A few quick facts and random observations as we count down the last few hours until game time:
- The Phillies have played four Game Six contests in their post-season history, winning two (the 1980 World Series and the 1993 NLCS) and losing two (the 1993 and 2009 World Series). The two they've won were played at home, the two they lost on the road.
- The team has never played a post-season Game Seven, and only
oncetwice played any double-elimination playoff game: Game Five of the 1980 NLCS against the Astros, which they won, and Game FIve of the 1981 NLDS (a strike-year innovation) against the Expos, which they lost.
- The Phils have life despite this combined NLCS line from superstars Chase Utley and Ryan Howard: 8-36, 5 runs scored (4 by Utley), 3 doubles (all by Howard), 0 triples, 0 homers, 0 RBI, 6 walks (3 each), 3 steals (all Utley). Their combined triple-slash line: .222/.333/.262.
- Bad as that is, it exceeds the teamwide line: .209./.304/.316. And bad as that is, it's superior to what the Giants have done: .220/.279/.323. The Phils have outscored the Giants 18-16 (though two of the Phils' runs have been unearned), with their big offensive edge coming in stolen bases: they've swiped seven bags to San Fran's one.
- Take away Cody "Satan's Imp" Ross, and San Francisco is batting a collective 30-148 with six doubles, zero homers, and ten walks. That's a team triple-slash line of .202/.253/.243.
- Ross is hitting .375/.474/.1.063; all are team bests for anyone with more than three at-bats. With the same qualifer, San Fran's next most effective hitters in each category are Freddy Sanchez (.286 average), Andres Torres (.353 OBP), and Pablo Sandoval (.375 SLG).
- Again, this seems like a pretty strong argument for pitching around Cody Ross. (Hey network guys: you might want to put in a word here, as you probably don't want to see what happens if the Giants win and he's named series MVP in front of a very disappointed Philadelphia crowd.)
- The Phillies' Three Aces each have a loss in this series, with a combined line of 27.2 innings, 24 hits, 11 earned runs, 6 walks and 29 strikeouts for a collective ERA of 3.58 and a 1.08 WHIP. The Giants' Big Three of Tim Lincecum, Jonathan Sanchez and Matt Cain are a collective 2-2, with 27 IP, 17 hits allowed, 7 ER, 10 walks and 27 strikeouts for a combined 2.33 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.
- No Phillie reliever not named Chad Durbin (or Roy Oswalt) has been scored upon in the series. Ryan Madson, Brad Lidge and Jose Contreras have combined to throw 9.2 shutout frames with four hits, three walks and 13 strikeouts.
- The Giants' Brian Wilson and Sergio Romo have thrown a combined 5.2 scoreless innings of four-hit, one-walk, nine-strikeout ball. The rest of their relievers who've seen action have combined to allow six runs in 6.2 innings.