here are the line-ups.
1. Jimmy Rollins SS
2. Shane Victorino CF
3. Chase Utley 2B
4. Ryan Howard 1B
5. Pat Burrell LF
6. Jayson Werth RF
7. Pedro Feliz 3B
8. Carlos Ruiz C
9. Jamie Moyer LHP
1. Rafael Furcal SS
2. Andre Ethier RF
3. Manny Ramirez LF
4. Russell Martin C
5. Nomar Garciaparra 1B
6. Casey Blake 3B
7. Matt Kemp CF
8. Blake DeWitt 2B
9. Hiroki Kuroda RHP
The all-knowing Gods of Vegas have the Dodgers as a pretty heavy favorite in this one, and it's easy to see why. If Jamie Moyer can find a way to shut down this Los Angeles line-up tonight, it might be one of his most impressive performances of the season. To say the Dodgers have had success off of Moyer in the past is an understatement. As a team, L.A. has combined to hit .307 with 15 home runs in 176 at-bats in their careers off of the veteran lefty. To put that in perspective, Ryan Howard for his career averages a home run every 11.7 at-bats. The Dodgers as a team average a home run every 11.7 at-bats off of Moyer.
Manny Ramirez is 18-for-53 with 10 home runs and 20 RBI off of Moyer in his career.
Nomar Garciaparra is 15-for-36 with a home run and five RBI
Both of Casey Blake's hits off of Moyer have been home-runs, although he is hitless in his other 15 at-bats.
Matt Kemp is 1-for-3 with a home run off Moyer.
Rafael Furcal, who will likely get the start instead of Garciaparra, is 2-for-7.
This would seem to indicate that the Phillies will have to put up some runs to have a chance. Except they haven't been able to do so off of Hiroki Kuroda. Chase Utley, Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz are a combined 4-for-12 off of the righthander this season, but the rest of the team is hitless in a combined 30 at-bats.
I guess you could say I'm a little skeptical about today's game.
If anyone has a good reason why I shouldn't be, feel free to share it.
Charlie Manuel will talk with the media today for the first time since his mother passed away Friday morning. He has a news conference scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Manuel will leave the team after Game 5 to fly back to his native Virginia. He will then re-join the team on Friday for Game 6. The funeral is in the morning on Friday, but the Phillies are providing him with a charter plane, so he isn't expected to miss any action.
As expected, Dodgers righthander Derek Lowe will start tomorrow night against Phillies righthander Joe Blanton. Lowe allowed three runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings in the Phillies' 3-2 Game One loss. But Lowe pitched very well before a couple of mistakes that resulted in home runs by Chase Utley and Pat Burrell.
If Game 5 is necesarry, LHP Cole Hamels will square off against RHP Chad Billingsley.