Readers gear up for a Phillies-Giants Championship Series with the usual mix of pessimism and optimism.
“The Phillies got completely shut down day after day after day and everyone here continues to ignore reality and assure me that the Phillies have a potent offense. The Giants don't hit very well either, but they do have a knack for manufacturing runs and, in a low-scoring series, that could be critical. I'd certainly like nothing more than to be wrong, but I see absolutely no basis for believing that the likes of Rollins, Polanco, Howard and Vic, who have been stinking it up for most of the season, are suddenly going to start hitting Lincecum, Cain and Sanchez.” – bay_area_phan
“The Giants series easily could have gone the other way. There wasn't much scoring in that series, and the pitching matched up pretty well. The Giants were not overpowering nor intimidating. They played good ball and capitalized on the Braves mistakes (thank you, Brooks Conrad)” – Old Phan
“Phils scored 13 runs in 25 innings. Giants scored 11 runs in 37 innings. And another thing, Phils never had the chance to face the Reds' shaky closer.” – EastFallowField
“I like all this negativity, it's the reverse jinx working at its finest. Getting that underdog feeling back. However, Halladay pitched a no hitter and Hamels pitched a CG SO, against the best hitting team in the National league in almost every category. It wasn't like they were a one dimensional offense. But anything can happen and who knows, Giants can smack Halladay around, or they won't and the Phillies will win in four with 'just enough' offense which seems to be the way they operate lately.” - Johnnysanz3
Giants/Phillies head-to-head: "The conventional wisdom is that the two pitching staffs are roughly equivalent, but that the Phillies are the superior offensive club. That is not, however, how it played out when the two teams met during the season. While they split six games, each taking two out of three at home, the Giants hit .290 against the Phillies and outhomered them 8-3 over the six games. Furthermore, the Giants' oft-dismissed offense fared much better against the Philadelphia Threedom than the Phils' heralded lineup did against the Giants' trio. In four starts against San Francisco, H20 went 1-2 with a 6.12 ERA, allowing 32 hits over 25 innings with 27 strikeouts. But the Giants' trio was much more effective against the Phillies' vaunted offense, going 2-1 with a 1.96 ERA over four starts, allowing only 15 hits over 27 1-3 innings while striking out 28.” – Brian McTaggart for MLB.com [Link]