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NLCS Gameday: Dodgers at Phillies, Game 3

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sun, October 18, 2009 07:30 PM | Comments: 362
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Los Angeles Dodgers (1-1) at Philadelphia Phillies (1-1) http://jenandavid.com/dodgers.jpg

Hiroki Kuroda, RHP vs. Cliff Lee, LHP

Time: 8:07 p.m at Dodger Stadium
Weather: 70% chance of rain, 37
TV: TBS
Twitter: Phillies Nation

The National League Championship Series moves to Philadelphia after the Phillies and Dodgers split the first two games.  The first game featured home runs from Carlos Ruiz and Raul Ibanez.  Despite a stellar performance by Pedro Martinez, the Phillies blew a 1-0 lead thanks to a throwing error by Chase Utley.  After an off day, the series returns with Hiroki Kuroda and Cliff Lee on the mound.

From one extreme to another, weather will be a factor. The weather was beautiful in Los Angeles; 93 degrees and sunny.  It’ll be the complete opposite in Philly: cold and rainy.  The frigid temperatures didn’t seem to bother Lee in game four of the division series.  “I think that affects the hitter more than the pitcher,” Lee said.

Lee has been streaky since joining the Phillies.  He went a perfect 5-0 with an ERA under one in his first five starts, but scuffled towards the end of the year posting an ERA over six.  Right now, he’s in a hot streak.  In 16.1 innings during the NLDS, Lee allowed only two earned runs.  Lee’s only start against the Dodgers came in his Cy Young year.  He pitched seven shutout innings before exiting after allowing a one-run single.

Lee has benefited from the hometown crowd, posting a 2.52 ERA at Citizens Bank Park.  However, Lee will have to watch out for Manny Ramirez.  Ramirez is 6-for-14 (.429) with two home runs against the lefty.

Kuroda will make his second postseason start against the Phillies, with the last coming in 2008′s NLCS.  Kuroda will forever be known as the pitcher who threw at Shane Victorino’s head, but also leading the Dodgers to their lone NLCS victory that year.  He pitched six innings allowing two runs in 08′s NLCS, but that is only a small portion of his success against the Phillies.  In three starts, Kuroda is 1-0 with a 0.95 ERA, 0.58 WHIP and .100 BAA against the Phillies in his career.  He has struck out 17 Phillies in 19 innings.

Kuroda tossed six shutout innings against the Phillies earlier this year, but there is uncertainty surrounding this start.  Kuroda will be pitching for the first time in over three weeks due to a herniated disk in his neck.  Kuroda also suffered an oblique injury and was hit in the head with a line drive this season.

While Manny is always a threat for the Dodgers, Ruiz has been the biggest threat this postseason.  Ruiz is 7-for-18 (.389) with a home run, six RBI, and a stolen base during the 2009 playoffs.

“I’ve got all the faith in the world in our team. It’s going to be a good series, guys. This series by no means is over. It’s going to be a tough series,” Charlie Manuel said.

Break out the rally towels.  Home-field advantage starts now.

Tonight’s Lineup: Rollins (SS), Victorino (CF), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Werth (RF), Ibanez (LF), Feliz (3B), Ruiz (C), Lee (P).

KenzingerYour Gameday Beer – Franziskaner
Why Franziskaner? Because I’m drinking one right now.  And my mom likes it, and she hates beer, so it’s that good.  Brewed in Munich, it’s not too heavy and not too light, and gives off a nice wheat flavor.  Enjoy with a pork tenderloin and celebrate a Phillies victory.  – By Pat

GO PHILLIES!

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  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    So far, in 7 innings, Lee has faced only 23 batters. The minimum possible, of course, is 21.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Dave…..Kendricks is not on the roster

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Lee at 103 going into the 8th with an 8 run lead. I say at this point, yank him.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    boliermaker i know exactly what you are talking about with the background noises..i would hear that on my parents tv where the background noise was very prevalent, even more so than the announcers sometimes
    kyle kendrick is not a bad choice dave

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    Who’s watching the Braves’ playoff games these days?

