Both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies come into the NLCS playing some of their best baseball of the year. The Dodgers come off an impressive sweep of the Chicago Cubs while the Phillies were equally impressive in beating CC Sabathia and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Like every postseason matchup this series will come down to starting pitching and bullpen effectiveness. And on paper, one would have to say that the Phillies have the advantage in both categories. Additionally, the Phillies also have an advantage in another important but often overlooked aspect of home field where the Phillies tend to play better.
In examining just about any aspect of this series, the Phillies and the Dodgers are as even as it gets. But I am going to give the edge to the Dodgers due to what Manny Ramirez brings to their lineup and the experience of Joe Torre in the post-season.
Pitching Matchups (First four games listed):
Derek Lowe vs Cole Hamels
Chad Billingsley vs Brett Myers
Jamie Moyer …