10/13/09 12:01 PM EST
Phils expect 'epic series' vs. Dodgers
Philadelphia went 3-4 against LA in regular season
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
"It's going to be one of those epic series," the Phillies shortstop said.
If it is anything like the past couple nights at Coors Field, now would be a good time to buy some antacid. The Phillies clinched the NL Division Series on Monday with a dramatic 5-4 comeback victory in Game 4 over the Colorado Rockies. The Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers will play in the NLCS for the second consecutive season, but this time the Dodgers have home-field advantage.
Game 1 is at 8:07 p.m. ET on Thursday at Dodger Stadium.
"They're a good team," Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth said. "We know what we're up against. We played them last year. We played them this year. We know what type of team they are. We know what type of team we are. It's going to be a good series. Look at last year's series. It was pretty exciting."
The Phillies went 3-4 against the Dodgers this season. They went 1-2 against the Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park in May. Right-hander Chan Ho Park, making his second-to-last appearance in the rotation, allowed just seven hits and two runs in six innings in a 5-3 victory on May 12. Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw allowed four runs in five innings.
Dodgers left-hander Randy Wolf allowed just three hits and one run in six innings in a 9-2 victory over the Phillies on May 13. Left-hander Jamie Moyer allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings in that game. In the series finale on May 14, the Phillies scored two runs against Dodgers closer Jonathon Broxton in the ninth inning, but right-hander Chad Durbin allowed two runs in the 10th inning in a 5-3 loss.
The Phillies split a four-game series at Dodger Stadium on June 4-7.
Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels threw a five-hit shutout in a 3-0 victory June 4. Brad Lidge blew his fifth save of the season June 5 in a 4-3 loss and blew his sixth save June 6 in a 3-2 loss in 12 innings. The Phillies recovered from those two losses with a 7-2 victory in the series finale June 7 behind five strong innings from rookie left-hander Antonio Bastardo.
The Phillies hit just .214 against the Dodgers in those seven games. That was their second-lowest average against any NL team. They only struggled more against the San Francisco Giants, against whom they hit .195. They had a 3.12 ERA against the Dodgers. That was their fourth-best ERA against any NL team this year.
"It's going to take everything we've got to beat those guys," Lidge said.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.