Game 2 : National League Championship Series
Phillies lead 1-0
Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
4:35 p.m. / 72, sunny
Chad Billingsley (16-10, 3.14 ERA) vs. Brett Myers (10-13, 4.55 ERA)
With a 1-0 lead in the NLCS, Brett Myers takes the mound for the Phillies against the Dodgers. The right-hander went seven strong against Milwaukee in game two of the NLDS, gaining the win over CC Sabathia.
Chad Billingsley will get the ball for Los Angeles. He was hit hard when he faced the Phils last, but is a hard-throwing righty with a devastating slider.
News & Notes
Seven Phillie hitters are .300 or better against Billingsley. Ryan Howard has a home run in six at bats against him. … Pat Burrell is 32 today. … The Phillies were 60-48 against right-handed starters in 2008. … The Phillies were 24-24 in day games in 2008, and 2-0 in the playoffs. … And in day games Myers was 2-4 with a 5.70 ERA. … Of Dodger starters, Matt Kemp is best against Myers, 4-for-10 with a home run. … Chase Utley’s home run last night was just his fourth since the Phillies played the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine.
Jimmy Rollins / SS
Shane Victorino / CF
Chase Utley / 2B
Ryan Howard / 1B
Pat Burrell / LF
Jayson Werth / RF
Greg Dobbs / 3B
Carlos Ruiz / C
Brett Myers / P
Your Gameday Beer
Tonight, we go back to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. This earthy little brew is phenomenal. I love it. It’s bitter but beautiful in its taste. I’d eat a nice, fat cheeseburger and onion rings with it. Anything will do, really. Tonight it’s about Myers, getting the job done, setting up the offense for success, and giving the crowd a lot to yell about. Let’s get that 2-0 lead tonight and put the Dodgers on their backs. It’s the only way to live.
For The Gipper
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Charlie Manuel, who lost his mother today. He will manage the team today.