NLCS Gameday: Phillies vs. Giants, Game 4

Posted by Michael Baumann, Wed, October 20, 2010 05:19 PM | Comments: 757
2010 Gameday, Posts

Philadelphia Phillies (1-2) at San Francisco Giants (2-1)
San Francisco Giants

Joe Blanton (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Madison Bumgarner (1-0, 3.00)

Time: 7:57, AT&T Park
Weather: Sunny, 62
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As demoralizing as yesterday afternoon’s loss was, a 2-1 deficit is hardly the end of the world. After all, this was exactly the position in which the Phillies found themselves through three games in the 1993 NLCS, against a far superior Braves team–and we all know how that ended. Tonight, the Phils take another crack at San Francisco, and the national audience gets its first chance to see Joe Blanton.

Blanton, for his part, recovered in a big way after a rocky start to the season. In the Big Easy’s last 20 starts, he’s 8-1 with a 3.81 ERA. For his postseason career, Blanton’s 2-0 with a 3.89 ERA in eight appearances. What’s more, he’s been a Cody Ross killer (who’d'a thought that would become important?). According to ESPN’s Stats & Info blog, Ross is 3-for-11 in his career against the former Kentucky Wildcat, but has struck out in each of his last four plate appearances.

Opposing Blanton will be Madison Bumgarner, a 21-year-old lefty out of Hickory, N.C. Bumgarner, a former top-10 pick, had the dubious distinction of being about the fifth-most-hyped rookie to make his debut in the NL at age 20 this season. If you’ve got a name like Madison Bumgarner, you either get stuffed in a locker every day of your life or you grow up to be a total badass. That Bumgarner started and won a postseason clincher on the road against Derek Lowe, 10 weeks after turning 21, suggests the latter. Still, he’s only pitched 121 major league innings, so he’s far from a known quantity.

In other interesting news, Raul Ibanez has been relieved of his place in the starting lineup. After leading the Phillies in most offensive categories in the NLDS, Ibanez has gone 0-for-11 against San Francisco. With Madison Bumgarner, a lefty who relies on power breaking stuff, on the hill, Uncle Cholly has seen fit to remove his aging left fielder and replace him with righthanded-hitting Ben Francisco. The former Cleveland Indian had a .284/.344/.557 slash line against lefties this season and was hit in the head in his only plate appearance thus far this postseason.

Game 2 Lineup: Victorino CF, Utley 2B, Polanco 3B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Rollins SS, Francisco LF, Ruiz C, Blanton P

Victory Lager

Your gameday beer: Left Hand Sawtooth Ale

Seems to me like this postseason’s narrative has been the performance of various lefthanded pitchers. All due respect to Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum, we’ve been hearing a lot about the continued domiance of Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, and the emergence of Jonathan Sanchez, C.J. Wilson (today’s shellacking notwithstanding), and Bumgarner (God willing, ditto). With that in mind, today’s offering comes form Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont, Colorado. This is a solid, medium-bodied American ale that took home bronze in its category at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival. You won’t stop going to bars that won’t stock it, but if you try it, I dare you not to like it.

- PG

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Michael is a graduate student at Temple University who lost his childlike innocence when, at the age of 6, his dad let him stay up for the end of Game 6 of the 1993 World Series. Unsettled by the Phillies' recent success, he has threatened over the years to leave the team he loves if they don't start losing again, but has so far been unable to follow through. Michael spent 4 years as an undercover agent in Braves territory at the University of South Carolina, where he covered football and soccer for The Daily Gamecock before moving back up north. He began writing for The Phrontiersman in June 2009 before moving to Phillies Nation in January 2010.

  • Posts: 0 jt

    pablo sandoval and we though prince fielder was a fat a$$ lol why do we keep giving pat the bat these free passes and going after ross?we need to go after pat and pitch around cody.

  • Posts: 0 MikeB.

    Needed a pitcher to face Sandoval and his rotund body who can blow the fast ball past him. Has to have a slower bat because of all that weight. Sandoval makes Fielder look svelte. So true about giving Burrell the walks, jt. They should go right at Burrell. Since he played with the Phils, they should have a pretty good idea as to how to get him out most of the time.

  • Posts: 0 Roseanne Barr

    jt, I would luv for you to slap my fat a$$ ! Give it to me baby !!!

  • Posts: 0 MikeB.

    The struggles of Victorino, Utley, Ibanez, Rollins and even Ruiz are a big reason for the way things have been going.

  • Posts: 0 Roseanne Barr

  • Posts: 0 Troutman

    1) Not sure what everyone sees in Werth. 27 HR’s this year…not 50, not 40, not 30. Way too many strikeouts. Seems to come up small with RISP.
    2) Chase needs to go. It’s not just about this year with him. There is a long term, 4-5 year decline in virtually all of his offensive numbers. Not sure if he never recovered from the hip, but something is definitely not right with him. Have to trade him while they can still get value for him.

  • Posts: 0 Alberta Skyberg

    Is that Posey guy gonna be any good? Actually, I would enjoy hearing about Brandon Crawford, Michael Main, & Tommy Joseph. Crawford—I liked him during his days at UCLA and thought he & Grant Green would have a similar path to the bigs. Seems that Green is on a much more accelerated track and is expected to have a better bat. Main—a 1st round pick that seemed to be in over his head a little bit. Should I still have hope that he can be a #3 or #4 in the major leagues? Joseph—He is a guy that was one of the exciting catchers of the 2009 draft along with Wil Myers & Max Stassi & Luke Bailey. Will Joseph be a guy that can stay at catcher long term and will his bat carry him to the majors?

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