Discussion in 'Sports' started by xotoxi, Oct 12, 2009.
Speak now, or forever hold your peace!
What would you like me to say?
I'm going with the Phillies in 5.
Phils in 6th.
God help us if clueless Joe makes it to the WS again, his head will swell so badly they won't be able top fit him through doorways.
The Dodgers have home field advantage over the Phillies. They beat them 4-3 in the regular season matchup and this year's Dodger team is far better than the team that lost to the Phillies last year. I predict a great matchup with Dodgers coming out on top, going on to the World Series. Here is my analysis.
Starting Pitching - Advantage Dodgers - lowest Team ERA in National League at 3.41/ Phils at 4.16
Bullpen Pitching - HUGE Advantage to Dodgers. Broxton is unbeatable as a closer. Lidge is flaky- has an ERA over 7.00. Middle relief is very strong for Dodgers.
Batting - Slight Advantage Dodgers. Dodger team batting average at 270 is considerably higher than the Phillies at 258. However, the Phillies have a better slugging percentage 447 vs 412. Both of these teams can score runs.
Fielding - Evenly matched to very slight edge to Philly. Both of these teams make very few errors.
Coaching - Advantage Dodgers - Charlie Manuel is a great guy, but next to Joe Torre he looks like an amateur. Torre has more postseason victories (80) than any manager in Major League history. Joe Torre holds the Major League record with 14 straight World Series wins (from Game Three of the 1996 WS through Game Two of the 2000 WS, including sweeps in 1998 and 99)...the 14 straight World Series victories are the most ever under one manager. Torre is unquestionably the better coach.
Heart - Advantage Dodgers. This is a team that has something to prove. They lost to this Phillies team last year. They are hungry for revenge. They had the best record in Baseball for 90% of the season, finished with the best record in the National League and are still underdogs?
Dodgers in 7. I expect some great games!! Go Dodgers!!
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Also, regarding team ERA...
Philly's higher ERA is mostly attributed to the poor performance early in the season. From the break on, we had one of the best. Yeah, the pen is shaky, but Lidge looks like Lidge of last year now. The slider is sick again.
Manuel already beat Torre in the PS, so I'm not sure how that automatically goes to Torre.
Heart turned to cocky bastardry last year, when LA thought they had it all but wrapped up after one win and a lead in game 4...see Broxton comment above.
If LA is better than last year, so is Philly. We have the best record if not for Lidge's troubles. Batting is even as far as I'm concerned.
I'm only worried about bullpen, but I don't care what happened in the regular season. Post season is a completely different animal.
You'll note that I'm not calling a sweep by any means. I call Philly in 7.
I admit there was a tad bit of hyperbole -Big John has only 2 blown saves all year and 36 saves made. Helluva fastball too..... Lidge has 9 blown saves and his best pitch is a SLIDER? OUCH!!
It should be a great series for two pretty evenly matched teams. Best of luck!
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His best pitch is the slider only IF he's locating the fastball, which has been the problem this year. I also think hitters have been more patient. He's a closer, he has two main pitches like most do. When the fastball is hitting his spot, that slider is downright disgusting.
Remember, Huston Street ALSO had only 2 blown saves all year, with a majority of the saves being 1-2-3 innings.
Like I said, regular season means nothing at this point. We know how to win in the post season, and the Dodgers have yet to prove they can go the distance absent a washed up old guy with a broken rib pinch hitting
Zander does not know politics at all! But he has convinced the Boys in Blue are due to screw the Phillies in seven. Go Blue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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