McCarver pumped up for NLCS Game 1

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Posted: October 15, 2010

Fox Sports broadcaster Tim McCarver is as excited as anyone for tomorrow night's Game 1 matchup between the dueling aces of the Phillies and San Francisco Giants.

To start off the National League Championship Series, the Phillies will send out Roy Halladay. In his previous outing, his playoff debut, he threw the second postseason no-hitter in history.

Opposing Halladay's mastery, the Giants will send out their own ace, Tim Lincecum. In his first and only postseason start, on Oct. 7, "The Freak" threw a complete-game shutout while striking out 14 Atlanta Braves, a Giants postseason record.

"It's easy to be excited about that matchup; I don't know how anyone can handicap it," McCarver said. "No way [either pitcher] has an advantage."

McCarver went on to say that if one of the two had to be viewed as having the edge, it would be Halladay simply because he is pitching in his home ballpark, Citizens Bank Park.

Although both of these pitchers have comparable statistics, the similarities end there. Their pitching styles could not be more opposite. Lincecum is 5-11, 170 pounds and his awkward, unorthodox release is on one end of the spectrum, while Halladay's mechanics on a 6-6, 230-pound frame are picture perfect.

"I didn't do too well in physics in high school, but a guy of Lincecum's size and skill goes against physics," McCarver said.

- Alex Falk

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