The 2010 NLCS schedule could have some of the best pitching match-ups we have seen in baseball postseason history. When Game 1 of the NLCS opens on Saturday night, we will get to see a match-up of two of the best pitchers the National League has to offer right now.
Roy Halladay will pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies and Tim Lincecum will take the mound for the San Francisco Giants. With all due respect to historians of the game of baseball, this Lincecum vs. Halladay match-up is what fans of great pitching duels live to see. And that is only the Game 1 match-up.
The projected Game 2 starters of the Phillies vs. Giants series are Roy Oswalt and Matt Cain, two guys who are also considered among the best pitchers in baseball. Oswalt was buried on an underperforming Houston Astros team the past few years, but don’t forget that this is a guy who has confounded hitters for years. In his brief stint for the Phillies in 2010, he went 7-1 with a 1.74 ERA and an amazing stat of less than one runner getting on base each inning he pitched. He has a lot of postseason experience, and won his single start in the NLDS, despite giving up three earned runs. Matt Cain didn’t give up any earned runs in his NLDS start, marking a great postseason debut.
Maybe upping the excitement level surrounding the pitching staffs of the San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies is the fact that so many of these guys had never even seen the postseason before. Halladay just pitched a no-hitter in his first ever postseason start, and Lincecum came very close to matching that in his two-hit, 14 strike-out shut out of the Atlanta Braves in his debut. Two of the best pitching performances that we have ever seen in the postseason just happened one day apart in 2010, and now we get to see these two aces go head-to-head in Game 1 of the 2010 NLCS.
Talking about the notable names of these pitching staffs doesn’t even mention that Game 3 starters Jonathan Sanchez and Cole Hamels could be No. 1 starters for many other teams around baseball. It is amazing how deep both pitching staffs really are, and offense is going to be at a premium during the 2010 NLCS. The team that manages to score three runs on a night seems to have the upper hand at winning this series, and a win in the NLCS will give the National League champion home field in the World Series.
Game 1 is on Saturday night, and we could be watching baseball history take place as two of the best pitching staffs since the Atlanta Braves threesome take to the mound this week.
2010 National League Championship Schedule
Game 1: Saturday, Oct. 16 @ Philadelphia (FOX)
Game 2: Sunday, Oct. 17 @ Philadelphia (FOX)
Game 3: Tuesday, Oct. 19 @ San Francisco (FOX)
Game 4: Wednesday, Oct. 20 @ San Francisco (FOX)
Game 5: Thursday, Oct. 21 @ San Francisco (FOX)
Game 6: Saturday, Oct. 23 @ Philadelphia (FOX)
Game 7: Sunday, Oct. 24 @ Philadelphia (FOX)