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NLCS Preview: Dodgers vs. Phillies

by Ryan Hudson


Season Series: Tied, 4-4 (Philadelphia outscored LA, 43-27 in the eight games; Each team swept a four-game series at home.)

Television: FOX, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver

Schedule: Game 1: Thursday, October 9, 8:22 p.m. - Los Angeles (Lowe) at Philadelphia (Hamels).
Game 2: Friday, October 10, 4:35 p.m. - Los Angeles (Billingsley) at Philadelphia (Myers).
Game 3: Sunday, October 12, 8:22 p.m. - Philadelphia (Moyer) at Los Angeles (Kuroda).
Game 4 : Monday, October 13, 8:22 p.m. - Philadelphia (Blanton) at Los Angeles (Lowe/Maddux/Kershaw).
Game 5 (if necessary): Wednesday, October 15, 8:22 p.m. - Philadelphia (Hamels) at Los Angeles (Billingsley).
Game 6 (if necessary): Friday, October 17, 8:22 p.m. - Los Angeles (Kuroda) at Philadelphia (Myers).
Game 7 (if necessary): Saturday, October 18, 8:22 p.m. - Los Angeles (Lowe) at Philadelphia (Moyer).

How Each Team Got Here: LA won the NL West with an 84-78 record, and then extended 100 years of Cubs’ futility, sweeping Chicago in three games in the NLDS. Philadelphia captured their second straight NL East title (92-70), then took care of the Brewers in four games.

Stadiums: Los Angeles – Dodger Stadium
Year Opened – 1962
Capacity – 56,000

Philadelphia – Citizens Bank Park
Year Opened – 2004
Capacity – 43,647

Signature Food Item: Los Angeles - Dodger Dog, a foot-long hot dog.

Philadelphia - The Schmitter, a “heart attack on a sandwich.” According to the 700 Level, "it’s three pieces of cheese separating some fried salami, steak, tomatoes, and a special sauce."

Fans: Dodger supporters will show-up around the 3rd inning; Phillie fanatics will throw a battery at your head.

Hip Hop Battle: LA’s Styles of Beyond against The Roots from Illadelph.

Story You’ll Be Sick of By The End of This Series: Were you aware that Manny Ramirez used to play for the Red Sox, but now plays for the Dodgers? It’s true.

How Each Team Wins Games: In opposite ways, really. The Phillies pound the ball: second in the majors in home runs (214), sixth in SLG% (.438) and eighth in RBI (762). The Dodgers, on the other hand, who had just one player hit 20 home runs (Phillies had four guys), win their games from the mound. LA was second in the league in team ERA (3.68), fifth in strikeouts (1205) and batting average against (.251).

Predictions:
Jeff Passan, Yahoo! Sports - Dodgers in 6
Tim Kurkjian, ESPN - Dodgers in 7
Jayson Stark, ESPN - Dodgers in 7
Ken Rosenthal, FOX Sports - Dodgers in 7
RCS - You know the saying: good pitching beats good hitting. Dodgers in 6.