Wednesday, October 21, 2009

NLCS Game 5 Preview: Dodgers at Phillies


With the Phillies leading the National League Championship Series 3-1, they have one chance to clinch a World Series berth at home. Philadelphia is wildly anticipating game 5 tonight. Read on for details on the pitching match ups and other key information from this game.

Wednesday, 8:07pm. Vicente Padilla (12-6, 4.46 ERA in the regular season. 1-0, 0.62 ERA in the '09 post season) vs. Cole Hamels (10-11, 4.32 ERA in regular season. 1-1, 6.97 ERA in the '09 post season). Padilla is 10-11 with a 4.98 ERA in 26 career starts at Citizens Bank Park. Padilla is still undefeated as a Dodger in 10 games. Opponents are batting .160 against Padilla in 2 post season games. Colbert's ERA in his last 5 starts is 7.00. Cole is 5-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 8 career post season starts. In 3 LCS games against Los Angeles, Hamels is 3-1 with a 3.26 ERA.

Casey Blake and Matt Kemp are a combined 11-for-56 (.196 avg) this post season.

Jim Thome is a career .222 hitter in 64 post season games with 17 homers and 34 RBI.

Ryan Howard has hit safely in every game this post season and has at least one hit in 18 of his past 19 games. Howard's OPS this post season is 1.250.

Scott Eyre has allowed earned runs at home only one time this season. That was way back in April!

Brad Lidge has had 7 straight scoreless outings. That is his longest streak of this season. Lidge's last streak of 7 or more scoreless games was last October, when he had 8 straight scoreless outings to close out the post season. Lidge's ERA at home since the beginning of July is 4.05 ERA.

The Phillies have outscored the Dodgers 25-12 in this series, thus far.

The Phillies are 10-1 in home post season games from 2008-2009.

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