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NLCS SCHEDULE 2010

October 12, 2010 by staff 

NLCS SCHEDULE 2010, If the key for the Reds vs. Phillies pitching, ironically, the key in the NLCS to the San Francisco Giants – Batting.

It is ironic, because the Reds and Phillies are both known for their stick, and even the Giants and Phillies are both known for their pitching.

But it is in the difference. The Phils can swing both ways, and they have to do to bring down the Giants.

This series is the first time the two franchises have collided with the major issues involved. The last time these two very important set back in 1993, two years before the NLDS existed.

The Phillies and Atlanta Braves won the right to compete in the NLC, with the Giants in San Francisco under only one set of tension behind the Bravos, with a record of 103-59.

The next time you find the Phils and Giants in contention and all dates way back early 1900 when the Giants were located in New York, and the Phillies finished second in the championship race behind them.

Even then, the Giants were so far away, it could hardly be called “race.” It was more like a pennant flag, “the flight” with the Giants win the pennant in 1913, 12.5 games ahead of the Phillies and 1917, when they finished 10 games ahead.

Of course, then the NLDS and NLCS had not existed, and that makes 2010 the first time these two teams were tied in the NLC.

In this version, however, the Phillies are the favorites and the Giants are the challengers.

With the Giants of power on paper to match the Phillies starter starter Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez anchoring a strong rotation and Brian Wilson in the back of one of the best in the NL bullpen this season, they will provide the meter to Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels that will make this series a little more interesting than the Cincinnati Reds’ match-up.

But what makes the difference is that the Phillies have a much more potent offense than the Giants.

The Giants will face the same dilemma that each team will face while against the Philadelphia Phillies 2010 – how to hit against the “H2O” while turning a blind bat. A combination of tasks that must occur in 4 of 7 games …

It seems, the largest opposition with opponents are the Phillies chances.

In all cases, the key to the Phillies this series offers the necessary hits against the three young pitchers talent than the Giants to provide.

Giant’s starter has allowed three earned runs in 29 innings in the NLDS, while the Phillies pitching staff allowed only 11 hits and 4 points for the NLDS together. This is the worst offensive showing in history since the NLDS NLDS was established in 1995 and came to what should be the top scorers in the NHL this year.

I think it’s fair to say that what we are about to follow will beat the trap, making bats, wrenches.

The pitching match-up could Saturday at Game 1 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia will be one of the most anticipated of the season: Halladay, performance fees no hit, taking over two-time defending Cy Young winner Lincecum, which struck on 14 batters in his Game 1 NLDS win – two hits.

The heads-up performance distribution teams face off, is as follows:

HEAD TO HEAD
2010 Record: 3-3 Giants, 3-3 Phillies
Batting average: Giants 0290 | 0226 Phillies
Home runs Giants 8 | 3 Phillies
RBIs: Giants 26 | 25 Phillies
ERA: 4.00 Giants | Phillies 4.50
Strikeouts: Giants 47 | 49 Phillies
Walks: Giants 20 | 10 Phillies

As you can see the comparison side by side, even if the Phillies were clearly the superior offensive series this year has not played that way.

The Giants have homered for the Phils, their average, and has generated more trips to the Phils. The figures show a pronounced taste for the Giants to three instead of the Phillies big three – but as experience has played a key role in the Reds-Phils match-up, as is the case in the NLC as well.

Another way of looking at this series is the position by position. On paper, it seems that the Phillies have the edge in almost all categories. You be the judge. Here’s the breakdown:

CATCHER

Phillies
Carlos Ruiz: 0302, 8 pm, 52 RBIs
Brian Schneider: .240, 4 HR, 15 RBI

Giants
Buster Posey: 0305, 18 hours, 67 RBIs
Eli Whiteside: 0238, 4 HR, 10 RBI

FIRST BASE

Phillies
Ryan Howard: 0278, 31 HR, 106 RBI
Mike Sweeney: 0252, 8 pm, 26 RBIs

Giants
Aubrey Huff: 0.290, 26 hours, 86 RBIs
Travis Ishikawa: 0266, 3 pm, 22 RBIs

