NLCS set: Phillies vs. Giants
Pat Burrell's home-away-from home homecoming vs. Jimmy Rollins' hometown homecoming...
The Phanatic vs. Lou Seal....
Pat Burrell's dog vs Jayson Werth's Beard...
Ladies and gentlemen, this could get ugly.
The San Francisco Giants won another one-run game against the Atlanta Braves tonight, completing the other half of the NL bracket. It'll be Phils-Giants in the NLCS, beginning Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park (with the aforementioned, whale of a pitching matchup).
The two teams split the regular season series 3-3.
The Phils were out in San Fran in late April, losing 2 of 3. That series would be best remembered by starting on the day Ryan Howard signed a $125 million contract and ended with Ryan Madson kicking a chair and breaking his toe. (The Giants played this series before Rookie of the Year candidate/team MVP Buster Posey was their every day catcher).
The Giants came to Philly two months ago, in the middle of August. Burrell hit home runs in his first two games back at Citizens Bank Park (both Phillies wins). The Phils couldn't finish off the sweep in the third game, when Jonathan Sanchez (the guy you should probably fear in the upcoming series) outdueled Hamels in a battle of lefties. (The Phils played this series without Ryan Howard, who was on the DL with an ankle injury).
The Phillies have been considered the class of the NL for some time now. But I wouldn't sleep on these Giants.
San Francisco has been known for their stable of strong starters (Lincecum, Matt Cain, Sanchez, Barry Zito and rookie Madison Bumgarner), but their offense has been a lot better this season with the additions of Aubrey Huff, Posey and Burrell.
The H2O trio of Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels is tough to beat. But the Giants should be able to put up a darn good fight with Lincecum (16-10, 3.43 ERA), Cain (13-11, 3.14), Sanchez (13-9, 3.07) and Bumgarner (7-6, 3.00).
Phillies and Giants. The fun begins with Halladay-Lincecum, Saturday, at CBP.