Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum have little in common except performance on the mound.
Nicknamed the Freak, Lincecum is a shaggy-haired, skinny kid from Bellevue who looks like a bat boy and has an unorthodox delivery.
Known as Doc, the bearded Halladay is bigger, stronger and can probably pass for a professor. Halladay is robotic, has perfect mechanics and has a tireless work ethic.
They’ll showcase their stuff when the San Francisco Giants play the two-time NL champion Philadelphia Phillies in Game 1 of the league championship series today at Citizens Bank Park.
“It’s going to be a tremendous matchup,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “You have two of the best pitchers in the game. … Two different styles. Their guy’s probably a little bit more conventional than Tim with his unique delivery. But when it comes down to it, he’s in the same position. They have four-plus pitches they can throw at any time with good command.”
Both pitchers were sensational in their postseason debuts last week.
Halladay threw the second no-hitter in postseason history in Philadelphia’s 4-0 victory over Cincinnati. A day later, Lincecum tossed a two-hitter with 14 strikeouts in San Francisco’s 1-0 win over Atlanta.
The Halladay-Lincecum matchup is the marquee pitching duel in a series that features a handful of aces. San Francisco will send Jonathan Sanchez against three-time All-Star Roy Oswalt in Game 2 on Sunday. Matt Cain faces 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels when the series shifts to AT&T Park on Tuesday.
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