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I am getting to this a tad to late.. the game starts in 30 minutes....but what excitement in Philadelphia and in San Francisco. And talk about another good pitching match up today, with Cole Hamels for Philly and Cain for San Fran. Right now, the Phillies are tied up 1 game a piece with the Giants. Sunday's night game was not a must win for the Phillies, since this is a best of 7 game series, but you might have well called it a must have. To be down 2 games with the next 3 in San Francisco, would have been a deep hole.
~ Today's pitching match up with some regular season stats ~
Summary : Why I love the Phillies in this one? The Phillies bats were a tad better than the Giants both in the regular season and so far in the play offs. The Phillies players have much more experience. And I think the Phillies beat a Cincinnati team in 3 games than the Giants beat in an Atlanta team in 4 games. The Cincinnati Reds had the best offense in the regular season.
And with today's pitching match up, one can not love Hamels in this one. In Hamels play off years, he is 6-3 in 11 games with a 3.36 combined era in 69.2 innings pitched. He pitched terribly last year, not being in form and he even admitted this. Just last year alone, Hamels was 1-2 with a 7.58 era. He only allowed 2 hits against Cincinnati.
In regards to Cain, he has only played 1 play off game ever, and that was against the Atlanta Braves 10 days ago. yes, he gave up no runs in 6.2 innings, but that was it. Hamels pitched a complete game shut out.
Jeff's Prediction : Phillies 5 San Francisco 1
Phillies win the NLCS 4 games to 2 games
GO PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES