8:22 PM ET from Dodger Stadium at Chavez Ravine
Outcome: Tonights the night. Cole vs Chad. Easy mark in my mind. Billingsley will get crushed in the biggest game of his life, whereas his counterpart, Cole Hamels will shine bright in the spotlight. I see Cole going 7, possibly 8 strong innings and controlling the game. He has something to prove, and its the fact he is the best young lefty in the game today.
Ryan Howard finally gets his bat going and at the most opportune time, heading into the World Series. Phils jump on Billingsley early and cruise to a 7-2 win. GO PHIGHTINS.
Final: PHI 7 LA 2
Player of the Game: Ryan Howard – 2 for 4, 1 HR, 2 RBIs
Outcome: Tonight our Phightin’s look to clinch their first NL Pennant since the memorable ’93 team. It couldn’t look more promising then tonight, with the Dodgers reeling after Monday’s loss plus Phillie ace Cole Hamels scheduled to start. I truly think the Phillies see the prize and will take care of business tonight, clinching a World Series berth.
Look for the Phillies bats to be fully awakened after Monday night and jump all over starter Chad Billingsley, just as in Game 2. King Cole will be on point for 7 solid innings, giving up a Manny blast and really no further damage. The offense will give Hamels plenty of breathing room, and the Phils will cruise to a Game 5 win and the promised land to boot.
Final: PHI 8 LA 1
Player of the Game: Cole Hamels – 7.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 Ks
4:35 PM ET from Citizens Bank Park
Outcome: Manny Ramirez is still on fire but so is Brett Myers of late. With Manny only sporting a career .158 (3 for 19) average against Myers, I think Brett can keep him in check. Hopefully the right hand heavy lineup of the Dodgers has a tough time with Brett today and he can work some solid innings. I see Jimmy and Chase getting their bats going again after an awesome game last night. I think that’s exactly what Chase needed to break out of his mini slump there. Look for Chase, Shane Vic and Jimmy to have a great day and be extremely active on the base paths. I also foresee some Jayson Werth surprise action.
Final: LA 3 PHI 6
Player of the Game: Jayson Werth – 2 for 3, HR, 2 Rs, 2 RBI, BB
Outcome: Well if the Phillies were not fired up enough for this afternoon’s NLCS game 2, word that manager Charlie Manuel’s mother has passed away, has to put their motivation over the top. The Phillies can not let down skipper Manuel’s mother’s honor and be defeated this afternoon and I predict that the Phightin’s will come out bats a blazing. Look for the the Phils to jump on Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley early and often as today’s game will feature much more offense then yesterday.
Final: LA 4 PHI 7
Player of the Game: Ryan Howard – 2 for 3, HR, 3RBI, 1R