Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Game 5: Battle of bullpens

Game 5 of the World Series presents a fun scenario. We almost never see a baseball game played in 2 separate installments, much less in the championship round. Tonight's play is likely to last about 1.5 hours barring extra innings, and has a special sense of urgency for both teams, moreso for the Rays obviously. The performance of each team’s bullpen will likely determine the outcome. Listed here are the regular season stats of each team’s “big guns” – the guys I expect to pitch tonight. Rays bullpen vs. Phillies bullpen – WHO YA GOT?

Grant Balfour
– 58.1 IP, 1.54 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 3.42 K/BB, 0.46 HR/9
Chad Bradford – 59.1 IP, 2.12 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 1.13 K/BB, 0.46 HR/9
J.P Howell – 89.1 IP, 2.22 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 2.36 K/BB, 0.60 HR/9
David Price – 14 IP, 1.93 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 3.00 K/BB, 0.64 HR/9

Chad Durbin
– 87.2 IP, 2.87 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 1.80 K/BB, 0.51 HR/9
Brad Lidge – 69.1 IP, 1.95 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 2.63 K/BB, 0.26 HR/9
Ryan Madson – 82.2 IP, 3.05 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 2.91 K/BB, 0.65 HR/9
J.C. Romero – 59 IP, 2.75 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 1.37 K/BB, 0.76 HR/9

I didn't realize how nasty Balfour was this year. Those are some stellar numbers. It pains me to say it, but I pick the Phillies to win it tonight. Lidge is outstanding, and Madson (AKA “The Bridge to Lidge” – I didn’t come up with it but can’t remember where I read it) has been stellar this postseason. Additionally, the game is in Philly, and the Rays offense has 9 outs available while the Phils have 12.

All that being said – go Rays! I wouldn’t mind seeing a recreation of the above picture, substituting Carlos Pena for Albert Pujols.


Anonymous said...

substitute Rocco.

fcuk you phillies said...


wtf. mets should've fucked up both teamz that played tonight.