October 15, 2010
Most of the reason we're so excited for Saturday's matchup between Roy Halladay(notes) and Tim Lincecum(notes) is because of all the super statistics and accolades they're bringing to the table. It's no exaggeration to say we should be seeing one of the best postseason pitching matchups ever.
However, I think the contrast between their two styles is just as intriguing as the armfuls of Cy Youngs they'll carry into the game. Halladay is the sturdy Philadelphia Phillies plowhorse while the whiplike Lincecum looks like he'd be at home among San Francisco Giants fans. It's old school versus new, reserved against exuberant, short hair versus long.
Though the glare of the NLCS lights will draw those differences into a sharp focus, we've seen them once before — at last year's All-Star Game in St. Louis, when both pitchers started the game for their then-respective leagues and ran into each other at a pregame press conference. It's the only time they've ever started a game against each other.
So have at it, amateur Internet copy editors of the world. How should this caption read?
2nd — Sooze. "Wake me up when one of these (guys) needs surgery."
HM — Allen. "This will be the only time Blanton makes headlines in the series."