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  1. Ryan Howard was hardly the Phillies’ biggest problem

    Oct 25, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    Ryan Howard struck out a ton in the playoffs, including watching a called third strike to end Philadelphia’s season in a spot where just about everyone can agree that he should have swung, but the increasingly repeated notion that he’s primarily to blame for the NLCS loss to the Giants seems to be ignoring one…

  2. Underrated reliever Ryan Madson comes up big for Phillies

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

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    It’s probably time that Ryan Madson got some attention for being one of the best relievers in baseball. He’s appeared in four of five NLCS games, tossing 4.2 scoreless innings, and went 6-2 with a 2.55 ERA, .212 opponents’ batting average, and 64/13 K/BB ratio in 55 innings during the regular season. Since moving to…

  3. Tim Lincecum could be available as a reliever in Game 6 and 7

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum threw 104 pitches in last night’s loss to the Phillies, but manager Bruce Bochy said afterward that the reigning back-to-back Cy Young winner could be available out of the bullpen in Game 6 or Game 7 of the NLCS: I wouldn’t say he’s finished for the series. If needed, it’s one of these…

  4. NLCS Game 5: Giants lineup versus Roy Halladay

    Oct 21, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 3

    Here’s the Giants’ lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS tonight against Roy Halladay: 1. Andres Torres, CF 2. Freddy Sanchez, 2B 3. Aubrey Huff, 1B 4. Buster Posey, C 5. Pat Burrell, LF 6. Cody Ross, RF 7. Pablo Sandoval, 3B 8. Juan Uribe, SS 9. Tim Lincecum, P Despite facing a right-hander last…

  5. NLCS Game 5: Phillies lineup versus Tim Lincecum

    Oct 21, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    Here’s the Phillies’ lineup for Game 5 of the NLCS tonight against Tim Lincecum: 1. Shane Victorino, CF 2. Placido Polanco, 3B 3. Chase Utley, 2B 4. Ryan Howard, 1B 5. Jayson Werth, RF 6. Jimmy Rollins, SS 7. Raul Ibanez, LF 8. Carlos Ruiz, C 9. Roy Halladay, P Ibanez was benched in favor…

  6. And a rookie shall lead them: Buster Posey carries Giants to brink of World Series

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:24 AM EDT

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    Juan Uribe surprisingly didn’t put up much of a fight in the bottom of the ninth inning when home plate umpire Wally Bell ruled that the 1-1 pitch from Roy Oswalt hit his bat handle and not his hand. Instead of taking his base Uribe just waited a couple pitches and hit the game-winning sacrifice…

  7. Matt Cain shuts down Phillies as Giants take 2-1 lead in NLCS

    Oct 19, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    NLCS Phillies Giants Baseball

    Philadelphia scored the second-most runs in the NL during the regular season, averaged 4.4 runs through five playoffs games, and hadn’t been shut out since August, but the Phillies’ lineup managed just three singles and three walks while being blanked by Matt Cain, Javier Lopez, and Brian Wilson in Game 3 of the NLCS. Cain…

  8. Madison Bumgarner will start Game 4 “no matter what”

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Madison Bumgarner

    Bruce Bochy ended any speculation about the Giants making rotation changes by saying yesterday that Madison Bumgarner will start Game 4 of the NLCS “no matter what.” Bochy has always been pretty clear about Bumgarner getting the Game 4 nod, but that didn’t stop some people from predicting that he’d use Tim Lincecum on short…

  9. Phillies sticking with Joe Blanton for Game 4 start … for now

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

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    With the NLCS tied 1-1 following Roy Oswalt’s gem last night the Phillies are still planning to start Joe Blanton in Game 4 of the series Wednesday. However, there’s plenty of speculation that Charlie Manuel would instead turn to Roy Halladay on short rest for Game 4 if the Phillies are down 2-1 and the…

  10. Phillies tab Domonic Brown, Kyle Kendrick for NLCS roster

    Oct 15, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Phillies fifth starter Kyle Kendrick was left off the NLDS roster, but with Philadelphia potentially needing to use someone other than The Big Three to start against the Giants he’s back on the roster for the NLCS. Kendrick won’t start, because Joe Blanton will get the assignment if Charlie Manuel turns to a mere mortal…

  11. Madison Bumgarner “almost surely will start Game 4″

    Oct 15, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    Madison Bumgarner

    Bruce Bochy hasn’t announced anything official about his Game 4 starter choice, leaving room to change his mind depending on how the Giants fare through three games, but Chris Haft of MLB.com writes that rookie Madison Bumgarner “almost surely will start Game 4.” Turning to Tim Lincecum on short rest is the other option for…

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