NLDS preview Q&A with The Good Phight

Oh Man. We're less than 16 hours away from the NLDS. Oh Man.

And because we haven't inundated the front page with enough articles yet, I have yet another one for you.

I exchanged questions with Peter Baker (WholeCamels) of The Good Phight, SBNation's Phillies blog.

Let's listen!

1. Who has been the biggest surprise for you on a team that's been relatively stable in terms of personnel for the past few years?

Probably Jimmy Rollins.  Even though he had a much better second half (.642 OPS pre-ASB; .801 OPS post-ASB), he was shockingly, eye-wateringly awful for the first three months of the season.  We're fortunate that the lineup is so deep and powerful, and that Raul Ibanez spent the first two months of the year hitting like Albert Pujols, otherwise the team would have really struggled to score runs with Rollins struggling.

2. Madson or Lidge?

Madson.  Look, he's not a dead-solid lock the way Brad Lidge was last year, but with Ryan Madson, you can reasonably hope for a clean inning.  With Lidge, all season, it's been nearly hopeless.  He isn't perfect, but Madson is the best we've got.

3. What name, event, or concept do you anticipate being the most sick of hearing about come the end of this series?

"In this park, NO lead is safe!" -- apply liberally to Coors Field and Citizens Bank Park.  I'm sick of opposing announcers giving the impression that CBP is somehow not legitimate.  Well, guess what, two straight NL champs, two hitters' parks.  Shove that up your Turner Field.  Particularly frustrating because both the Phillies and the Rockies are solid pitching clubs.

4.  Which Phillies player needs to step up for them to defeat the Rockies?

Cliff Lee.  Something in between the Unhittable Pitching Robot of his first five Phillies starts, and the Hittable Pitching Machine of most of his recent outings, ought to get the job done.  Lee is on track to start two games in the Series.  If the Phillies can win those starts, they probably win the Series.

5.  Which Rockies player worries you the most in a short series?

Todd Helton, a Phillie-destroying beast.  1.143 career OPS vs. Philadelphia in 335 plate appearances, so we have an appreciable sample.  The only saving grace here for the Phillies is a pronounced platoon split (.986/.741) in 2009, but all it takes is one grooved fastball from some righty jerk in the bullpen to make it all for naught.

6.  Series outcome prediction.

Phillies in 4.  Phillies claim the first two in Philadelphia, then win Game Four behind lefty J.A. Happ.

Wow! What an interview! Thanks for your time, Peter, and here's to absolutely embarrassing your purchased ace Cliff Lee, and here's to hoping that he singlehandedly extinguishes the whole "WELL HE'S GOING TO THE NATIONAL LEAGUE THAT MEANS HE'LL BE BETTER" myth!

Because really, isn't that the more important thing? The furthering of NL awesomeness? 

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Purple Row

You must be a member of Purple Row to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Purple Row. You should read them.

Join Purple Row

You must be a member of Purple Row to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Purple Row. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker