Saturday, October 31, 2009

Game 3 Preview; Blanton in Game 4

The crucial Game 3 is a mere hours away. Andy Pettite, who's pitched very well this postseason, takes the hill for New York. Cole Hamels is the key for the Phillies. They're in big trouble not just in this game but in the series if Hamels should falter. Citizen's Bank Park has been a sanctuary for the Phils throughout the last two postseason's and they look for that trend to continue tonight.

Joe Blanton, not Cliff Lee, will pitch Game 4. He'll be opposed by CC Sabathia who will make his second start of the series. While Blanton has been consistently good, the match-up is much more slighted than Lee vs. Sabathia round two would have been; making tonight's game that much more important for the Phils. This series has started as a back and forth affair. Expect that trend to continue. The series could very well be tied 2-2 with Lee on the mound, at home, in Game 5.

No changes to the lineup for tonight's game, except for the obvious subtraction of the DH. This is an advantage for the Phillies; not only are the pitchers used to hitting, but it also takes Hideki Matsui out of New York's starting lineup.

The team announced that Greg Dobbs is feeling much better and will be available off the bench tonight.

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