Lincecum vs. Halladay: A Heavyweight Bout

Posted: October 13, 2010 in Phillies

The Phillies will take on the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series beginning Saturday Night at 7:30 in Philadelphia. The expected pitching match up is one that is of main event proportions.

In the red corner, pitching for the Phillies is expected to be Roy Halladay.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel has not officially set his starting rotation, but it is expected that Halladay will get the start in Game 1. In his playoff debut in Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cincinnati Reds, Halladay threw a no-hitter, only the second ever in MLB Postseason history. If Halladay pitches in Game 1, it will be 10 days after his historic outing against the Reds. Again, nothing has been made official, but it would be pretty surprising if Charlie Manuel decides to start someone other than Halladay in the series opener.

In the orange corner, pitching for the Giants is expected to be Tim Lincecum. While the Giants have not yet made it official yet either, Tim Lincecum is expected to start against Halladay. Lincecum, who has won the last two National League Cy Young Awards, also had an incredible outing in his playoff debut against the Atlanta Braves, striking out 14 en route to a 2 hit shutout. In Lincecum’s only start this season against the Phillies. on April 11, he had 11 strikeouts, though wound up with a no decision.

It’s not official, but it would be hard to imagine anyone else taking the mound for either team in Game 1. Both teams have solid rotations headed by a “big 3” (Lincecum, Jonathan Sanchez and Matt Cain for the Giants, Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels for the Phillies). The last time these two pitched against each other was in the 2009 All-Star Game in St. Louis, and both pitchers wound up with a no decision.

At any rate, this will be a heck of a start to what is shaping up to be a heck of a series.

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