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Giants vs. Phillies

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 2:28 a.m. HST, Oct 13, 2010

A look at the best-of-seven National League championship series between the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies:


Schedule (All games on FOX; all Hawaii times); x-if necessary

» Saturday, S.F. (Lincecum 16-10) at Philadelphia (Halladay 21-10), 1:57 p.m.
» Sunday, S.F. (Cain 13-11) at Philadelphia (Oswalt 13-13), 2:19 p.m.
» Tuesday, Philadelphia (Hamels 12-11) at S.F. (Sanchez 13-9), 10:19 a.m.
» Game 4, Wednesday, Oct. 20, at San Francisco, 1:57 p.m.
» x-Game 5, Thursday, Oct. 21, at San Francisco, 1:57 p.m.
» x-Game 6, Oct. 23, at Philadelphia, 9:57 a.m. or 1:57 p.m.
» x-Game 7, Oct. 24, at Philadelphia, 1:57 p.m.




» CF Andres Torres (.268, 16, 63, 26 SBs)
» 2B Freddy Sanchez (.292, 7, 47)
» 1B Aubrey Huff (.290, 26, 86)
» C Buster Posey (.305, 18, 67 after being called up from minors May 29)
» LF Pat Burrell (.266, 18, 51, signed to minor league deal May 29 after release by Tampa Bay and called up from Triple-A on June 4)
» SS Juan Uribe (.248, 24, 85)
» RF Cody Ross (.269, 14, 65 with Florida and Giants)
» or Jose Guillen (.266, 3, 15 after acquired from Royals)
» 3B Pablo Sandoval (.268, 13, 63)


» CF Shane Victorino, right (.259, 18, 69, 34 SBs)
» 3B Placido Polanco (.298, 6, 52)
» 2B Chase Utley (.275, 16, 65)
» 1B Ryan Howard (.276, 31, 108)
» RF Jayson Werth (.296, 27, 85)
» SS Jimmy Rollins (.243, 8, 41 in 88 games)
» LF Raul Ibanez (.275, 16, 83)
» C Carlos Ruiz (.302, 8, 53).




» RH Tim Lincecum (16-10, 3.43, 231 Ks)
» RH Matt Cain (13-11, 3.14, 177 Ks)
» LH Jonathan Sanchez (13-9, 3.07, 205 Ks, career-high 1931/3 innings)
» LH Madison Bumgarner (7-6, 3.00, 86 Ks in 18 starts as rookie)



» RH Roy Halladay, right (21-10, 2.44, 9 CGs)
» RH Roy Oswalt (7-1, 1.74 in 13 games with Phillies after trade from Houston)
» LH Cole Hamels (12-11, 3.06)
» RH Joe Blanton (9-6, 4.82)
» or RH Kyle Kendrick (11-10, 4.73)



» RH Brian Wilson, right (3-3, 1.81, major league-best 48/53 saves)
» RH Ramon Ramirez (1-0, 0.67, 1 save)
» LH Javier Lopez (4-2, 2.34)
» LH Jeremy Affeldt (4-3, 4.14, 4 saves)
» RH Santiago Casilla (7-2, 1.95, 2 saves)
» RH Sergio Romo (5-3, 2.18)
» LH Barry Zito (9-14, 4.15)



» RH Brad Lidge (1-1, 2.96, 27/32 saves)
» RH Ryan Madson (6-2, 2.55, 5/10 svs)
» RH Jose Contreras (6-4, 3.34, 4/5 svs)
» LH J.C. Romero (1-0, 3.68, 3 saves)
» RH Chad Durbin (4-1, 3.80)
» LH Antonio Bastardo (2-0, 4.34)



