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2012 World Series Preview: Detroit Tigers vs San Francisco Giants

Detroit: 88-74; 1st in AL Central
San Francisco: 94-68; 1st in NL West

Schedule – 8 PM, EST; FOX
Game 1: Oct. 24: Justin Verlander (17-8, 2.64) at Barry Zito (15-8, 4.15)
Game 2: Oct. 25: Doug Fister (10-10, 3.45) at Madison Bumgarner (16-11, 3.37)
Game 3: Oct. 27: Anibal Sanchez (9-13, 3.86 vs Ryan Vogelsong (14-9, 3.37)
Game 4: Oct. 28: Max Scherzer (16-7, 3.74) vs Matt Cain (16-5, 2.79)
Game 5*: Oct. 29: DET vs SF
Game 6*: Oct. 31: DET at SF
Game 7*: Nov. 1: DET at SF

Rosters

Rotation: D. Fister, A. Sanchez, M. Scherzer, J. Verlander.

Bullpen: A. Albuquerque, J. Benoit, P. Coke (CL), O. Dotel, R. Porcello, D. Smyly, J. Valverde.

Catchers: A. Avillia, G. Laird.

Infield: M. Cabrera, P. Fielder, O. Infante, J. Peralta, R. Santiago, D. Worth.

Outfield: Q. Berry, A. Dirks, A. Garcia, A. Jackson, D. Kelly, D. Young (DH).

Rotation: M. Bumgarner, M. Cain, R. Vogelsong, B. Zito.

Bullpen: J. Affeldt, S. Casilla, G. Kontos, T. Lincecum, J. Lopez, J. Mijares, G. Mota, S. Romo (CL).

Catchers: B. Posey, H. Sanchez

Infield: J. Arias, B. Belt, J. Crawford, A. Huff, P. Sandoval, M. Scutaro, R. Theriot.

Outfield: G. Blanco, X. Nady, A. Pagan, H. Pence.

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Five Big Free Agents and Where They Land

Prince Fielder – Milwaukee Brewers
Where he goes: Chicago Cubs
In the hunt: NY Yankees, Milwaukee, Washington

Fielder’s market is pretty wide open with Milwaukee seemingly unable to afford Fielder.

The Brewers must hope co-star Ryan Braun can convince the power-hitter first baseman that there is unfinished business left to be done in Milwaukee and they need each other to succeed. But it’s going to be tough with the Yankees always looking to make their offense seem invincible and the Cubs new GM Theo Epstein looking to get his hands on a top free agent.

I think a Wild Card team in this hunt will be Washington. The Nats shocked the baseball world when they overpaid for Jayson Werth last off season. With the right corps of players along with a handful of stars, they could convince Fielder that baseball’s new dynasty could very well be in the nation’s capitol.

Fielder is the absolute perfect move for Epstein to make. He is not under pressure to make a big move right away but he would be foolish to pass up on a top tier athlete like Fielder.

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Howard will get surgery; What does this mean for Phils?

Phils Ryan Howard stumbles after injuring his left foot leaving the batter's box. He has a torn Achilles and will have surgery (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Ryan Howard felt it as soon as he attempted to leave the batter’s box.

The sharp pain running through his body wasn’t just the end of the Phillies season dribbling to Cardinals second baseman Nick Punto. It was the pop Howard felt in his left foot that dropped Howard halfway down the first base line, leaving him in some of the worst pain during his 8-year career.

The injury was a tear to his left Achilles and it could potentially leave Howard out of the Phillies line up at least until May or June. He will have surgery this off season once the swelling goes down and there is, “no guarantee he will be ready for Spring Training.”

If the Phillies in fact lose Howard for a very long time, there needs to be some serious thought towards filling the 35+ homers and 120+ RBIs that Howard is good for every season.

There will come a handful of times where the Phils will need production from the four-spot in a late-game situation. Howard has provided that spark a handful of times during his career.

So how do you replace that? Howard’s time off could last only a couple months, making the Phillies decision a less drastic one. But there are also risks of set-backs.

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Series Preview: at Milwaukee Brewers

PHI: 91-48, 1st in NL East; MIL: 85-59, 1st in NL Central

When: September 8-11
Where: Miller Park (Milwaukee, WI)

Probable Pitchers
Thursday: Cole Hamels (13-7, 2.63) vs Chris Narveson (10-6, 4.26)
Friday: Roy Halladay (16-5, 2.49) vs Shaun Marcum (12-5, 3.11)
Saturday: Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.47) vs Randy Wolf (12-7, 3.47)
Sunday: Vance Worley (11-1, 2.85) vs Yovani Gallardo (15-10, 3.71)

Broadcast Info
Thursday, 8:1o, CSN
Friday, 8:10, CSN
Saturday, 7:10, PHL 17
Sunday, 2:10, PHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM

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One-on-one battles highlight MVP and Cy Young races

Brewers 1B Prince Fielder (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

NL MVP
Matt Kemp: There have been two bright spots for the Dodgers this season, who are in the middle of a financial rut and baseball abyss. One of those bright spots is Matt Kemp (the other is in the Cy Young race). Kemp is having a Willie Mays-ian season (yes, I compared him to the Say Hey Kid), combining a rare mix of elite fielding, speed on the base paths, hitting for a high average and power while driving in runs on a terrible team.

Kemp is in the top four of all three Triple Crown stats: 4th in average (.320), 2nd in home runs (31) and 2nd in RBIs (102). He is only one homer and RBI behind the NL leader but sits .016 behind the injured Jose Reyes. If Kemp does go on one more hitting tear, a Triple Crown is a possibility. Kemp is one of a very small handful of players in baseball who are threats to do that every season and the fact he’s doing that this year makes him a top candidate for MVP.

Prince Fielder: Prince Fielder is right up there with Kemp statistically. Hitting .293 with 29 homers and 102 RBIs, Fielder is enjoying another one of the best seasons he’s compiled as a Milwaukee Brewer. Kemp has the advantage on Fielder for playing a more skilled position but Fielder has an advantage in another area that could be more important.

When voters look at Fielder, they will see that he’s raking on a team with the third best record in the NL, putting the Brewers in the position for the #2 seed in the post season. By being a “valuable” asset to one of the best teams in the National League, Fielder has made himself a top MVP candidate

Sleepers: Shane Victorino (Philadelphia), Ryan Braun (Milwaukee)

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Five teams to watch in the 2nd half

Atlanta catcher Brian McCann (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

With the second half of the 2011 season underway yesterday, division races, Wild Card races and the push for the best record in baseball begin to heat up. With just under 100 games out of the way, five teams jump out as the favorites to make the playoffs and do some serious damage in their respective leagues.

There really are no new teams in this year’s hunt. The Reds have stumbled in the first half of the season but are still four games out of first place in the NL Central. The Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants are riding their pitching to the best two records in the league.

In the American League, the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays are back at their three-way fight for the division and Wild Card while the Central and West are up in the air for two teams each: Cleveland/Detroit and Texas/Los Angeles.

The Wild Cards for each league will also present some interesting match-ups. Atlanta will have to battle with the NL Central if they can’t overcome Philadelphia and the Yanks/Sox/Rays may have some competition.

So with that, here are five teams to watch. This is not a Top 5 post but five teams who could make some serious noise in the second half of the regular season.

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Doc is masterful in ASG outing

Milwaukee's Prince Fielder hits a three-run homer in the 4th inning. The NL won, 5-1. (Getty Images)

Five Phillies were selected to represent the National League in the All-Star Game but only two were available to play.

NL Starting pitcher Roy Halladay and Phils starter Cliff Lee pitched the first four innings for the NL, who beat the American League for the second straight year thanks to pitching, 5-1.

Halladay was perfect through two innings, throwing 19 pitches and striking out one. He was absolutely fantastic – and efficient as well – allowing Phils pitching coach Rich Dubee to not stress over his most valuable possession pitching in an exhibition game.

Lee pitched the next 1 2/3 innings. He was perfect through the first five batters but allowed the game’s first run, a solo home run to Boston’s Adrian Gonzalez. He was then yanked in favor of Washington’s Tyler Clippard after surrendering two more hits.

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Phils win with the longball

The first three innings, the Phils were getting perfecto’d.

Then they broke it up with a walk in the 4th and then finally managed to break up the no-no in the 5th. But despite the walk and hit, they were still the same lifeless Phils.

But two big swings changed all of that as Placido Polanco and Shane Victorino each homered to give the Phils a 4-3 win and prevent the sweep from Milwaukee.

Center fielder Shane Victorino broke the 3-3 tie in the 8th inning with a solo homer to right-center. It was his second homer of the season. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Cliff Lee didn’t have his best stuff today but still kept the Phillies in the game. He allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out one in six innings.

The bull pen came in and allowed only two hits and a walk to stop the bleeding. Kyle Kendrick pitched a perfect seventh, Ryan Madson got the win and Jose Contreras notched his fourth save by striking out the Phillies killer Ryan Braun to end it.

The Phillies got their first hit in the 5th inning when John Mayberry, making his second straight start, doubled to left field off of Brewers starter Chris Narveson with two outs.

But an inning later, they put together a tremendous inning, tying the game up with a three-run jack by Polanco.

Victorino then gave the Phils a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 8th with his second hit of the game, a solo homer to right center off of Brandon Kintzler. The ball exploded off his bat, landing in the far right corner of the bull pens over the little cut out of stands.

Victorino went 2-for-2, driving in a run and scoring twice. His ability to get hits and get on base three times was huge for the Phillies and the task that comes with leading off.

Milwaukee got their runs in three of the first four innings. Prince Fielder hit an RBI single in the 1st and an RBI double in the 3rd while Jonathan Lucroy hit a solo homer in the 4th.

2B: Mayberry (1), Howard (5). HR: Polanco (2), Victorino (2).

WP: Madson (2-0). LP: Kintzler (1-1). S: Conteras (4).

Boxscore.

KK = Kendrick Kollapse

Charlie Manuel was literally stuck between a rock and a hard place.

With only two relievers, Kyle Kendrick and Danys Baez, left in the bull pen, Manuel went with Kendrick in the top of the 12th. Kendrick blew up, allowing three runs on one hit, a handful of walks and errors and some small ball to surrender to the Brewers, 6-3.

It was the fifth straight series the Phillies opened up with a loss. They have yet to be beaten.

Joe Blanton got the job done, pitching his first quality start of the season. He lasted seven innings, throwing 98 pitches while surrendering two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four.

Blanton looked really good, his mechanics problem obviously fixed. Two of his strike outs came way of Prince Fielder, who I projected to murder Blanton tonight. Fielder had a rough day, striking out three times.

Ryan Braun beat up the Phils, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs, including the winning run in the top of the 12th. He ripped a deep sacrifice fly to Shane Victorino, who caught it with his back to the wall in center field.

Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy also added a three-hit game and short stop Yuniesky Betancourt had two RBIs.

The Phillies had a serious chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth. Trailing 3-2, Milwaukee brought in their closer John Axford to finish the job.

But Axford didn’t do too well, especially as his ERA and WHIP suggested. He gave up a lead-off walk to Carlos Ruiz. Wilson Valdez then followed with a sacrifice bunt to move Chooch to second.

Pete Orr then came up and ripped an RBI single into left field that scored Chooch from second. It was the Phillies’ 12th pinch hit of the season, a league best.

Victorino then walked and Placido Polanco was walked to bring up Jimmy Rollins. But Rollins popped up to short to end the threat.

The top of the 12th was one bad nightmare after another for Kendrick, who allowed only one earned run in the poor outing. Kendrick walked Rickie Weeks on four pitches and a throwing error on Carlos Gomez’s sacrifice bunt gave the Brewers runners on the corners with no outs. Braun then hit his sacrifice fly to give Milwaukee the lead.

After hitting Fielder and walking Casey McGehee, Betancourt hit a sacrifice fly to left field. Two batters later, Lucroy hit an RBI single before Betancourt was gunned at the plate.

The Phillies may have also lost reliever J.C. Romero. He seemed to roll his ankle during a play in the ninth. Many beat guys are suspecting Romero lands on the 15-day DL and Mike Zagurski gets called up.

WP: Kintzler (1-0). LP: Kendrick (0-1).

Boxscore.

Series Preview: vs. Milawaukee Brewers

PHI: 10-4, 1st in NL East; MIL: 7-8, 4th in NL Central

When: April 18-20
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Joe Blanton (0-1, 10.45) vs Shaun Marcum (2-1, 2.55)
Tuesday:
Roy Halladay (2-0, 1.23) vs Randy Wolf (1-2, 4.32)
Wednesday:
Cliff Lee (2-1, 4.19) vs Chris Narveson (2-1, 1.45)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, PHL 17

Tuesday, 7:05, CSN
Wednesday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to Watch1B Prince Fielder: Fielder is off to one of the hottest starts in baseball, hitting .321 with four homers and 16 RBIs through 15 games. But that’s something to expect from Fielder, who has always consistently been one of the top hitting first basemen in the game.

There is a lot of boom in Prince Fielders bat. That can be a huge factor in a hitters park like CBP.

Fielder is also a monster against the Phillies, especially at CBP. In 32 games against the Phils, Fielder is hitting .339 with 11 homers and 32 RBIs. At the stadium, Fielder has an average of .345 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 17 games.

With Joe Blanton pitching today, Fielder could have himself a game. It will be interesting to see his match up against Cliff Lee on Wednesday.

Overview: The Brewers are off to a mediocre start, especially for a team considered to compete in the NL Central. But it’s still very early in the season to write anyone off (especially Boston).

They are led by Fielder as mentioned above and one of the best young players in the game in Ryan Braun. Braun is leading the team with a .329 average as well as hitting four homers and driving in nine RBIs.

They also have speed demons 2B Rickie Weeks, CF Carlos Gomez and OF bench player Nyjer Morgan.

The Phillies are still off to a very strong start offensively, especially when the bats were questioned before the season. Placido Polanco has been on a tear, hitting .373 with a homer and 12 RBIs from the two-spot. Ryan Howard has also been good to start off the season though he’s tapered off the past few games, hitting .288 with three homers and a team-high 14 RBIs.

Pitching this series again favors the Phils heavily as they have their two best pitchers going. Milwaukee is still without their newly acquired ace Zach Grienke, who is on the DL until early May.

The Phils have also dropped the first game of the past four series and with Blanton on the hill tonight, a fifth is likely if the offense doesn’t show up.

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