Thursday, October 16, 2008

National League Championship Series

As a Cubs fan, I am not really interested in any other team going on to win the World Series. However, I followed the NLCS. The Philadelphia Phillies verses Los Angles Dodgers started up last week.

I really thought the Dodgers had the edge over the Phillies. The Dodgers main star, Manny Ramirez was playing very well throughout the whole playoffs. He is batted well over .500 in the series against the Phillies. However, the Phillies little guys picked up the offensive in every game. Ryan Howard, who led the National League in home runs over the season, only had only one or two hits.

The pitching is what dominated for the Phillies. Cole Hammels, 24, is one of the youngest pitchers I have seen, who might be a potential Hall of Famer, was outstanding in the series. His E.R.A was under 2.00. The man that surprises me very much is Brad Lidge. He is the Phillie's closer. Brad has thrown 44 straight saves for the ball club. That is a tough task to do. Again, the pitching was just marvelous.

Matt Stairs, a pinch hitter for the Phillies, hit a moon shot 2 run home run in the top of the 8th inning in game number 4 that guaranteed the Phillies a World Series run. This home run should go down as one of the most memorable home runs in post season history.

The World Series hasn't been set yet. The Tampa Bay Rays are one game shy of earning their spot in the big dance. It should be a World Series to remember.

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