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NLCS Game 1: Giants at Phillies

Oct 16, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Citizens Bank Park hosts the pitching matchup of the year tonight.

Here we go: It's the pitching showdown you've been waiting all week to watch. Roy Halladay vs. Tim Lincecum. Mr. No-Hitter vs. Mr. 14 Strikeouts. Vegas has set the over-under on this game at 6. I'm not a betting man, but if I had a spare $50 to put down tonight, I think I'd take the under.

You know both pitchers are going to bring it, so this game really will be about which lineup takes advantage of whatever opportunities they do get. Will either Charlie Manuel or Bruce Bochy play for one run early, or will they just hope one of their big boppers gets a hold of one and sends it beyond the cozy confines of the Citizens Bank Park outfield wall?

However this one turns out, it promises to be a dandy. (And hopefully it'll be played much quicker than these first two AL marathons. Man, do I prefer the NL.)…

NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES — GAME 1
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 7:57 p.m.
TV: Fox Radio: WTNT-570 AM
Weather: Clear, 57 degrees

GIANTS
CF Andres Torres
2B Freddy Sanchez
1B Aubrey Huff
C Buster Posey

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  1. JaneB - Oct 17, 2010 at 1:19 AM

    I know it's isn't easy to be the ump behind the plate, but calling a consistent strike zone, especially after a few YEARS of being behind the plate, doesn't seem like it could be all that tricky. How can this guy be so wildly different, not just inning to inning but within one at-bat? What could be the explanation for that? Plus I thought they took only the really good umps to the play offs; so is his guy just having a bad night or is there no one to enforce good ball/strikes calling, or what?

  2. BQ - Oct 17, 2010 at 3:17 AM

    Surprised to know that Roy lost. I was expecting a low scoring affair in his favor against Giants' offense. I am glad TL beat him tonight. Let's hope Sanchez can do the same to the other Roy tomorrow.

  3. Doc - Oct 17, 2010 at 6:09 AM

    Wilson's relief job was even more impressive when you take into consideration HP umpire Cousins' lousy ball-strike calls. Cousins was obviously being influenced by the demented Phillies' fans razzing him from the stands. The TV announcers didn't even have the balls to make it an issue–not a peep, even after the graphics of the pitches thrown by Wilson showed the pitches were over the plate.The Giants deserved this one in spades!

  4. Traveler8 - Oct 17, 2010 at 7:56 AM

    Mark, I also want to thank you for covering these games – like a prior poster I am watching from a distance and can't see the game, so your coverage and commentary are much appreciated.

  5. natsfan1a - Oct 17, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Thanks, but we're already acquainted – metaphorically speaking, anyway. You might want to introduce McCarver to him, though. I believe that it was Romo, not Wilson, who got the whole fear the beard thing started, Mr. Mac. :-)Who else spotted the Nats fan in the crowd during Victorino's at-bat in the 9th?Oh, and atta team, Giants!—Ladies and gentlemen: Meet Brian Wilson.

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ATLANTA 58 50 1.5
MIAMI 53 54 6.0
NEW YORK 52 56 7.5
PHILADELPHIA 47 61 12.5
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