Phillies
Chase Utley: 0.275, 16 HR, 65 RBI
Wilson Valdez: 0258, 4 HR, 35 RBI

Giants
Freddy Sanchez: 0292, 7 HR, 47 RBI
Mike Fontenot: 0283, 1 HR, 25 RBI

Phillies
Jimmy Rollins: .243, 8 HR, 41 RBI
Wilson Valdez: 0258, 4 HR, 35 RBI

Giants
Juan Uribe: 0248, 24 HR, 85 RBI
Edgar Renteria: 0276, 3 pm, 22 RBIs

THIRD BASE

Phillies
Placido Polanco: .298, 6 HR, 52 RBI
Wilson Valdez: 0.255, 4 HR, 33 RBI
Greg Dobbs: 0194, 5 hours, 15 RBIs

Giants
Mike Fontenot: 0283, 1 HR, 25 RBI
Pablo Sandoval: 0268, 13 HR, 63 RBI
Juan Uribe: 0248, 24 HR, 85 RBI

FIELD

Phillies
Raul Ibanez: 0.275, 16 HR, 83 RBI
Shane Victorino: 0259, 18 hours, 69 RBIs
Jayson Werth: 0296, 27 HR, 85 RBI
Ben Francisco: .268, 6 HR, 28 RBI
Domonic Brown: 0210, 2 HR, 13 RBI

Giants
Pat Burrell: 0252, 20 h, 64 RBIs
Andres Torres: 0268, 16 HR, 63 RBI
Jose Guillen: 0258, 19 HR, 77 RBI
Cody Ross: 0.269, 14 HR, 65 RBI
Nate Schierholtz: 0.242, 3 h, 17 RBIs
Travis Ishikawa: 0266, 3 pm, 22 RBIs

Starting pitchers

Phillies
Roy Halladay: 21-10, 2.44 ERA, 250.2 IP
Cole Hamels: 12-11, 3.09 ERA, 206.2 IP
Roy Oswalt: 13-13, 2.73 ERA, 211.2 IP
Joe Blanton: 9-6, 4.82 ERA, 175.2 IP
Kyle Kendrick: 11-10, 4.73 ERA, 180.2 IP

Giants
Tim Lincecum: 16-10, 3.43 ERA, 33 starts
Matt Cain: 13-11, 3.14 ERA, 33 starts
Jonathan Sanchez: 13-9, 3.07 ERA, 33 starts
Barry Zito: 9-14, 4.15 ERA, 33 starts

Analgesics MIDDLE

Phillies
Ryan Madson: 6-2, 2.55 ERA, 55 appearances
Danys Baez: 3-4, 5.48 ERA, 51 appearances
Chad Durbin: 4-1, 3.80 ERA, 64 appearances
Jose Contreras: 6-4, 3.34 ERA, 67 appearances
J. C. Romero: 1-0, 3.68 ERA, 60 selections

Giants
Sergio Romo: 5-3, 2.18 ERA, 68 appearances
Santiago Casilla: 7-2, 1.95 ERA, 52 appearances
Jeremy Affeldt: 4-3, 4.14 ERA, 53 appearances
Javier Lopez: 4-2, 2.34 ERA, 77 games
Ramon Ramirez: 1-3, 2.99 ERA, 69 appearances

CLOSER

Phillies
Brad Lidge: 1-1, 2.96 ERA, 27 SV

Giants
Brian Wilson: 3-3, 1.81 ERA, 70 appearances, 48 saves

BENCH

Phillies
Brian Schneider: .240, 4 HR, 15 RBI
Mike Sweeney: 0252, 8 pm, 26 RBIs
Wilson Valdez: 0258, 4 HR, 35 RBI
Greg Dobbs: 0194, 5 hours, 15 RBIs
Gloade Ross: 0.280, 6 hours, 22 RBIs
Ben Francisco: .268, 6 HR, 28 RBI
Domonic Brown: 0210, 2 HR, 13 RBI

Giants
Aaron Rowand: 0.230, 11 HR, 34 RBI
Nate Schierholtz: 0.242, 3 h, 17 RBIs
Edgar Renteria: 0276, 3 pm, 22 RBIs
Jose Guillen: 0258, 19 HR, 77 RBI
Travis Ishikawa: 0266, 3 pm, 22 RBIs

The Phillies will win this series, at most in six games – more likely five years. There are good opportunities, however, that this too could be a sweep. It depends on how the bats are swinging for the Phillies.

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