PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies were built to hit, yet somehow the storylines surrounding their latest entry to the National League Championship Series are all about the pitching. That's what happens when you have a trio of aces.Yes, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels for the Phillies against Tim Lincecum and a Giants staff that posted Major League Baseball's lowest ERA makes for compelling October matchups. Saturday's Game 1 is being billed as a duel for the ages, with both Halladay and Lincecum coming off outings considered among the best in postseason history. But it's not as if the hitters are going to sit at home and watch on television. Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino made that point earlier this week, and he had more to say on Friday. "Yeah, everybody knows how good our pitching is -- or how good the pitching is in this series," Victorino said. "But don't forget how good some of these offenses could be. Our team was built on offense. If you told me a year ago that we would have been talking about pitching over our hitting, what would you have told me?" He answered himself.
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