Game 5, National League Championship Series

Phillies at Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodger Stadium, 8:22 p.m.

TV: Fox.

Radio: WPHT (1210-AM), ESPN (950), WUBA (1480-AM) Spanish.

Weather: Sunny, low 80s for first pitch.

Game Line: Phillies -$120; Dodgers +$100.

Over/Under: 7 runs.

Pitching matchup

Phillies LHP Cole Hamels


14-10, 3.09 ERA

- 33 starts; 7.64 hits/9 innings; 3.70 strikeouts/walks; 28 HRs)

Vs. Dodgers: 1-0 (1-0 career).


2-0; 1.20 ERA; 2 starts; 4.80 hits/9 innings; 5.67 strikeouts/walks.


2-1; 2.08 ERA; 3 starts; 4.57 hits/9 innings; 3.43 strikeouts/walks.


Oct. 9 vs. Dodgers (W), 7IP, 6H, 2ER 8K


Dodgers RHP Chad Billingsley


16-10, 3.14 ERA

35 games, 32 starts; 8.43 hits/9 innings; 2.51 strikeouts/walks; 14 HRs)

- Vs. Phillies: 0-1 (1-1 career).


1-1; 8.00 ERA; 2 starts; 13.00 hits/9 innings; 3.00 strikeouts/walks.


1-1; 6.55 ERA; 4 games, 2 starts; 11.45 hits/9 innings; 3.75 strikeouts/walks.


Oct. 10 vs. Phillies (L), 2 1/3IP, 8H, 7ER, 5K

3 things to watch

1. Step on their necks.

Which means, scoring early. Leadoff hitter Jimmy Rollins and sometimes-No. 2 man Shane Victorino need to get on base. Chase Utley is 4-for-8 with two doubles in his last two games, but he has only one RBI. Ryan Howard is 3-for-8 with one RBI. Rollins has been on base twice in the past two games. Neither Rollins nor Victorino reached base in Game 3, the Phillies' only loss in the series. This is more than a coincidence.

2. Finish him.

After Game 2, Chad Billingsley stood barefoot in front of his locker, unable to explain why the Phillies bombarded him with eight runs in 2 innings, the worst start of a career that has been steadily more gilded. He said he tried to slow the game down, he tried to stop the bleeding. He failed, and he didn't know why. The Phillies do - they're not saying, of course, but they do. Knock him out early and they can pop the corks later.

3. Swing easy.

In Game 3, the Phillies - out of their laughable home yard and in a real ballpark - often took huge swings, as they are prone to do when they leave the Bank. Rollins and Pat Burrell struck out twice apiece. But when they kept their swings easy, they rallied. They did so in Game 4 (except for Matt Stairs' game-winning softball swing) and won. Swing easy, make contact, use the huge Dodger Stadium outfield, score runs.