» Both original NL franchises, but share little history between them. Have never met in the postseason. (The biggest sports link connecting the cities might be in the NBA -- Wilt Chamberlain and the old Philadelphia Warriors moved West in 1962 and became the San Francisco Warriors. Oh, and the Eagles beat the 49ers last weekend). ...
» Giants and Phillies went 3-3 against each other this year. Starting in 2000, they're 36-36 in head-to-head games. ...
» Fun facts about the aces: The only player to hit at least three career home runs off Lincecum is Howard, the Phillies' slugger. And, Halladay is 0-2 lifetime vs. the Giants with a 7.23 ERA, his highest for any opponent he's started against at least three times. ...
» Lincecum and Hamels got no-decisions in the Phillies' 7-6 win in 11 innings early in the season. Lincecum struck out 11, Hamels fanned 10. ...
» Burrell drew a standing ovation when he returned to Philly for the first time since helping the Phillies win the 2008 World Series. The cheers turned to boos when he homered in his first at-bat Aug. 17. Burrell homered the next game against the Phillies, too. ...
» Phillies manager Charlie Manuel picked Giants manager Bruce Bochy to be on his NL staff at the All-Star game in July.



» Giants: Back in the NLCS for the first time since 2002. That year, Barry Bonds and the Giants came within five outs of bringing the first World Series crown to San Francisco. ... Beat Atlanta 3-1 in the NLDS, with every game decided by one run. Lincecum won the opener, pitching a two-hitter and striking out 14 for a 1-0 win in his playoff debut. The four-man rotation of Lincecum, Cain, Sanchez and Bumgarner allowed only three earned runs in 29 innings. ... Posey, photo at right, went 6-for--16 against the Braves, a strong showing by the rookie. ... General manager Brian Sabean boosted lineup with acquisitions all season, bringing in Burrell and Guillen and giving them second chances. Ross came from Florida and provided pop and depth in the outfield. Lefty-hitting infielder Mike Fontenot came over from the Cubs and played in some key games in place of Freddy Sanchez. There were two new bullpen additions at the trade deadline, too: Ramirez and Lopez. ... Posey was called up in late May and initially put at first base to get his bat in the lineup. Went back to his regular position after catcher Bengie Molina was traded to Texas, and blossomed into leading contender for NL Rookie of the Year.

» Phillies: Halladay's no-hitter against Cincinnati in his playoff debut started a three-game sweep in the NLDS. Now the Phillies have a chance to become the first NL team to win three straight pennants since Stan Musial and the St. Louis Cardinals in 1942-44. ... Threw dominant pitching at the Reds in the first round. Hamels, MVP of the Phillies' 2008 World Series championship, pitched a shutout in the clincher -- Halladay, Hamels and Oswalt combined for 22 strikeouts and two walks vs. the Reds. ... Balanced lineup beat Cincinnati. None of the Phillies got more than three hits. Utley, as always, got clutch hits. ... Rollins was dropped from his leadoff spot in the NLDS, and went 1-for--11 against the Reds. ... Philadelphia (97-65) won its fourth straight NL East title. Manuel's team overcame a seven-game deficit on July 22 by going 49-19. ... Injuries decimated the Phillies early, forcing six of the eight regulars to spend time on the disabled list. ... The starting rotation is the best in the majors. A bullpen that struggled last year is a strength. Lidge bounced back from a poor season, and the Phillies were 85-2 when leading after eight innings. ... Won the second World Series title in franchise history by beating Tampa Bay in 2008, lost to the New York Yankees in six games last year.



» Ace High. The Game 1 matchup between Halladay and Lincecum is about as good as it gets. Howard has done well against Lincecum (6 for 19 with 3 HRs and 2 doubles), but Utley hasn't (2 for 20, 8 strikeouts). Maybe Huff can give his Giants teammates a scouting report on Halladay -- Huff has batted against the Phillies ace 73 times (.258, 0 HRs).
» Shear the Beard. Wilson has struggled against the Phillies, with a 6.43 ERA in eight games. He blew a save chance in April by giving up a three-run double to Werth with two outs in the ninth.
» Healthy or Hurting? Rollins has been in and out of the lineup this year with an assortment of injuries. No telling how effective the former NL MVP will be. Guillen delivered several big hits for the Giants, but was left off their first-round roster because of neck trouble.

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