There's an old adage in baseball that says, "good pitching beats good hitting". I don't necessarily agree with that. Great pitching usually will beat good hitting, while great hitting can usually beat good pitching. So, in the whole good vs. good secenario in the saying it's a push, but what about when it's great vs. great? As most of you know, the Phillies have a great offense spearheaded by Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Aaron Rowand, and Jimmy Rollins; and as some of you may know the Padres have a great pitching staff with vaunted aces Chris Young and Jake Peavy and trustworthy bullpen standbys Trevor Hoffman, Scott Linebrink, and Heath Bell...hell, they even have a guy with a 0.57 era (Kevin Cameron). A quick glance at the stats will show the Phils are ranked 2nd in MLB and 1st in the NL with 503 runs scored and they lead in many other offensive categories as well. The Padres are far and away the leaders in team era, posting a double-glance-worthy 3.13. With a 4 game set starting tonight in San Diego, which will prevail, the offensive-minded Phils or the run-stingy Padres?
Yesterday I was frustratingly thinking back on the Dodgers series when a certain song popped into my head and got stuck. Punk/Ska band Goldfinger did a little ditty called "The City With Two Faces" about Los Angeles. Needless to say, singing these song lyrics to myself helped soothe my temperament.