Monday, October 12, 2009

NLDS Game 4 Preview: Phillies at Rockies


This evening, the Phillies will make an attempt to eliminate the Rockies from the 2009 postseason. It would be the Phillies' second win of the day, as sometime after 2am Eastern, Brad Lidge locked down a save following a Ryan Howard RBI sac fly in the 9th inning, to put Philadelphia ahead 2-1 in the series.

Read ahead for notes on the pitching match up and some additional details from this game.

Monday, 6:07pm. Cliff Lee (14-13, 3.22 ERA in regular season...1-0, 1.29 ERA in postseason)vs. Ubaldo Jiminez (15-12, 3.47 ERA in the regular season...0-1 with a 9.00 ERA this postseason). Lee nearly shut out the Rockies in game one of this series, but surrendered a single run in the 9th inning last Wednesday. Lee has never pitched at Coors Field before. Lee is 3-1 with a 2.64 ERA in 4 career starts in October. Jimenez was 6-3 with a 3.06 ERA in his last 10 regular season starts. In 15 starts at Coors Field this season, Jimenez was 8-5 with a 3.34 ERA and a .234 batting avg. against.


Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are each 5-for-12 (.417 avg) in this series. Utley has 4 runs scored and 1 RBI. Howard has 2 runs scored and 4 RBI.

In 10 career NLDS games, Jimmy Rollins is 11-or-41 (.268 avg) with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, 5 RBI and 4 runs scored. Against the Rockies in the NLDS, Rollins is 5-for-25 (.200 avg).

The Phillies' lineup for game 4 consists of the usual suspects- Jimmy Rollins SS, Shane Victorino CF, Chase Utley 2B, Ryan Howard 1B, Jayson Werth RF, Raul Ibanez LF, Pedro Feliz 3B, Carlos Ruiz C, Cliff Lee P.

Scott Eyre left game 3 with an ankle injury. Charlie Manuel had no update on Eyre in his press conference today other than Eyre wasn't limping when Charlie saw him today.

Carlos Gonzalez is 8-for-13 (.615 avg) in the NLDS, with 5 runs scored, a homer and 2 steals.

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