You like pitching? This is the series for you. The game 1 starters, Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum have combined for 3 total Cy Youngs, and most likely 4 when Halladay takes home this years hardware.
This is a tougher matchup for the Phils than the banged up Braves team they manhandled at the end of the year. Matt Cain is no Roy Oswalt, but he'll still be tough to score runs off of. Madison Bumgardner and Jonathan Sanchez are good lefties, something part of the lineup struggles with.
As far as closers are concerned, Brian Wilson is a stud whereas Lidge has only been great for half the season. However, one could argue that with Contreras, Durbin, and Madson, the Phils bolster more depth.
At the plate is where the Phillies have the biggest advantage. While the Phils ranked 7th in baseball, and the Giants 17th, this is slightly misleading. Top slugger, rookie catcher Buster Posey wasn't with the club the whole year. Neither was free agent acquistion and former Phillie Pat Burrell. Nor were trade additions Cody Ross or Jose Guillen. So while no one will mistke this squad for murderers row, they have a bit more firepower than they did at the start of the season.
The Phils will continue to see former Phillies in this series as well. After beating 2 former Phils in Scott Rolen and Miguel Cairo last series, they will now take on Pat the bat and Aaron Rowand. Funny, that people were upset that we let Rowand go as he is now a 60 million dollar bench player for San Fran.
Game 1 is Saturday in Philly. Yours truly will be in attendance.
Not baseball related, but still pretty funny: