The San Francisco Giants’ comeback victory in Game 4 against the Atlanta Braves to clinch the NLDS preserved a dream pitching match-up as well as the overall rotation for the NLCS against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Giants will send Tim Lincecum, who would have started a Game 5 had the Braves won, to face Roy Halladay in Game 1 of the NLCS in Philadelphia. Halladay, of course, threw a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of that NLDS, while Lincecum answered with a two-hit, 14-strikeout complete-game shutout against the Braves in Game 1 of that series. Even better, the other matchups between Roy Oswalt v. Matt Cain (Game 2) and Cole Hamels v. Jonathan Sanchez (Game 3) will stay in place. UPDATE: Giants manager Bruce Bochy has switched rotation: Sanchez will start Game 2, followed by Cain in Game 3. Will this series deliver? Highly likely, but, in the end, I believe the Phillies’ big bats will ultimately win over the Giants.
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