The Giants had one of the best relief corps in the Majors this year, but they are currently a bit shaky in the eighth, in front of closer Brian Wilson. The Phillies, on the other hand, saw closer Brad Lidge and setup man Ryan Madson steamroll their way into October, though it will be interesting to see if the long layoff affects them.And what good is a superb pitching matchup without equally superb defensive efforts to back it up? With so much potential for a dominant display on the mound by each starter, this game should ultimately come down to which team avoids the mental miscues. That's something Halladay himself pointed out. "I think you can't ever overlook everybody else that's involved in the game," Halladay said. "And I think that ultimately that's where games are decided. The little things that are done on the field, the things that are done defensively, or the things done at the plate -- those become big parts of the game. So as much as you do look at the pitching matchups and how good they could potentially be, you can't ever forget about the other guys that are playing the game and how they could change how the series goes." Still, there is little question which two guys will be attracting the most attention when the NLCS gets under way with a Saturday night special.
Game 1 tidbits
Though the Giants and Phillies are both original NL franchises, they have never met in the postseason.
Howard is the only player with at least three career homers off Lincecum.
Halladay is 0-2 with a 7.23 ERA in three career starts against the Giants. That's his highest ERA against any team that he's faced at least three times.
Giants starters finished with an ERA of 0.93 in the four NLDS games against the Braves. According to STATS LLC, that's the third-lowest ERA by any NL rotation in a postseason series and the 11th-lowest overall.
The Phillies and Giants split their six meetings this season, with each team taking two of three in its home park.
Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels combined to go 1-5 with a 4.80 ERA vs. the Giants in 2010, while Lincecum, Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez went 2-1 with a 1.98 ERA against the Phillies.
The Phillies will be trying to become the first NL team to win three straight pennants since the St. Louis Cardinals did so in 1942-44.
Sat, 10/16 7:30 PM ET
Jacks by a Giant give Philly unhappy Halladay
Neither ace proved unhittable in the heralded matchup of Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay, but Lincecum and the Giants prevailed in Game 1 of the NLCS in Philadelphia. Giants No. 8 hitter Cody Ross homered twice.
- Ross makes history with HRs in first two at-bats
- Whistles while he works: Lincecum wins duel
- Burrell has hand in triumphant return to Philly
- Wilson, Lopez a potent team in finishing Phils
- Ross no clown in first playoff rodeo
- Lincecum, Doc prove mortal in showdown
- NLCS Game 1 postgame interview: Burrell, Ross
- NLCS Game 1 postgame interview: Bochy
- Bochy makes 'tough call,' sits Sandoval
- Burrell's style no mystery to his former skip
- Rowand proven correct about Giants' future
- Sanchez stepping up in Giants' big games
- Giants stick with same roster for NLCS
- Full Giants Coverage »
- Scuffling Rollins may move to leadoff spot
- Close call rattles Halladay in pivotal sixth
- Werth, Ruiz pick up slack for Phils' big boppers
- Phillies need bats to become noisemakers
- Phillies let early scoring chances slip away
- Lincecum, Doc prove mortal in showdown
- 'Two' tough? Phillies must solve mystery
- NLCS Game 1 postgame interview: Manuel
- Halladay laments 'mistakes' in Game 1
- Manuel sticks with lineup that worked in NLDS
- Oswalt muses on possible Berkman matchup
- Oswalt faces pressure of pulling Phils even
- Tagoramic: Find yourself in the crowd
- Full Phillies Coverage »
|Sanchez, F, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||1||4||.000|
|Wilson, Br, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ross, C, RF-LF||3||2||2||2||1||0||0||.667|
|Lopez, Ja, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
1-Ran for Burrell in the 6th.
|1-Valdez, W, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
1-Ran for Ruiz in the 9th.
2B: Burrell (1, Halladay).
HR: Ross, C 2 (2, 3rd inning off Halladay, 0 on, 1 out; 5th inning off Halladay, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Torres; Huff; Posey; Burrell 3; Uribe; Fontenot; Ross, C 8.
RBI: Ross, C 2 (2), Burrell (1), Uribe (1).
2-out RBI: Burrell; Uribe.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Uribe; Fontenot; Sanchez, F 2.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
Team LOB: 7.
SB: Fontenot (1, 2nd base off Lidge/Ruiz).
PB: Posey (1).
DP: (Sanchez, F-Uribe-Huff).
2B: Howard (1, Lincecum), Polanco (1, Lincecum).
HR: Ruiz (1, 3rd inning off Lincecum, 0 on, 0 out), Werth (1, 6th inning off Lincecum, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Polanco 2; Utley; Howard 2; Werth 5; Ruiz 4; Halladay.
RBI: Ruiz (1), Werth 2 (2).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ibanez; Howard 2.
Team RISP: 0-for-4.
Team LOB: 7.
|Lopez, Ja(H, 1)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Wilson, Br(S, 1)||1.1||1||0||0||0||4||0||0.00|
Pitches-strikes: Lincecum 113-71, Lopez, Ja 9-7, Wilson, Br 32-17, Halladay 105-73, Madson 9-7, Lidge 23-14.
Groundouts-flyouts: Lincecum 5-4, Lopez, Ja 1-0, Wilson, Br 0-0, Halladay 8-5, Madson 1-1, Lidge 0-1.
Batters faced: Lincecum 29, Lopez, Ja 2, Wilson, Br 6, Halladay 29, Madson 3, Lidge 6.
Umpires: HP: Derryl Cousins. 1B: Dan Iassogna. 2B: Ted Barrett. 3B: Wally Bell. LF: Jeff Nelson. RF: Tom Hallion.
Weather: 59 degrees, clear.
Wind: 6 mph, L to R.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media