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Dodgers-Phillies Start NLCS Today

Andre Ethier is leading the Dodgers in the postseason with two homers and three RBIs and is slugging 1.333 and has an OPS of 1.905.

Andre Ethier is leading the Dodgers in the postseason with two homers and three RBI's and is slugging 1.333 and has an OPS of 1.905 while hitting .500.

It has been five days since the Dodgers clinched the NLDS while the Phillies played their last game only three days ago.

The remaining teams in the championship series round could play as few as eight games or as many as 14 games to become the 2009 World Champions of baseball.

Overall there could be as few as 12 games or as many as 21 games for the World Series champion to be determined.

Game Starts At 8:07 ET On TBS

Today’s matchup in Los Angeles starts at 8:07 ET on the TBS Network. The Dodgers will send 21 year old Clayton Kershaw against 25 year old Cole Hamels in the opener of the NLCS.

Kershaw pitched into the seventh inning in his previous postseason start and allowed two runs but didn’t receive the decision. Hamels is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA after his first start in the NLDS.

Hamels has pitched well against the Dodgers with a seven inning no decision on May 14 in which he gave up one run while striking out nine.

Hamels Shutout Dodgers On June 4

Then on June 4 he shutout the Dodgers pitching a complete game victory. Hamels has allowed one run in 16 innings against the Dodgers this season so he is capable of beating them. He pitched the shutout in front of the Dodger Stadium crowd showing that he can tune out the crowd in road games.

Chase Utley leads the Phillies with a .429 batting average. Five other Phillies regulars are hitting over .300 for the postseason. The team as a whole is hitting .296.

Ryan Howard leads the Phillies in runs batted in with 6 while Jayson Werth leads in home runs with two and in slugging with a .929 mark.

Andre Ethier and Rafael Furcal lead the Dodgers in hitting with .500 averages with Manny Ramirez being the only other .300 hitter with a .308 average.

Ethier also leads in home runs with two and runs batted in with three. His 1.333 slugging percentage and 1.905 OPS also lead the Dodgers.

The Phillies are outhitting the Dodgers .296 to .276 in the postseason but the Dodgers have an ERA of 2.00 compared to the 3.00 of the Phillies.

Diamond Notes

Rudy Jaramillo the former Rangers hitting coach is looking for another team with Scott Boras as his agent. The Cubs, Mets and Astros have been mentioned as possible teams Jaramillo may sign with.

Jason Marquis may not start the 2010 season with the Rockies according to mlbtraderumors.com.  Marquis didn’t start in the postseason despite a 15 win season because of a terrible second half. Marquis has shown a trend of collapsing in the second half for the last few years.

These numbers verify that Marquis cannot put two good halves together:

2005:

First Half: 8-6, 3.89 ERA

Second Half: 5-8, 4.41 ERA

2006:

First Half: 11-6, 5.55 ERA

Second Half: 3-10, 6.72 ERA

2007:

First Half: 6-5, 3.67 ERA

Second Half: 6-4, 5.73 ERA

2008:

First Half: 6-5, 4.44 ERA

Second Half: 5-4, 4.66 ERA

2009:

First Half: 11-6, 3.65 ERA

Second Half: 4-7, 4.56 ERA

It is plain to see that Marquis is a first half pitcher and has done so badly in the first half to be left off of postseason rosters a few times.

Marquis has posted a 42-28 record in the last five seasons during the first half. He is 23-33 in those five seasons in the second half. He is 65-61 over those five years which is not that great considering he made $9.8 million in 2009.

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