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Archive: October, 2009

A thin line between 2-1 and 3-0

Monday, October 19, 2009, 9:11 AM
Thus far this series, Charlie Manuel has gotten the best of Joe Torre. Torre's decision to start 21-year-old Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 over experienced veteran Randy Wolf? Questionable. His decision to let Kershaw try to work his way out of trouble during that game? Unbelieveable. But Torre is a wise... Read more

Phillies Q&A with Marcus Hayes

Monday, October 19, 2009, 6:34 AM
Join Daily News sportswriter Marcus Hayes for a live chat on the Phillies at 1:30 p.m. Read more

Projected Rotation for Game 4 and beyond

Sunday, October 18, 2009, 10:25 PM
Charlie Manuel hasn't announced his rotation beyond Cole Hamels in Game 5, but I thought I'd take a moment and lay out the scenario the Phillies are likely to go with for the rest of the NLCS, while also looking ahead to a potential World Series berth. . . Manuel confirmed today that his plan is to... Read more

Another Sunday Daily Double, and some thoughts on Ryan Howard

Sunday, October 18, 2009, 3:36 PM
I finished my Saturday at Liberties at 2nd and Fairmount, where I talked for awhile with the owner of the place, Joe, about his plans for this afternoon. It went something like this -- watch the first half at the bar, depart for the Sports Complex at half time, watch the second half at a bar in South... Read more

A red-eyed loss

Saturday, October 17, 2009, 8:58 AM
Over the past two years, I've logged 70,000 miles in the air. That's the rougly the equivalent of flying around the equator three times. Or around C.C. Sabathia twice. Still, I get a little nervous flying. And by nervous, I mean when you see the guy clinging to the right leg of the flight attendant... Read more

Lidge, Park, Hamels and More: Breaking Down Game 1

Friday, October 16, 2009, 1:01 AM
In the words of columnist Rich Hofmann, who had the misfortune of organizing the responsibilities of six Daily News writers during Game 1 of the National League Championship Series: "They're not going to do this to us all series, are they?" Well, Rich, if the Phillies' four-game win over... Read more

NLCS Game 1: Line-ups, lefties, match-ups and more

Thursday, October 15, 2009, 4:35 PM
It's a perfect day here in Southern California -- temperature in the low 80's, no clouds in the sky, country music playing on the big loudspeaker in center field. The Phillies' bus just arrived, as evidenced by the various players in street clothes walking through the stands of Dodger Stadium and into... Read more

Phillies set NLCS roster

Thursday, October 15, 2009, 12:25 PM
The Phillies set their National League Championship Series roster this morning. As expected, Kyle Kendrick and Brett Myers have been left off and Chan Ho Park and Eric Bruntlett have been added after they were not on the Division Series roster. The moves give the Phillies 11 pitchers instead of 12... Read more

Hamels in Game 1. . .Sounds like Pedro in Game 2

Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 8:09 PM
As expected, Cole Hamels will start Game 1 for the Phillies tomorrow against lefthander Clayton Kershaw. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he was not ready to announce his starter for Game 2, although he provided several strong clues that indicate it will be veteran righthander Pedro Martinez. Like... Read more

Cole, then who? Manuel's not saying

Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 2:55 PM
Cole Hamels will start Game 1 of the NLCS for the Phillies, as expected. After that, however, manager Charlie Manuel was not saying during his press conference tonight at Dodger Stadium. Manuel did say that both J.A. Happ and Joe Blanton will be available out of the bullpen in Game 1, which could... Read more
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