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Is Jamie Moyer on the roster?

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Brian – the fertility drugs reduce the jacked testostrenone levels that the steroids increase

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    KK and Moyer are not on the roster

     
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    I was wondering why he wasn’t pitching yesterday with a lefty up and the bases loaded…

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    @Joedad: HA!

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    The announcers have been great. And I am really enjoying the lack of Joe Buck.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Kendrick and Myers were left off for Park and Bruntlett…..right?

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    who do we have in the bullpen we can afford to waste? i think lee should be down…they didn’t announce anyone in the bullpen so it’s going to be a moot point

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    @joedad, I think the Braves are beating the Mets today (on PS3).

     
  • Posts: 0 joedad

    These announcers are so pro-Phillies

     
  • Posts: 0 pmacdo

    he did not go!

     
  • Posts: 0 pmacdo

    too bad it didnt count!

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    8 run lead in the 7th. Perfect time for a Jayson Werth Homerun.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    I agree with pmacdo. BS call. That was a walk.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    this is weird that i won’t even need to go to the cvs and get my blood pressure checked after the game

     
  • Posts: 0 pmacdo

    haha yeah really they know how to make you sweat!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    moot point, walk anyway.

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    Randy Wolf is going to be pitching scared tomorrow after seeing this outburst tonight. He can’t pitch at CBP anyway.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Moyer is not on the roster…he is out for the year. He hurt himself in the regular season. He was actually just in the hospital last week for a blood infection.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    @ray, dont jinx this thing man.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    I’m flashing on Steve Colbert’s description of the Mets logo. It’s a diamond, like the place a World Series might be played. And it has the number 2009, the section where the Mets would be watching that game.

     
  • Posts: 0 pmacdo

    oh wow is he ok?

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    Remember when the newspapers outed the owners a few years ago?
    Since then they have spent the money needed to win. Now I love those guys. Guess it worked.

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Ray…I bought my own cuff weeks ago! Saves gas money!

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    actually if the phillies were playing football they’d have 56 points right now and that still wouldn’t beat the patriots..lol

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Here is an article on Moyer. Mayeb he will just be there in plain clothes. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091018&content_id=7487404&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Ibanez is going to smoke one. I feel it.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    Yes, just read the whole thing, “spectator” just started walking the other day in re-hab.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    Craig Sager was dressed by a clown

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    well I guess I was wrong, could have been the gas.

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    @Ed R, I would rather Raul hold off on “smoking one” until we need it!

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    Moyer is in the dugout in uniform tonight.

     
  • Posts: 0 ray

    this is like bizzaro phillies nation…no negative comments, no trolls….no negative phillies comments anyways..lol

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    There was a really good article on fanhouse, AOL’s sport site, about Charley and the rubber ducks last year. I had not heard about it at all until this morning.

     
  • Posts: 0 Sam

    goddamnit Feliz….why do you keep hitting into DP balls?

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    It takes a couple of months to rehab from that surgery…besides there is Myers who deserve the nod over anyone else health willing…

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    agreed, tomorrow would be a great time for a Ibombez…

     
  • Posts: 0 HotDogs

    the wolff pack is dead.

     
  • Posts: 0 j reed

    there is condrey as well

     
  • Posts: 0 Morris Buttermaker

    The wolf pack were jerkoffs. I hated those guys. They yelled at me for sitting too close to them once.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    K K K K K K K K K K

     
  • Posts: 0 mycruzincooler.com

    LEE IS ON FIRE!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Brian of CO

    I really cant help but think Damin it, we would have a 3-0 lead in the series if it wasnt for that damn error. Ok, now you know I am REALLY being Greedy.

     
  • Posts: 0 Tracey

    Eh, the wolf pack were fun to watch from a distance.

     
 
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