National League Championship Series: Game 2: Hoping Myers can lead the Phillies into Los Angeles with a 2-0 lead.
The National League Championship Series continues in Philadelphia with an afternoon game, that is right now being played at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies’ starter is Brett Myers, who is coming off a good start against the Brewers on October 2, where he pitched seven inning, giving up only two earned runs on two hits and three walks, while striking out four, in the Phillies’ 5-2 win. His record in the National League Divisional Series was 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA. His regular season record was 10-13 with a 4.55 ERA in 190 innings of work, as he struck out 163 batters, while walking only 65. But, his record after coming back from a minor league assignment to help clear his head is 7-4, with two no-decisions, in thirteen starts. In his two starts this year against the Dodgers, he is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA, as he went a combined total of fourteen innings, giving up only three earned runs on fourteen hits and five walks, while striking out sixteen batters. He hopes to do as well against the Dodgers this afternoon as he did against the Brewers last Thursday. The Dodgers’ starter is Chad Billingsley, who is coming off a brilliant start against the Cubs on October 2, where he went six and one third innings, giving up only one earned run on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven, in the Dodgers’ 10-3 win. During the regular season, his record was 16-10 with a 3.14 ERA in 200 and two-thirds innings of work, as he struck out 201 batters, while walking just 80. In one start against the Phillies, back on August 25, he is 0-1, as he went six innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits and five walks, while striking out only three, in the Dodgers’ 5-0 lost. He will be seeing if he can improve on his Divisional Series start and avoid being hit as he was in his previous start against the Phillies.
The main keys to today’s game, for the Phillies, will be for the second half Brett Myers to show up and overpower the Dodgers while they are still in shock from the sudden turn of events from last night’s game, while for the Phillies’ batters it will be to stay patient with Chad Billingham until they are able to do to him what they did to him during his previous start against them back in August. If they are able to suceed in both parts, then they should leave Philadelphia with a two games to none lead.