No offense, but the Phillies don't want to clinch the NLCS on Friday or Saturday at Citizens Bank Park.
They want to clinch it tonight at Dodger Stadium.
"You can't try to manipulate the situation," Chase Utley said. "Our goal is to come out (tonight) prepared to win."
It's Cole Hamels vs. Chad Billingsley. Hamels is 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA (two earned runs in 15 innings) in the postseason. Billingsley is 1-1 with an 8.00 ERA (eight earned runs in nine innings). A big night tonight from Hamels and he continues to develop a reputation as a big-game pitcher. A big night tonight from the Phillies and they have a few days to relax before the World Series.