Ready to Rumble
NLCS banners gave been hung on the light towers surrounding Citizens Bank Park, Citizens Bank Way is being converted to a pre-game Postseason Party area, the NLCS logos have been painted on the field, TV cameras are in position, auxiliary press box has been set up ….all setting the stage for the playoff opener on Saturday night.
Both teams did media sessions and worked out this afternoon. Deadline for the NLCS roster for both teams is 10 a.m. Saturday.
What better person to give a scouting report on the Giants than Larry Bowa, who’s seen SF close-up as the Dodgers third base coach, a position he no longer will hold. “Putting my name in the want ads,” he laughed.
“Giants don’t have an over-powering offense but they will go up there hacking. They are pretty much base-to-base because of an overall lack of team speed. They will hit-and-run with Sanchez. Make a mistake and they can make you pay with the long ball. Torres is the lone base-stealing threat. Posey is an outstanding young hitter.
“Their strength is the pitching staff, especially their starters. They have four top-quality starters. Sanchez is the most improved from a year ago, 93-94 mph with an impressive breaking ball. They’ll use the slide step and hold the ball to slow down a team’s running game. If the pitchers get behind in the count, they you can run.
“Defensively, they don’t have a lot of range but they do catch what they can get. They don’t beat themselves defensively.”
Busy Sports Complex
The Flyers have moved the starting time of their Saturday game from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the Phillies-Giants game at 8 p.m.
Sunday, the Eagles play at 1 p.m. and the Phillies-Giants again at 8 p.m.
Fans are advised to take public transportation as much as possible. SEPTA is adding additional trains to the Broad Street subway.
Phillies are 3-1 on this date in their postseason, winning game 2 of the 1980 WS, losing game 4 of the Series in 1983, winning the pennant in LA two years ago and taking NLCS game 1 a year ago, also in LA.