Tonight baseball fans get to feast on what should be as awesome a display of starting pitching dominance that we've seen in many years. The end of the "Steroid Era" has given way to the beginning of the "Pitching Era" in baseball, and over the last couple of seasons no two pitchers have been more dominant than Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay.
Lincecum, the Giant's long-haired ace, has won the past two NL Cy Young Awards and carries a 3.04 career ERA and a 3:1 Strike Out to Walk ratio. Despite a more pedestrian starting record this regular season of just 16-10, Timmy went out in his first playoff game last week and threw the definition of a gem. At home against Atlanta in game of the NLDS he delivered a complete game, 2-hit shut out that set the tone for a series that the Giants would win in 4 games.
On the other side of the country Halladay, who was signed by the Phillies this past off-season after 7 all-star appearances as a Toronto Blue Jay, delivered the greatest performance any MLB pitcher has ever had in their first playoff game as he no-hit the Reds in Game 1 of their NLDS series. Halladay, who has an AL Cy Young already on his mantle is expected to win the NL version in 2010 having recorded 21 regular season wins, including a Perfect Game vs the Marlins in May.
Both pitchers will take the hill Saturday evening in Philadelphia looking to shut down the opposing offenses and capture the all important first win of the NLCS. For baseball purists, this is as great a match-up as we've seen in many years and should shape up to be a very enjoyable viewing experience for the fans.
While over-hype tends to take over these types of match-ups, we're rooting for each guy to carry a shut-out through 9 and have it end 1-0 in the 10th.