|I thought I'd fire this up well in advance of tonight's game, so that we can get a few predictions out there. A lot of time has been spent talking about Cole Hamels and how much his two starts will mean towards giving the Phillies a chance. And justifiably so - he's been fantastic this postseason. Jamie Moyer might be equally important - right now he's tentatively slated to get two starts, including a Game 7 if it goes the distance. The Rays' OPS against right-handers this year was .778, but .726 against lefties. It's a far more dramatic swing in the playoffs, but given the sample size, it's hard to extrapolate further. Anyhow, the point here is that Moyer needs to use that platoon advantage if his starts are going to go well. He's been fairly awful so far, so it's hard to have a whole lot of confidence in him. I'm going to go with the Rays in 7.
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Posted by Jeff Erickson at 10/22/2008 8:49:00 AM