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The marquee pitching match up has arrived in the 2010 National League Championship Series. It does not involve former or current Cy Young Award winners. There won’t be any former post season MVP on the hill. Nor will there be any # 3s who would be considered the ace on many other staffs. This series will hinge on the efforts of a 6 year veteran who is 12 games over .500 with a career 4.30 ERA and a promising rookie pitching his 20th game. Joe Blanton for the Phillies. Madison Bumgarner for the Giants. Conventional thinking would seem to indicate hitters on both teams should be able to relax after the assignments given them in the first three games. But Blanton has been very good in the post season with the Phillies, and above average lefties like Bumgarner tend to give the Phillies lefty leaning line up fits.
If the Giants win this game they still have to go through Halladay,Oswalt and Hamels. If the Phillies win they get Lincecum, Sanchez and Cain. The important game is #4.