the World Series and two years ago, Matt Stairs hit his memorable pinch-hit home run at Dodger Stadium.